Tara Sklar

Professor of Health Law and Director of Graduate Health Sciences Programs

Tara Sklar is a Professor of Health Law and Director of the Graduate Health Sciences Programs at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. She also holds an appointment as a Health Law Fellow at the University of Melbourne. At the University of Arizona, Sklar launched and oversees two multidisciplinary online graduate programs in Health Law at the College of Law and in collaboration with the Critical Path Institute, and the Colleges of Pharmacy, Public Health, Social and Behavioral Sciences, and Management.

Professor Sklar teaches and writes in the areas of health law and policy, aging law and public policy, professional regulation, and research ethics. Her research has appeared, or is forthcoming, in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Annals of Health Law & Life Sciences, and The Elder Law Journal, among others. She is an Associate Editor for the Global Biosecurity Journal and as well as a peer reviewer for the Journal of General Internal Medicine and other leading journals. Her work has been selected for national meetings such as the Food and Drug Law Institute's Annual Conference, National Academy of Sciences Roundtable on Law and Medical Devices, Beazley Institute Symposium on Health Care and Policy, Clifford Symposium on Tort Law and Social Policy, and ASU's Governance of Emerging Technologies & Science Conference.

Prior to this role, Sklar was the inaugural Director of Aging Programs and established the first multidisciplinary online Master of Aging degree, which includes eight colleges from public health to economics, urban design, and engineering across the University of Melbourne. Sklar was also awarded over a half-million dollars to develop a Hallmark Aging Research Initiative in Melbourne, Australia, and in collaboration with Coursera, she designed and led a Massive Open Online Course that has registered nearly 20,000 students called Rethinking Aging:  Are We Prepared to Live Longer?. She currently serves as a steering committee member for Australia's PricewaterhouseCoopers National Aging Advisory Group.

Sklar has received over four million dollars in grants and philanthropic support from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and private donors. She has worked for health systems and government entities, including Ascension Health, MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the Food and Drug Administration, on a range of legal and ethical issues spanning access to care to clinical trials and end-of-life decision making. She graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University and has a dual degree Juris Doctor/Master of Public Health from the University of Houston and the University of Texas.

Curriculum Vitae

SSRN Published Papers

Representative Publications

  • Elderly Gun Ownership and the Wave of State Red Flag Laws:  An Unintended Consequence That Could Help Many, ___ Elder L.J. ___ (forthcoming 2019).
  • Preparing to Age in Place:  The Role of Medicaid Waivers in Elder Abuse Prevention __ Ann. Health L. __ (forthcoming 2019) (co-author, with Rachel Zuraw).
  • Characteristics of Lawyers Who are Subject to Complaints and Misconduct Findings, 15 J. Empirical Legal Stud. ___ (forthcoming 2019) (co-author, with Yamna Taouk et al.).
  • Retirement and Aging:  A Reordering of Priorities, in Living Life, Loving Life Young and Old 136 (Helen Sykes & Grant Blashki eds. 2014).
  • Complete List of Publications


  • J.D. University of Houston Law Center
  • M.P.H. University of Texas Health Sciences Center
  • B.A. Tulane University
    Graduated magna cum laude.

Work Experience

  • Professor of Health Law and Director of Graduate Health Sciences Programs
    James E Rogers College of Law
    2018 - present
  • Fellow in Law and Public Health Group
    School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
    2016 - 2018
  • Director of Aging Programs
    School of Population and Global Health, University of Melbourne
    2013 - 2016
  • Adjunct Associate Professor in Health Management and Policy
    School of Public Health and Social Justice, Saint Louis University
    2011 - 2013
  • Director of Access and Community Health
    Carondelet Health Network
    2008 - 2010