Tara Sklar

Professor of Health Law and Director, Health Law & Policy Program

Tara Sklar is Professor of Health Law and Director of the Health Law & Policy Program 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 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, Engineering, and Management.

Professor Sklar teaches and writes primarily in how laws and policies influence the health and well-being of older adults. Her research has appeared or is forthcoming in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, Annals of Health Law & Life Sciences, Indiana Health Law Review, and The Elder Law Journal, among others. She is an Associate Editor for the Global Biosecurity Journal as well as a peer reviewer for the American Journal of Public Health, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and other leading journals.

Her work has been selected for a range of national meetings. In 2019, she presented or will present at the Food and Drug Law Institute's Annual Conference, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine BEMA Roundtable on Law and Medical Devices, International Council on Active Aging Annual Conference and Executive Leadership Summit, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Clifford Symposium on Tort Law and Social Policy, and Governance of Emerging Technologies & Sciences Conference. She also regularly presents at the American Society for Law, Medicine, & Ethics Annual Health Law Professors Conference.

Prior to her current role, Sklar was the inaugural Director of Aging Programs at the University of Melbourne and established the first online Master of Aging degree across eight colleges from the health sciences in public health, medicine, nursing, and social work to economics, urban design, engineering, and law. The University of Melbourne selected her for a Teaching Excellence in Innovation Award in 2016 for this achievement and provided her with a half-million dollars to develop an Aging Research Hallmark Initiative. In collaboration with Coursera, Sklar also 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 an advisory committee member for Australia's PricewaterhouseCoopers National Aging Advisory Group, Banner Health and University of Arizona Bioethics Committee, UA Health Sciences Healthy Aging Strategic Initiative, and Online Education Initiatives at Arizona Law. 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

  • Addressing Workforce Development for Population Aging with Consumer-Facing Digital Health Technologies, in Social Determinants of Healthy Aging:  A Public Health Perspective ___ (Aaron Guest & Elaine Jurkowski eds., American Public Health Association Press, forthcoming 2020).
  • Sensor Surveillance in Long-Term Care:  Balancing Privacy with Independent Living, in Data Driven Personalisation and the Law – A Primer ___ (Jacob Eisler & Uta Kohl eds., Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020).
  • Telehealth for an Aging Population:  How to Influence Adoption Among Providers, Payors, and Patients?, ___ Am. J. Law and Med. ___ (forthcoming 2020) (co-author, with Christopher Robertson).
  • The Research Exemption Carve Out:  Understanding Research Participants Rights Under GDPR and U.S. Data Privacy Laws, 60 Jurimetrics 1 (forthcoming 2020) (co-author, with Mabel Crescioni).
  • Digital Health Privacy and Age:  Quality and Safety Improvement in Long-Term Care, ___ Ind. Health L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2020) (co-author, with Rachel Zuraw).
  • Research Participants’ Rights to Data Protection in the Era of Open Science, 69 DePaul L. Rev. 2 (forthcoming 2020) (co-author, with Mabel Crescioni).
  • Affordability Boards – The States’ New Fix for Drug Pricing, ___ New Eng. J. Med. ___ (forthcoming 2019) (co-author, with Christopher Robertson).
  • Will the Law Let You Age Well? Legal and Ethical Considerations with Sensor Technology in the Shift to Wellness, ___ J. Active Aging ___ (forthcoming 2019) (co-author, with Richard Carmona et al.).
  • Book Review, ___ Global Biosecurity ___ (forthcoming 2019) (reviewing Nathan Myers, Pandemics and Polarization:  Implications of Partisan Budgeting for Responding to Public Health Emergencies (forthcoming 2019)).
  • Elderly Gun Ownership and the Wave of State Red Flag Laws:  An Unintended Consequence That Could Help Many, 27 Elder L.J. 35 (2019).
  • Preparing to Age in Place:  The Role of Medicaid Waivers in Elder Abuse Prevention 28 Ann. Health L. 195 (2019) (co-author, with Rachel Zuraw).
  • Characteristics of Lawyers Who are Subject to Complaints and Misconduct Findings, 16 J. Empirical Legal Stud. 318 (2019) (co-author, with Yamna Taouk et al.).
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  • 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, Health Law & Policy Program
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2019 - present
  • Professor of Health Law and Director of Graduate Health Sciences Programs
    James E Rogers College of Law
    2018 - 2019
  • 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