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 Engineering, Pharmacy, Public Health, Management, Nursing, and Social & Behavioral Sciences.

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 following peer reviewed journals:  the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, American Journal of Law & Medicine and Jurimetrics, 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.

Professor Sklar has received over four million dollars in grants and philanthropic support from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and private donors. In 2020, she was awarded a University of Arizona Provost Investment Fund to create multidisciplinary graduate programs in Aging Law & Policy and Health Information Privacy & Data Security.

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, including the health sciences to architecture and urban design, economics, 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 20,000 students called Rethinking Aging:  Are We Prepared to Live Longer?.

Sklar 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. 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 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

  • Wellness Devices of Uncertain Value:  Citizen Science Advances in the Absence of Regulatory Action, in Innovation and Protection:  The Future of Medical Device Regulation ___ (I. Glenn Cohen, Timo Minssen, Nicholson Price, & Christopher Robertson, eds., Harvard University Press (forthcoming 2020) (co-author, with Mikey Sklar).
  • Preparing the Healthcare Workforce for an Aging Population, in Social Determinants of Healthy Aging:  A Public Health Perspective ___ (Aaron Guest & Elaine Jurkowski eds., American Public Health Association Press, forthcoming 2020).
  • Data-Driven Personalisation for an Aging Population:  Is a Relational Approach to Informed Consent Needed?, in Data Driven Personalisation and the Law – A Primer ___ (Jacob Eisler & Uta Kohl eds., Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020) (co-author, with Kathryn Huber).
  • Telehealth for an Aging Population:  How Can Law Influence Adoption Among Providers, Payors, and Patients?, ___ Am. J. Law and Med. ___ (forthcoming 2020) (co-author, with Christopher Robertson).
  • Vulnerability to Legal Misconduct:  A Profile of Problem Lawyers in Victoria, Australia, ___ Int'l J. Legal Prof. ___ (forthcoming 2020) (coauthor, with Jennifer Schulz Moore et al.).
  • 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, 381 New Eng. J. Med. 1301 (2019) (co-author, with Christopher Robertson).
  • Digital Health Privacy in Active-Aging Settings:  Will the Law Let You Age Well?, 19 J. Active Aging 14 (Nov./Dec. 2019) (co-author, with Richard Carmona, Kathie Insel, & Christopher Robertson).
  • Book Review, ___ Global Biosecurity ___ (forthcoming 2019) (reviewing Nathan Myers, Pandemics and Polarization:  Implications of Partisan Budgeting for Responding to Public Health Emergencies (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