Tara V. DeJohn received her PhD & Master’s degrees in social work, and a BS in psychology, from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She has been a licensed clinical (now certified per Arkansas credentialing) social worker since 1992. Her clinical experience includes direct practice with adolescents and adults diagnosed with severe and chronic mental illnesses in clinical and community-based, non-profit settings and private practice. She has served as the executive director of a non-profit organization serving foster care youth in residential and therapeutic home placements. Additional professional experiences include serving as Field Internship Director and Adjunct Faculty for the LSU School of Social Work, medical social work, and administrative consultation.
In addition to the above employment experiences, community and professional membership activities have occupied a lot of Dr. DeJohn’s time. She was an active volunteer for the Mid City Dance Project, which provided professional dance instruction, performance opportunities, and tutoring to children placed in vulnerable positions due to poverty or disabilities. She has served in various positions on the board for the state chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-LA). While in graduate school pursuing her PhD, she served as an officer for LSU’s Black Graduate and Professional Student Association (BGPSA). She has begun publishing in peer-reviewed journals. She has presented at numerous Louisiana, Arkansas, and national level conferences. Her research interests include child welfare, social and racial justice, critical theory, cultural competence, and social work ethics.
Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at UALR School of Social Work and a recent graduate of Class 16 for LeadAR, an Arkansas statewide leadership development program. She is a member of the Arkansas Department of Children & Family Services’ Advocacy Council, a volunteer for Make A Wish Foundation-Mid-South Chapter, lead researcher on the Arkansas Prison Sentencing Disparities project, and an actively involved parent in her daughter’s school. Most recently she has served as founding co-chair for UALR’s Safe Zone.
Courses taught at UALR include:
Advanced Direct Practice (ADP) I & III
Trauma-focused Practice with Children
Evaluation & Research I & II
Management & Community Practice I & II