Visiting Assistant Professor
Office location: 2127
Phone number: 217-244-5232
Tara Earls Larrison received her MSW from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work and her PhD in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has advanced Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) Training from the Kantor Family Institute in Cambridge, MA.
She has been involved with social work and higher education for more than 15 years. Dr. Earls Larrison first began working with social work students in 1994 as a field practicum instructor for the University of Georgia (UGA) School of Social Work. She was subsequently hired into a faculty position and served as the Director of Foundation Field Education at UGA for five years. Since 2001, she has held a number of appointments at the University of Illinois within the School of Social Work and the Center for Teaching Excellence. Her various roles have included responsibilities in undergraduate and graduate teaching, curriculum and program development, pedagogical practices and evaluation, and mentoring graduate teaching assistants. In 2008, Tara was selected as a recipient of a campus-wide “Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching” award from the Office of the Provost and the Teaching Advancement Board. She started her current position as Visiting Assistant Professor in August 2009.
In addition, Dr. Earls Larrison has clinical practice experience with individuals and families in both urban and rural environments at non-profit therapeutic agencies, mental health organizations, and middle and high school settings. She has been a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) since 1996.