Tara C. Raines, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in School Psychology program and affiliate faculty member of the Center for Multicultural Excellence at University of Denver. Dr. Raines received an undergraduate and M.A. degree in Special Education from Florida State University, a subsequent M.A. and specialist degree in School Psychology from Nova Southeastern University, and she ultimately obtained her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Georgia State University. Initially, Dr. Raines taught middle school students with Severe Emotional Disturbances in a Day Treatment Program in Florida before becoming a bilingual school psychologist in Georgia. She then completed a pre-doctoral internship in Child and Pediatric Psychology at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA), University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD).
As a researcher Dr. Raines worked for 6 years on an Institute of Education Sciences grant focusing on establishing the validity and utility of universal screening for behavioral and emotional risk within the Los Angeles Unified School District and multiple school districts in Georgia. She investigates early identification of behavioral and emotional disorders, subsequent interventions and outcomes across different groups. Specifically, as early identification of risk relates to the school-based pathways to juvenile justice. She also investigates the intersection of schools and law enforcement. She is currently the PI on a grant that is seeking to understand behavioral and emotional risk and social skills in youth with law enforcement contact.
Dr. Raines has partnered with the City of Las Vegas on their implementation of My Brother’s Keeper, a program aiming to improve education and equity for young men of color. She is leading the program evaluation and providing technical assistance for these programs.
Dr. Raines is passionate about community engagement. She has facilitated capacity building workshops for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, aiding non-profits in developing the skills formulate their goals organizations so they are poised to apply for external funding. She has partnered with a number of law enforcement agencies to develop and implement training related to implicit bias, community relationships, and working with individuals with disabilities.
In addition to her passion for community engagement, Dr. Raines is also dedicated to the improvement of cultural humility and increase of bilingual practitioners in the fields of mental health and education. In 2008, she developed a Spanish language immersion program specifically for mental health and education professionals, which she hosts annually in Quito, Ecuador. This program offers the opportunity for participants to expand their knowledge of Latin American culture and systems while increasing language proficiency.
In her downtime, Dr. Raines lives for traveling, loves to explore museums, reads/watches plenty of science fiction, and obsesses over all things related to Florida State University football.
Dr. Raines is accepting doctoral advisees.
DU Email: Tara.Raines@du.edu