- B.A., University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2004
- M.A., Emerson College, 2008
- Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 2015
Tara Traeder has been studying and practicing health communication for 10 years. Her research has predominantly focused on cancer communication, with specific focus on disparities in cancer prevention rates and breast cancer communication with nurse navigators. She is a supporting author on two publications in the Journal of Health Communication and Health Communication; both of which consider genetic determinism in single-gene disorders. Future research endeavors will consider the use of technology as a tool for discharge planning in hospitalized heart disease patients, with a focus on reducing readmission rates. While in residence at the Penn State University Park campus, Dr. Traeder taught the individual-focused Effective Speech course (CAS 100A), the group-based Effective Speech course (CAS 100B), and Business and Professional Communication (CAS 252). As a World Campus instructor, she teaches the group-based Effective Speech course (CAS 100B).