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Tara Davila, LCSW

Assistant Clinical Professor of Social Work; Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Child Study Center; Associate Director of Youth Services, Child Study Center

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Tara Davila, LCSW

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Tara Sanabria Davila is a Puerto Rican, bilingual (Spanish), multiracial clinical Social Worker with over 20 years of experience providing identity- tailored care to Connecticut’s historically underserved youth and families. Tara earned her BA n Psychology from The University of Massachusetts at Amherst, her MSW at Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, and a Certificate in Advanced Clinical Supervision from the Graduate School of Social Work at Smith College.

Tara’s clinical expertise is in supporting youth and family who have been impacted by trauma via her training and expertise with evidence-based practices. She is a Nationally Certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), trained in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP),and is a state trainer for the Modular Approach to Therapy for Children with Anxiety, Depression, Trauma and Conduct Problems (MATCH-ADTC). Tara is also skilled in treating depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts and behavior and in supporting diverse families in tapping into their strengths to support their child(ren).

As Associate Director of Youth Clinical Services, Tara supports the operation of the office- cased clinical services through administrative tasks and as a clinical supervisor and mentor. Tara has a passion to help support others to develop in their ability to understand and mitigate the impact of structural and interpersonal racism and discrimination on one's mental health. She mentors and teaches and supervises using a culturally humble lens. Through her role as the inaugural Vice Chair for Diversity of Equity and Inclusion at the Child Study Center, works to enhance the Child Study Center’s commitment to equity and inclusion to support a diverse department. She also works to support and disseminate best practices to address and mitigate the impact of racism and other forms of discrimination on people with identities that have been historically marginalized.

Tara is an avid reader, enjoys cooking cultural dishes, baking and spending time with her husband, their children and dog. She also derives great joy from supporting the development of Latine leaders and philanthropy as Co- Chair of the Progreso Latino Fund.

Education & Training

  • Fellow
    National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Educatio (2022)
  • Fellow
    Bentley Executive Education (2022)
  • Non Degree Program
    Smith Graduate School Of Social Work, Certificate in Advanced Clinical Supervision (2016)
  • MSW
    Boston College (2002)
  • BA
    University of Massachusetts, Psychology (1997)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Sally Provence AwardYale Child Study Center2022
Social Work Service AwardYale Child Study Center2021

Professional Service

Child Study CenterThe Standards and Operations committee works to adapt and develop policies and procedures for our clinical practice.2022 - Present
Child Study CenterThe YCSC DEIB Action Group (DAG) works to harness the power of our collective community to bring sustainable and transformational change to the Yale Child Study Center. This group of volunteers is led by the center’s Chief Diversity Officer, Tara Davila, LCSW, working to inform and support the YCSC Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Strategic Plan. This plan is aligned with Belonging at Yale initiatives at the University as well as the Yale School of Medicine Strategic Plan. The DEIB Action Group’s efforts are focused on helping to develop innovative ways to interrupt the norms within center policies, practices, and culture with the intent to increase diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.2021 - Present
Yale School of MedicineThe Diversity Champions meet together monthly to coordinate departmental efforts in support of the School Of Medicine's Diversity Strategic Plan.2020 - Present
Child Study CenterMember of the Social Work Fellowship Advisory Committee2016 - Present

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