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Tara R. Fox, DNP, CPNP

Assistant Professor

(317) 955-6727
Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences, Room 309H

Tara R. Fox, DNP, CPNP


Dr. Fox attended Virginia Tech for her undergraduate degree in biological sciences. She then went on to receive her RN and MSN from Vanderbilt University, followed by her DNP from Georgetown University. She has held a clinical faculty position at multiple universities and managed outpatient clinics in the Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia area. 

Her area of interest includes pediatric health. More specifically, pediatric infectious disease, pediatric mental health, and post-infectious autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders. Her research includes initiatives to better identify Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS) and Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS). In her current role, she serves as full-time faculty in the didactic and clinical setting.

Research and Publications

Diagnostic Criteria Associated with a Cohort of Children Identified with Symptoms of Postinfectious Autoimmune Encephalopathy (PAE), 2020


  • D.N.P., Georgetown University, 2020
  • R.N & M.S.N, Vanderbilt University, 2010
  • B.S Biological Science, Virginia Tech, 2008

Work History

  • Nurse Practitioner; Indiana School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Dec. 2019-present
  • Director of Health Services; Indiana School for the Blind & Visually Impaired, Jun. 2019- Dec. 2019
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner; Owner, TRF Pediatric Health, Dec. 2018-present
  • LEAD Provider, CPNP; KidMed Urgent Care After Hours, Jul. 2017-Dec. 2018
  • Clinical Preceptor; Virginia Commonwealth University, George Mason, & University of Virginia, 2016-present
  • CPNP; JSC Private Practice (Infectious Disease), Overseeing MD: Joseph Jemsek, Jan. 2011-Oct. 2017

Professional Affiliations

  • PNCB
  • ANA
  • Sigma Theta Tau

Area of Expertise

  • Pediatrics

Teaching Interests and Focus

  • Pediatrics
  • Research

Research Interests and Focus

  • PANS
  • Childhood PostInfectious Autoimmune Encephalitis
  • Pediatric Mental Health

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