Dr. Tara McKay, PhD (she/her), is a nationally recognized expert in the field of LGBTQ population health, policy, and aging. She is a co-founder of the Vanderbilt LGBTQ+ Policy Lab, which was recently recognized by the National Institutes of Health for advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in health research. Her research examines the social and policy contexts that shape health over the life course, primarily among LGBTQ+ populations in the US and African contexts. Her work has been cited over 2200+ times and engaged with by academic colleagues writing from institutions in over 35 countries. Her research has been supported by over $4.2 million in grants as Principal Investigator from the National Institutes of Health and several smaller awards as Principal Investigator/Co-Investigator from the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Commonwealth Foundation totaling over $1.5 million. She was recently featured on the PBS Aging Matters series (episode: Aging with Pride, June 2022). PBS also produced an 2:30 minute special focusing on the findings of her research.
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Health, and Society
Associate Director, Center for Research on Inequality and Health
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Alzheimer’s Dementia Research Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Center for Child Health Policy, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies, Vanderbilt University
Department of Sociology, Vanderbilt University
Program for LGBTQ Health, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Tennessee Center for AIDS Research, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
high-impact research on the social and policy determinants of health for lgbtq+ people, families, and communities
with Samuel Mann and Gilbert Gonzales
sociologist. EDUCATOR.thought leader.