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Dr Tara Batista

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4-H Youth Development Advisor
Kings County UC Cooperative Extension
680 Campus Dr. Suite A
Suite A
Hanford, CA 93230
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Tara Batista, Ph.D., has 15 years of experience in nonprofit management and positive youth development. She has worked for organizations such as the Southeastern Network for Youth and Family Services, Girl Scouts, the U.S. Dream Academy, and the Boys and Girls Clubs. Batista has also designed, implemented, and/or youth development programs in Chimaltenango, Guatemala; Vieques, Puerto Rico; Oxford, U.K.; Bogota and Barranquilla, Colombia; Pinellas Park and DeLand, Florida; New York City; and Providence, Rhode Island. She is currently president of Run 4 a Cause Foundation, which helps youth in Central Florida to participate in out-of-school time sports. Batista believes that her generation will make a positive impact on the world. She is also a competitive cross-country runner.


Ph.D. Youth Empowerment, Columbia University School of Social Work. 2014
MPhil Social Work Administration and Organizational Theory, Columbia University School of Social Work. 2012
MSc. Evidence-Based Social Intervention, University of Oxford. 2009
B.B.A. International Business, Stetson University School of Business. 2005
B.A. Spanish, Stetson University College of Arts and Sciences. 2005


Positive Youth Development, program evaluation, evidenced-based social intervention, systematic reviews

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Peer Reviewed

  • Batista, Tara; Johnson, Allen (2017). "The Children's Aid Society: Early origins of youth empowerment in the U.S. foster care system or paternalistic prevention?" Journal of Family History 42(1)
  • Lee, R. (2015). "Occupational change and asset holding among US immigrants." International Journal of Migration and Border Studies 1(4): 325-347.
  • Grant, E.S.; Calderbank-Batista, T. (2013). "Network Meta-Analysis for Complex Social Interventions: Problems and Potential." Journal for the Society of Social Work and Research 4(4): 406-420.
  • Batista, T (2010). "A Case for Evidence Based Practice." Columbia Social Work Review 1: 45-53.

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