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Tara Anderson


Tara Anderson joined the Department of Sociology and Social Work in 2020, following seven years teaching at Western Technical College in La Crosse. She is a licensed clinical social worker and substance abuse counselor with 15 years of professional experience.

Anderson is a current task force member for the CSWE/ American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Curricular Guide for Substance Use in Social Work Practice. Anderson is also a member of La Crosse-based Alliance to Heal, focused on ending the opioid abuse crisis.


  • National Association of Social Workers, Member

What I enjoy most about teaching is helping students to develop the knowledge, values, and skills to then be able to help and empower others most in need.

-tara anderson

Assistant Professor, Social Work

SCI B345


DSW - Social Work
University of St. Thomas

MSW - Social Work
Dominican University

B.S. - Sociology
Viterbo University


Human Behavior and the Social Environment
Social Work and Mental Health
Social Work Methods: Casework
Special Topics in Social Work