Tara C. O'Connor, M.S.N., PMHNP

  • Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


Tara is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to adolescents and adults. Tara possesses strong clinical skills enhanced by natural ability to build rapport with patients and families. She follows evidence-based guidelines blended with clinical experience, personal observation, and intuition. As a PMHNP, Tara’s role is multifaceted, including educator, mental health advocate, therapist, and scientist.

As clinical faculty, Tara values interdisciplinary education and inter-professional collaboration for a whole person, patient centered approach to health and healthcare.

Joining the Department of Psychiatry and Unity Center for Behavioral Health is a bit of a homecoming for Tara, who returns to inpatient care after a decade of serving patients in their primary care home. Tara is always advocating for innovations in healthcare, and has special interests in the integration of behavioral medicine, trauma informed care, suicide prevention, and addressing relationship health.

Education and training

    • B.A., 2004, Clark University
    • D.N.P., 2018, OHSU School of Nursing
  • Certifications

    • ANCC adult psychiatric and mental health clinical nurse specialist, 2008
    • Board Certified Nurse Practitioner in Adult Psychiatry, 2014 - 2019
    • Licensed Adult Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, 2016
    • Licensed Registered Nurse, 2016

Memberships and associations:

  • American Psychiatric Nurses Association

Areas of interest

  • Inpatient Psychiatry
  • Integrated Behavioral Health
  • Intimate Partner Violence



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