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Tamara Estes Savage (Ph.D. student)


Tamara Estes Savage (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) is a PhD candidate with the College of Social Work. She received her BS in biology from the University of North Carolina in 1991. After graduation, she worked as a microbiologist for a pharmaceutical company and municipal water treatment facility. In 1998, she graduated with a BSW from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She went on to receive an MSW from USC in 2000 and is currently a part-time faculty member at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Additionally, Tamara has worked as the Children’s Social Worker at a homeless shelter, participated in community engaged social work at a public housing development, and been a field supervisor for several MSW students.  Her overall research interest is the impact of perceived everyday racial discrimination on medication self-management among African American End-Stage Renal Disease patients. Since beginning the COSW PhD program, Tamara has published six scholarly articles and presented at 14 conferences. In 2015, she was awarded the Outstanding Student Poster designation at the 8th annual James E. Clyburn Health Disparity Lecture by the Institute for Partnerships to Eliminate Health Disparities at USC.   Additionally, she received a USC SPARC grant in 2014, a Kidney Star award by the American Society of Nephrology in 2014 and 2015, and is presently a Fellow at the Institute of African American Research and serves as an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Nephrology Social Work and as a Consulting Editor for Social Work Research. Tamara’s social work program advisor and chair of her doctoral committee is Dr. Teri Browne.

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