Howard Taras is a professor of pediatrics. He specializes in medical consultation to school districts across California and with fostering community engagement for researchers. Dr. Taras assists school districts with medical policies. He also assists school districts to achieve optimal safety and least restrictive environments for students with special health care needs (504 plans, IEPs), modified physical education, homebound education, etc.
Dr. Taras is director of the Community Engagement division of the Clinical & Translational Research Institute, where he assists community agencies to link with researchers and assists researches with reaching community members and community-based professionals (e.g., for subject recruitment plans, to make research designs and content more relevant and adaptable to community practices).