The pronunciation of her name often presents problems for people. "L'Heureux" is pronounced
"LerRoo" and the pronunciation of "Tara" is up to you. At UCONN she was fortunate
to have Dr. Janet Barnes-Farrell as her advisor and mentor. Together they studied
a number of variables (e.g. attributions, sex typed jobs and tasks) to explain sex
differences in the level and accuracy of performance evaluation ratings. Her dissertation
examined how 360 degree performance feedback of sales managers was affected by how
often raters observed performance, their degree of familiarity with the managers'
jobs, and the consistency of the managers' performance.
Prior to joining the university, she was employed by LIMRA International (Life Insurance
Marketing and Research Association, International) where she worked with many talented
I/O psychologists on job analysis, selection test development, and performance appraisal
systems. LIMRA offered her many unique and challenging opportunities to perform I/O
research in applied settings. She frequently tells her students that job analysis
and selection testing are exciting areas of applied practice and research, certainly
more than reading the literature would imply!
She wears many hats at the University of New Haven. The role that provides her with
the greatest satisfaction is teaching the graduate students about the field. Her teaching
style is based on her belief in career-oriented instruction that encompasses both
professional and personal development. In 1992, she received a wonderful gift from
her students and peers when she was the recipient of the University's award for Distinguished
She confesses to being a "networking maniac". Her affiliation with local human resource
networking groups allows her to satisfy this obsession. She enjoys developing relationships
with I/O and HR practitioners to better understand their current and emerging issues,
and acquire quality internships and jobs for her students. She is the former president
and ten year board member of the Human Resource Association of Greater New Haven (HRAGNH).
The HRAGNH is a chapter affiliate of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM),
and sponsors the University of New Haven student SHRM chapter. She is also a member
of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, the American Psychological
Association, the American Psychological Society, the Academy of Management, and the
Society for Human Resource Management. She has served on many APA and SIOP committees
that address education and career issues for those with Master's degrees in Industrial
and Organizational Psychology.
She consults with local organizations from time to time on performance management
and coaching counseling projects. Her research interests include performance management,
worker well-being, and training competencies for Master’s level I/O psychologists.
To relax, she reads as many novels as possible, listens to classical and alternative
music, and lives for UCONN men's and women's basketball. Her home is in Hamden, Connecticut
with her husband Mark, and two little sons, Lee and Will.