Tara Kuther, Ph.D.

Tara Kuther was About.com’s Graduate School Guide/Expert from 2000 to February 2016. Her work is inspired by 25 years of experience navigating graduate school and academia, as both student and professor.


Tara Kuther is a professor at Western Connecticut State University where she has taught since 1996. She has also taught at the undergraduate and graduate level at Lehman College, CUNY, Iona College, Fordham University, and Teachers College, Columbia University.

She has authored over a dozen books, many of which address professional development issues for students. Her titles include Surviving Graduate School in Psychology: A Pocket Mentor (American Psychological Association),  Life After Graduate School in Psychology: Insiders Advice from New Psychologists (with Robert Morgan and Corey Habben; Psychology Press), Graduate Study in Psychology: Your Guide to Success (C Charles Thomas),  The Psychology Major's Handbook (Cengage), Careers in Psychology: Opportunities in a Changing World (with Robert Morgan; Cengage), and, most recently, Lifespan Development: Lives in Context (SAGE).


Tara holds both master’s and doctoral degrees in Developmental Psychology from Fordham University (Bronx, NY)

Tara Kuther, Ph.D.

Getting into graduate school is just the beginning. It’s a whole new world, with new roles, rules, and responsibilities. Doctoral programs socialize students to academia – and the process continues well beyond graduate school. Start early, prep well, and don’t be afraid to ask questions of your profs, peers, and, especially, your mentor.

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