Tara Carlisle, MD, PhD - Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellow

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MD, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

PhD, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus


Tara Carlisle was born and raised in Grand Junction, Colorado. As a pre-medical student at the University of Colorado-Boulder, she worked with researcher and educator William B. Wood, PhD, in his C. elegans developmental biology lab. She joined the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz) and completed a PhD in the Neuroscience program, where she studied activity-dependent processes in the developing spinal cord of Danio rerio (zebrafish) with Angeles B. Ribera, PhD. Dr. Carlisle completed an Internal Medicine internship with CU Anschutz and then a Neurology Residency with Partners (Massachusetts General/Brigham & Women’s/Harvard) Neurology in Boston, MA. She is now back at CU Anschutz in the Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry Fellowship. This is the next step in her training to become a physician scientist with a particular interest in cognitive reserve and cognitive resiliency. Outside of work, Dr. Carlisle enjoys crafting (i.e., visual art, furniture refinishing/refurbishment, making jewelry), outdoor activities (i.e., camping, hiking, skiing), playing board games, trying new foods, and spending time with her husband and son.

Recent Publication

Carlisle, T.C., Galetta, K.M., McGinnis, S.M., Bockow Kaplan, T. (2020). Clinical Reasoning: A 58-year-old woman presents with progressive memory deficits, odd behavior, and falls. Neurology 94(5): e557-e561.