Tara Rooney is a speech-language pathologist who cares for pediatric patients with autism spectrum disorder and neurodevelopmental disorders. Her interests include best practices in parent education, community health issues and siblings with neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Rooney earned her bachelor's degree in psychology from Santa Clara University and her master's degree in speech-language pathology from Northwestern University. She completed advanced training in the Hanen Centre's It Takes Two to Talk workshop, which teaches effective methods of engaging parents in intervention for children who have language delay. She has worked in hospital, school and private practice settings, and as a clinical supervisor.

Prior to joining UCSF, Rooney worked at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and the Children's Health Council, which provides mental health services for young patients in the Bay Area. While working in Boston Children Hospital's early intervention department, she was selected as a fellow in its Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program. She is a member of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), ASHA's Language Learning and Education Special Interest Group, and California Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

  • Education

    Northwestern University, MS, Speech-Language Pathology, 2008

Clinics I work with



Psychiatry & Psychology Clinic

Psychiatry & Psychology Clinic

Oakland / San Francisco

Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders Center

Autism & Neurodevelopmental Disorders Center

401 Parnassus Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94143

Where I see patients (2)

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    The first open fetal surgery in the world was performed at UCSF in the early 1980s.

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