Ms. Tarbi is a second-year doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing), and a Masters in Bioethics candidate. She is an active member of the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health based at Penn. Her research interests are focused on improving communication in the setting of serious illness, and she is working with co-mentors Salimah Meghani and Christine Bradway. Specifically, her dissertation work explores the existential dimensions of palliative care conversations related to prognosis with adults with advanced cancer.

Prior to pursuing her doctorate at Penn, Ms. Tarbi has worked in both clinical and research areas. She is board-certified as an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with advanced certification in Hospice and Palliative care. Previously, she worked as a Palliative Care Nurse Practitioner at the University of Vermont Medical Center, and as a Nurse Practitioner in a rural Patient-Centered Medical Home in New Hampshire. Ms. Tarbi also collaborated on studies investigating self-care strategies in individuals with heart failure, exploring relationships between social networks and health of older adults in assisted living facilities and dementia care units, and examining patterns of healthy cognitive aging by measuring changes in attention and novelty processing. Recently, she served as an expert facilitator for the Interprofessional Communication Workshop of the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program funded by the Health Resources & Services Administration.

In recognition of her scholarly pursuits and career development to date, she was appointed as an Associate Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute at Penn. Ms. Tarbi is also an active member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, American Society of Bioethics and Humanities, and American Association of Nurse Practitioners. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing in Adult and Gerontological Primary Care from Penn Nursing, and a Bachelor of Arts from Middlebury College.