Tara Casanova Powell is the Principal of Casanova Powell Consulting, an independent traffic safety research consulting firm and the current Executive Director of the Association of Traffic Safety Information Professionals (ATSIP). Tara is also the Program Coordinator for the Annual Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities, and Tara is the project lead for a NHTSA cooperative agreement with the Network of Employers for Traffic Safety to expand employer-based traffic safety programs in the U.S. through assistance from State Highway Safety Offices (SHSO).


Tara has over 20 years of experience in the field of road safety. The bulk of Tara’s early career was at Preusser Research Group (PRG) where she was employed for 17 years. Tara led several national and state projects involving alcohol and drug impaired driving, occupant protection, teen driving involving graduated licensing, pedestrian and bike safety, older drivers and distracted driving and speed.

Tara’s past work includes a national evaluation of 28 state’s ignition interlock programs, a Washington State ignition interlock offender behavior project, a northern Virginia distracted driving program, Minnesota and Colorado interlock program evaluations, a multi-year Connecticut and New York Distracted Driving Demonstration, an FDA project to create an educational resource for the effective communication between health care professionals and patients about impairing risks of pain medication in relation to driving. Tara has recently completed a report illustrating Pretrial Services Early Intervention Programs for DWI Offenders: “A GUIDE TO DUI PRETRIAL SERVICES Key Components & Best Practice Recommendations” prepared for the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility. Tara also recently authored “Rideshare Volume and DUI Incidents in Target California Communities”, developed for National Association of District Attorneys (NDAA).

Tara has published several peer-reviewed journal articles and is regularly asked to present her research at local and national professional conferences. Tara is a consultant for the Governor Highway Safety Association (GHSA) Consulting Services Initiative, a founding member of the Connecticut Statewide Impaired Driving Task Force, a faculty staff member for the National Center for DWI Courts (NCDC), and a member of the Drugged Driving Committee at the Institute for Behavioral Health.


Tara has also recently been appointed to the Leadership Committee of the Transportation Research Board Alcohol and other Drug Committee, and the Treatment Measures Working Group of the International Council of Alcohol, Drugs and Transportation Safety where she currently serves as a member. Tara was also an expert panelist for the Behavioral Traffic Safety Cooperative Research Program 2018 Distracted Driving Initiative.

Tara Casanova Powell

Funding for this initiative was made possible  by grant no. 1H79TI081720 from SAMHSA.  The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by DAODAS.

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