Tamara Sims joined CHP/PCOR in August 2003 as a research assistant for the Functional Life and Independence Research project (FLAIR). She has since taken on new responsibilities, and now serves as project manager for FLAIR as well as two other projects: the Center on the Demography and Economics of Health and Aging (CDEHA) and the Center on Advancing Decision Making for Aging (CADMA). For FLAIR, Sims trains and supervises RA's, does data analysis, and helps prepare manuscripts and annual reports. For CDEHA and CADMA, she manages operations related to IRB approval, budgets, requests for research proposals, and more.
In a previous position as assessment coordinator for a UCLA study on HIV/AIDS prevention among homeless and runaway youths, Sims developed the assessment interview for the study, conducted interviews among at-risk youths, helped to implement group sessions that discussed safe sex and other HIV prevention strategies, and worked with homeless shelters to secure their cooperation for the study. She received a BA in psychology from UCLA and an MA in psychology (research emphasis) from California State University-Long Beach.