TARA Center Information


TARA Center History

The TARA Center was established with a $1.25 million pledge from Michael C. Koffler. President and CEO of MetSchools, Inc.  MetSchools is a leading provider of schools for students with and without disabilities in New York City; serving more than 1,800 children in general education programs, special education, early intervention, and daycare settings.  The program began in 2010 with four students and currently serves over thirty fully-matriculated Pace University students. 


TARA Center Director

Dr. Mary Riggs Cohen the Director of the TARA Center. Dr. Cohen has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and has been in private practice at the Center for Neuropsychology and Counseling in Pennsylvania, providing evaluation, neuropsychological testing, social skills programs and individual psychotherapy for adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders.

As Clinical Director of the Social Learning Disorders Program of the University of Pennsylvania Medical School and an Associate Professor in the Psychiatry Department, Dr. Cohen developed the Social Skills Seminar for young adults with autism spectrum disorders. The program has been taught at the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia metropolitan area for more than ten years, and in New York City. Dr. Cohen is an associate of the Asperger Center for Education and Training in New York and has been a consultant to several schools, and autism programs as well as to colleges that provide specialized services for students on the autism spectrum and with other learning differences. She is the author of Social Literacy: A program for young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Nonverbal Learning Disorders and Social Anxiety.