Dr. Howe did her undergraduate work at U.C. Santa Barbara, and her graduate work at U.C. Riverside, in the area of developmental psychology. She did her master's and doctoral work on abused children's social and emotional development. Her work with abused children led her to delve deeply into the theory and research of parent-child attachment. She began to recognize that violence is not just a problem with individual families, but that societies vary in family violence rates. In addition to adhering strongly to attachment theory, she formed theoretical alliances with Vygotsky's sociocultural theory (recognizing the importance of more advanced members of one's culture for the individual's cognitive growth), and Bronfenbrenner's Bioecological Theory (showing how each individual exists within multiple systems of influence, from families, to neighborhoods, to social systems, to cultures).
When Tasha finished her Ph.D., she went on to an NIMH-sponsored postdoctoral program in Developmental Psychopathology at Vanderbilt University. There she completed a study on the impact of the timing of abuse on children's externalizing (e.g. aggression) and internalizing (e.g. depression) problems.
Dr. Howe's first faculty position was at a small, private liberal arts college in Kentucky, where she specialized in all forms of human development, both normal and atypical. She came to HSU in 2002. She teaches most of the courses in the department related to child and family development, including human development, developmental psychopathology, family relations in contemporary society (for which she wrote the textbook), and family violence.