Tanja is a proud Aboriginal Australian woman through her Mother who was born in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, and Tanja identifies as Jaru and Bunuba. Her Grandmother is from the Barkly Tablelands region and Tanja's Grandfather is from East Kimberley, Western Australia. Tanja grew up in Mount Isa and has most recently lived and worked throughout the Northern Territory for the past eight years and has been living in Queensland for the past 2 years.

Tanja is a registered Clinical Psychologist and has a double degree majoring in psychology and human research management. She also holds a postgraduate degree, Masters in Clinical Psychology. Regarding working experience Tanja has had over nine years of practical psychological experience, and Tanja has worked in academic, clinical, and executive roles as a clinical psychologist. Tanja is currently working as the Wellbeing Director with ABSTARR.  Tanja is a current Board Director of the Australian Indigenous Psychologists Association and the Queensland Director for the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women's Alliance.  Tanja is passionate about working in evidence based and culturally safe ways to make a difference to the health and wellbeing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.