Dr. Taylor received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her area of clinical expertise is working children, adolescents and families. She has extensive clinical experience working with gang-involved youth, pregnant and parenting teens, and substance-abusing youth in community settings. Dr. Taylor completed her clinical internship at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, where she worked with psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents, provided consultation liaison services with youth hospitalized at the UCLA medical center, inpatients in pediatric oncology, and outpatients through the Diabetes Clinic, the Spanish Speaking Clinic and the Child Outpatient Clinic.
Dr. Taylor’s areas of specialization include community psychology and community mental health, asset-based community development, disaster mental health (critical incident stress debriefing), developmental psychopathology, program development and evaluation, and multicultural competence. Her current research focuses on the impact of parental advocacy and family literacy in combating the impact of educational disenfranchisement among children and youth attending low performing urban schools. In addition, she works with colleagues in the field education developing methods and models for community engaged pedagogy. She is the recipient of the 2008 Outstanding Educator Award from the Council on Education Programs of the Society for Community Research and Action. Her community service to the City of Los Angeles has been recognized in Commendations from California Senator Barbara Boxer and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and a Proclamation from the City of Los Angeles.
For the past fifteen years, Dr. Taylor has worked with schools and community organizations providing consultation and strengths-based interventions with diverse populations. She provides parent education through public schools on a wide variety of issues that impact child, youth, and family wellness. She has extensive experience working with first responders to disasters and has worked with non-governmental international organizations providing consultation on trauma among children and youth displaced due to disaster, civil unrest, and war.
At AULA, Dr. Taylor serves as the Director of the Applied Community Psychology Specialization and teaching a wide range of courses in community, developmental, and multicultural psychology.