Dr. Taylor is Associate Professor in Family Studies and Human Development (FSHD) and Assistant Director for Academic Programs and Students Services in the Norton School. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University, her M.S. in Psychology (with certification in School Psychology) from San Jose State University, and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She joined the faculty of Family Studies and Human Development in 1991.
Dr. Taylor teaches undergraduate courses on Sociocultural Context of Human Development and Issues in Aging. Her scholarship has focused on children’s social-emotional development and early school adjustment.
Before assuming her current role as Assistant Director, Dr. Taylor served for 12 years as the division chair of Family Studies and Human Development. In that capacity, she provided leadership and direction in developing the FSHD distance degree program in Yuma, Arizona and helped to put the FSHD program at the forefront of online course delivery.
In her current role as Assistant Director, Dr. Taylor continues to provide dedicated and stable leadership in support of academic programs and the mission of the Norton School. In her letter of nomination it was stated, “Dr. Taylor is remarkably sensitive to the best interests of the students and faculty while maintaining high quality educational standards. She is always willing to step up and help others and always shows support for the School, faculty, staff, students, and alumni by regularly attending and participating in all school events and activities.”
In 2012, Dr. Taylor received the CALS Administrator of the Year award in recognition of her outstanding administrative leadership on behalf of the FSHD program and the Norton School. She was recognized as an Honorary Alumnus from the UA Alumni Association in 2014.