My research focuses on building the capacity of social service systems to improve the quality and effectiveness of their services. The systems I focus on primarily serve transition-age youth, individuals with serious mental illness, people with disabilities, and the lgbtq community. I am most interested in applied, community-based, participatory action research. I recently completed a photovoice project as an Independent Consultant for Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (http://www.acbhcs.org/mission/index.htm). Three students and I recently completed a photovoice project with the Arc of Alameda County (http://www.arcalameda.org/), an organization that serves individuals with developmental disabilities.
Diversity and social justice centered teaching and scholarship is another area of focus. Several colleagues and I collaborated on two university-wide DSJ projects, funded by the Programmatic Excellence and Innovation in Teaching (PEIL) program in 2012-2013 and 2013-2014. I enjoy teaching a wide variety of courses, with an emphasis on research and policy.
- B.A. Sociology, Vassar College NY
- M.A. Social Welfare, UC Berkeley
- PhD. Social Welfare, UC Berkeley
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Journal Articles (Peer-Reviewed)
Carnochan, S., Taylor S., Pascual, G., & Austin, M.J.. (2014). Employer-employee relationships in subsidized employment programs: The role of soft skills. Families in Society, 95(3), 187-194.
Conley Wright, A. & Taylor, S. (2014). Advocacy by parents of young children with special needs: Activities, processes, and perceived effectiveness. Journal of Social Service Research. Advance online publication. doi 10.1080/01488376.2014.896850
Benton, A., Androff, D., David-Barr, B., and Taylor, S. (2012). Of quant jocks and qual outsiders: Doctoral student narratives on the quest for training in qualitative research. Qualitative Social Work, 11(3), 232-248.
Taylor, S. (2011). Educational and vocational exploration in vulnerable youth. Child and Youth Services, 32(4), 355-379.
Taylor, S. & Anthony, E. (2011). Infusing early intervention for substance use into community mental health services for transitioning youth. Social Work in Mental Health, 9(3), 163-180.
Anthony, E., Taylor, S., & Raffo, Z. (2010). Early intervention for substance abuse among youth and young adults with mental health conditions: An exploration of community mental health practices. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 38(3), 131-141.
Cosner Berzin, S. & Taylor, S. (2009). Preparing foster youth for independent living: Collaboration between county independent living programs and community-based youth-serving agencies. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 3(3), 254-274.
Taylor, S. Engaging and retaining vulnerable youth in a short-term longitudinal qualitative study. (2009). Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice, 8(3), 491-308.
Stone, S., Austin, M., Berzin, S., Taylor, S. (2008). Exploring the knowledge base of HB&SE using the concept of reciprocity. Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment, 16(3), 89-106.
Cohen, E., Adams, N., Dougherty, R., Clark, J.D., Taylor, S. (2007). The intersection of transformation and quality in mental health treatment: Implementing the California Learning Collaborative. International Journal of Mental Health, 36(2), 21-35.
Carnochan, S., Taylor, S., Abramson-Madden, A., Han, M., Rashid, S., Maney, J., et al. (2006). Child welfare and the courts: An exploratory study of the relationship between two complex systems. The Journal of Public Child Welfare, (1)1, 117-136.
Taylor, S. (2006). Educating future practitioners of social work and law: Exploring the origins of inter-professional misunderstanding. Children and Youth Services Review. (28)6, 638-653.
Carnochan, S., Ketch, V., De Marco, A., Taylor, S., Abramson, A., & Austin, M. (2005). Assessing the initial impact of welfare reform: A synthesis of research studies. The Social Policy Journal, 4(1), 3-31.
Hastings, J., Taylor, S., Austin, M. (2005). The status of low-income families in the post-welfare reform environment: Mapping the relationships between poverty and family. The Journal of Health and Social Policy, 21(1), 33-63.
Taylor, S., Austin, M., & Mulroy, E. (2005). Evaluating the social environment component of human behavior and the social environment courses through an analysis of course outlines. The Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment, 10(3), 61-84. (Reprinted in The conundrum of human behavior in the social environment, by M. Feit and J. Wodarski, Eds., 2005, Binghamton, NY: Haworth.)
Taylor, S., Mulroy, E., & Austin, M. (2005). Social work textbooks on human behavior and the social environment: An analysis of the social environment component. The Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment, 10(3), 85-110. (Reprinted in The conundrum of human behavior in the social environment, by M. Feit and J. Wodarski, Eds., 2005, Binghamton, NY: Haworth.)
Stone, S., Anyon, Y., Berzin, S., Taylor, S., & Austin, M. (2012). Human behavior and the social environment: Exploring conceptual foundations in Thyer, B., Dulmas, C., and Sowers, K. (Eds.) Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Theories for Social Work Practice.
Clark, H.B., Taylor, S., and Deschenes, N. (2010). Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Model: Understanding youth perspectives and practices for improving their community life outcomes in Cheney, D. (Ed.) Transition of secondary students with emotional or behavioral disorders: Current approaches for positive outcomes. (2nd Edition). Arlington, VA: Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Career Development and Transition & The Council for Exceptional Children.
Stone, S., Cosner Berzin, S., Taylor, S., & Austin, M. (2008). Human behavior and the social environment: Exploring conceptual foundations In B. Thyer (Ed.), Comprehensive handbook of social work and social welfare, Volume 2: Human behavior in the social environment. Indianapolis, IN: John Wiley and Sons.
PEER-REVIEWED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
* denotes current or former student
Conley Wright, A. & Taylor, S. (2014, July). Advocacy by parents of young children with special needs: Activities, processes, and perceived effectiveness. Co-author of poster presentation delivered by A. Conley Wright at the 13th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
Taylor, S., Pizzi, D.*, Crispino, N.*, & Mozell, V.* (2014, June). Hope, family, and possibility: A collaborative program evaluation photovoice project. Oral paper presentation at the 25th Annual Network for Social Work Management Conference, Boston, MA.
Beck, J., Fong, C., Taylor, S., & Wong, R. (2014, March). A small step toward implementing diversity and social justice education through a faculty mentoring program. Co-author of oral paper presentation delivered by J.Beck, C. Fong, and R. Wong at the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.
Taylor, S., Wong, R., Fong, C. & Beck, J. (2014, February). Exploring conceptualization of diversity and social justice in a diverse, public, urban university. Oral paper presentation at the 26th Annual Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference, Las Vegas, NV.
Taylor, S., Cohen, E., & Stone, N. (2013, April). Using photovoice to engage stakeholders in program evaluation. Oral paper presentation at the California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies (CASRA) Spring Conference, San Mateo, CA.
Taylor, S. & Pierce, S.* (2013, January). Teaching community mental health in California: A statewide content analysis of course outlines. Oral paper presentation at the annual conference of the Society for Social Work Research, San Diego, CA.
Taylor, S., Anthony, E., & Raffo, Z. (2010, October). Substance use screening for youth and young adults in community mental health. Oral paper presentation at the annual conference of the Council for Social Work Education, Portland, OR.
Taylor, S., Wright, P., Brodie, K., Phan, P., & Woods, D. (2010, April). Teaching praxis: Values, goals, and challenges. Oral paper presentation in the session, Down Here on the Ground: Connecting Theory to the Real World for Our Students. Organized by Barnes, M. at the Annual Pacific Sociological Association Conference, Oakland, CA.
Beck, J. & Taylor, S. (2010, April). Alcohol and drug use among lower-income college students. Oral paper presentation in the roundtable, Working Class Studies. Organized by Torlina, J. & Hauhart, R. at the Annual Pacific Sociological Association Conference, Oakland, CA.
Taylor, S. (2009). Young adults’ perspectives on social support during transition to postsecondary work/education. Oral paper presentation in the symposium Transition to Adulthood: Services and Natural Supports Associated with Success. Organized by Clark, H.B. at the Annual System of Care for Children’s Mental Health conference, Tampa, FL.
Taylor, S.A., Anthony, E., Cohen, E., & Haber, M. (2009, January). Alcohol and other drug prevention for transition age youth with mental illnesses. Oral roundtable presentation at the annual conference of the Society for Social Work Research, New Orleans, LA.
Cohen, E., Snowden, L., Taylor, S., & Pintak, I. (2009, January). Early results from the California Learning Collaborative evaluation. Oral paper presentation delivered by E. Cohen in the symposium Integrating Research and Practice in Social Service Systems. Organized by S. Taylor at the annual conference of the Society for Social Work Research, New Orleans, LA.
Taylor, S., Miller, B.A., Ames, G., & Bourdeau, B. (2008, July). Why you should think before you drink: How parents communicate about the risks of alcohol use to their older teenagers. Poster presentation at the annual conference of the Research Society on Alcoholism, Washington, D.C.
Miller, B.A., Ames, G.M., Bourdeau, B., and Taylor, S. (2008, May). Protective factors over the years: Strategies for monitoring older adolescents. Oral paper presentation delivered by B. Miller at the annual conference of the Society for Prevention Research, San Francisco, CA.
Taylor, S. (2008, January). Engaging and retaining vulnerable transition age youth in longitudinal research. Oral paper presentation in the symposium Recruitment, retention and sampling of vulnerable transition age youth in longitudinal qualitative studies. Organized by L. Abrams at the annual conference of the Society for Social Work Research, Washington, D.C.
Taylor, S. (2007, October). A typology for supporting vulnerable youth in transition to school and work. Oral paper presentation at the annual conference of the Council for Social Work Education, San Francisco, CA.
Taylor, S. (2007, February). Transitions to school and work for vulnerable emerging adults. Oral paper presentation at the 3rd Conference on Emerging Adulthood, Tucson, AZ.
Taylor, S. & Cosner Berzin, S. (2006, February). Program strengths and collaborative challenges in an urban Independent Living Skills Program. Poster presentation at the annual conference of the Council for Social Work Education, Chicago, IL
INVITED COMMUNITY-BASED PRESENTATIONS
Taylor, S. & Conley Wright, A. (2014, November). I have learned not to take NO for an answer! Advocacy journeys for parents of kids with special needs. Ala Costa Centers Lecture Series. Alameda, CA: Ala Costa Center.
Taylor, S. (2014, September). One of four panelists speaking at How to Get a Job at a Liberal Arts College, a Community College, and a California State University: A Panel Discussion. Fourth Annual PhD Colloquium: Expanded Pathways to Teaching Careers Series. Berkeley, CA: University of California at Berkeley.
Taylor, S. (2013, November). Being a faculty member. Guest lecture for a course on Preparing for an Academic Career in Social Work taught by J. Midgley in the School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley.
Taylor, S. & Stone, N. (2013, May). Gifts, inspiration, and resilience: A Photovoice Project. Oral presentation at the Conard House Annual Community Forum. San Francisco, CA.
Carnochan, S., Taylor, S., & Austin, M. (2013, February). BASSC subsidized employment project: Employer engagement and retention. Oral presentation at the Bay Area Social Services Consortium meeting of Welfare Directors. Emeryville, CA.
Taylor, S. Diskowski, D., Hill, B., and Stone, N. (2012, December). Gifts, inspiration, and resilience: A photovoice exhibit. Co-facilitator of a participatory action research photovoice project, resulting in a public exhibition of the photographers’ works. All photographers were consumers involved in a community mental health recovery program. Photographs were displayed in this community space for two months, from December 2012 to February 2013. Berkeley, CA: Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists.
Taylor, S. (2012 & 2011, April). Parent advocacy for children with special needs. Invited for two years to guest lecture in a course on Child Advocacy taught by A. Conley in the Department of Child and Adolescent Development, San Francisco State University.
Foster, G., Sirojudin, S., Taylor, S., & Morris, M. (2011, May). Workforce development for healthcare reform. Contributing author for oral presentation by colleagues (was unable to attend conference due to a death in the family) of findings of the CalSWEC mental health curriculum analysis study as well as other related research. California Mental Health Advocates for Children and Youth (CMHACY) Annual Conference, Monterey, CA.
Taylor, S. (2010, December). Preliminary findings from the CalSWEC mental health curriculum analysis project. Oral presentation at a statewide meeting of mental health grant project coordinators and other mental health social work faculty. Loma Linda University, Ontario, CA.
Taylor, S. (2008, March). Mental Health Service Act (MHSA), Prevention and Intervention Planning, Data Briefs for Yolo County, Woodside, CA. Oral presentation of local data to community stakeholders to inform the MHSA planning process. Presentation arranged through consulting agreement with the California Institute of Mental Health.
Taylor, S. (2008, February). ATLAS.ti qualitative analysis software workshop. University of California, School of Social Welfare, Berkeley, CA.
Taylor, S. (2003-2007 – approximately 10 presentations in cities across California). The development of professional cultures in Schools of Law and Social Work. Presentations at regional training events for legal and social work professionals in ten California locations including Mendocino, Corte Madera, Belmont, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hayward, and Oakland. Presentations arranged through consulting agreements with the Bay Area Academy, the California Administrative Office of the Courts, Center for Families, Children and the Courts, and individual counties.
Cohen, E. & Taylor, S. (2005, May). Early psychosis and transition age youth. Presentation at From recovery to discovery: Transition age youth conference, Long Beach, CA.
PRESENTATIONS AT CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, EAST BAY, HAYWARD, CA
Taylor, S., Wong, R., Fong, C., Austin, D., Akolo, M., & Woods, D. (2014, September). DSJ@CSUEB: Past, Present, and Future. Oral presentation at Back to the Bay faculty conference.
Taylor, S. Pizzi, D.*, Crispino, N.*, Mozell, V.*, Alvarado, F., & Tuttle, R. (2014, May). Hope, family, and possibility: A photovoice exhibit. Co-facilitator of a participatory action research photovoice project, resulting in a public exhibition of the photographers’ works. All photographers were consumers involved in a program for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Photographs will be displayed at the CSUEB campus during the opening exhibition in May 2014, and in other community locations in the future.
Chester, D., Taylor, S., Ituarte, S., Harris, M., Komorosky, D., & Massey, M. (2014, April). Diversity and social justice rubric by the CSUEB Faculty Learning Community on Diversity & Social Justice. Oral presentation at the Spring Symposium on Assessment of Core Competencies.
Woods, D., Taylor, S., Davis, E.M., Geron, K., Ituarte, S., Stempel, C., & Ngo, M. (2013, September and 2014, February). Creating a Respectful and Inclusive Environment: Results of the 2011-2012 Diversity Survey. Oral presentations at Back to the Bay faculty conference and during the Week of Inclusive Excellence.
Taylor, S., Seitz, J., & Schneider, F. (2014). LGBTQ open dialogue. Panel presenter at an event organized by D. Woods and J. Stoll at the CSUEB Diversity Center.
Taylor, S. (2013, May). Cultural sensitivity in working with the LGBTQ community. Guest lecture in a course on diversity taught by N. Mahendra in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders.
Taylor, S. & Stone, N. (2013, May). Gifts, inspiration, and resilience: A Photovoice Project. Oral presentation at the Field Instructor Annual Appreciation Luncheon, Dept of Social Work.
Taylor, S. & Conley Wright, A. (2013, April). A survey of the advocacy activities of parents of young children with special needs. Poster presentation at the CSUEB Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Poster Exhibit.
Beck, J., Fong, C., Taylor, S., Harris, M., Jackson Kimball, D., Wong, R., Le, T., & Marcus, I. (2013, April). Diversity and social justice planning project. (A project of the Programmatic Excellent and Innovation in Learning program.) Poster presentation at the CSUEB Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Poster Exhibit.
Taylor, S. (2012, May). Teaching mental health in California: Curriculum content analysis. Poster presentation at the CSUEB Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Poster Exhibit..
Taylor, S., Woods, D., Marcus, I., Fajilan, A., Harris, M., Ituarte, S., Jackson Kimball, D., Mahendra, N., Mallare, M., Manopulos, M., & McGirk, J. (2012, May). 2011-2012 All-campus diversity survey: Preliminary findings. Developed award-winning poster presented at Diversity Day.
Woods, D., Taylor, S., Manopoulos, M., Mahendra, N., Ituarte, S. (2010, September). Incorporating diversity issues into course curricula. Oral presentation at Back to the Bay faculty conference..
Taylor, S. (2010, March). Community mental health provider attitudes about alcohol and other drug screening for transition-age youth with serious mental illness. Poster presentation at the CSUEB Faculty Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity Poster Exhibit.
Consultant, Interprofessional Nurse Practitioner Education for the Collaborative Care of Children with Chronic Conditions (INPEC5), 2014-present. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HRSA-14-066. Sub-award through UCSF.
Principal Investigator, Integrated Behavioral Healthcare Social Work Field Placement Project, 2013-2014. Council on Social Work Education/New York Community Trust.
Principal Investigator, Diversity and Social Justice Faculty Fellows Pilot Program, 2013-2014, Programmatic Excellence and Innovation in Learning (PEIL) grant, California State University, East Bay. Co-Principal Investigators: Julie Beck, Colleen Fong, and Rose Wong.
Co-Principal Investigator, Diversity and Social Justice Grant Project, 2012-2013, Programmatic Excellence and Innovation in Learning (PEIL) grant, California State University, East Bay. Principal Investigator: Julie Beck; Co-Principal Investigator: Colleen Fong.
Principal Investigator, Mental Health Curriculum Content Analysis Project, 2010. Zellerbach Foundation, sub-award through Loma Linda University.
Project Coordinator, CalSWEC Mental Health Stipend Program, 2009-2011. California Social Work Education Center. Co-Principal Investigators: Evaon Wong-Kim and Dianne Rush Woods.
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Prevention Science Research Training Program, National Institute of Health, National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, T32 AA014125-04, Program Director: Genevieve Ames.
Associate Research Scientist, Family Strengths in Preventing Adolescent Drug Use, 2007-2009. National Institute of Health, National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, R01 AA015523-01A2, Principal Investigator: Brenda Miller.
- Committee on Research, Chair: 2013-present; Member: 2012-2013
- Principal Investigator Advisory Committee, 2014-present
- Faculty Marshal, CSUEB Graduate Commencement Ceremony, June 2014
- Participant in three Faculty Learning Communities for Diversity and Social Justice, 2011, 2012, & 2014
- Volunteer Counselor, Renaissance Scholars Program, 2010-2013
- Former Member, Renaissance Scholars Advisory Board, 2010-2012
College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences
- Curriculum Committee Member, 2014-present
- FACT Assessment Committee Member 2013-2014
- Faculty Marshal, CLASS Commencement Ceremony, June 2012
Department of Social Work
- Assessment Committee, Chair: 2013-present; Member: 2009-2010
- Curriculum Committee, Chair: 2011-2013; Member: 2009-2011; 2013-present
- Research Sequence, Chair: 2013-2014; Co-Chair: 2010-2011; 2012-2013; Member: 2011-2012
Departmental Faculty Search Committees:
- Tenure-Track, Member, 2013-2014, 2014-2015
- Title IV-E Coordinator, Member, Summer 2014
- Three-Year MSW Coordinator, Chair, Fall 2013
- Field Director Search Committee, Chair, Spring 2014
- Field Director/Field Liaison Search Committee Chair, Fall 2012
- Field Liaison Search Committee Member, Spring 2012
- Admissions application reviewer, 2009-present
- Capstone Committee, Chair, 2012-2013
- Human Behavior & the Social Environment Sequence Chair, 2011-2012
- Mental Health Concentration Co-Chair, 2009-2012
- Student Performance Committee Chair, 2011-2012
- Technology Committee Chair, 2009-2010
- Board of Directors, Arc of Alameda County, Vice President (2014-present), Chair of the Program Sub-Committee (2011-present), Member-at-large, (2010-2014)
- Board of Directors, Ala Costa Centers, Member-at-large (2014-present)
- Founder and organizer, East Bay Parents of Kids with Special Needs (2008-present, but currently inactive. Was active through 2013 and may be re-activated again in the future).
- Bay Area Mental Health and Education Workforce Collaborative, January 2009-present
- California Social Work Education Center Mental Health Committee, January 2009-present
- Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services, High School Mental Health Pathways Planning Group, 2010-2013
- San Mateo County Behavioral Health Services, Workforce Education Committee, 2010-2012
- Transition-Age Youth Sub-Committee, California Mental Health Director’s Association, January 2005-December 2008
- Ad-Hoc Reviewer for the following journals
- Journal of Research on Adolescence
- Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
- Journal of Adolescent Research
- Qualitative Social Work
- Youth and Society
Community-Based Professional Consulting
- Independent Evaluation Consultant, Alameda County Behavioral Health, Oakland, CA: CHOICES for Community Living Program Evaluation, 2010-present
- Independent Evaluation Consultant, Alameda County Behavioral Health, Oakland, CA: Workforce, Education, and Training Survey Development, 2014-present
- Independent Evaluation Consultant, Bay Area Social Services Consortium, Berkeley CA: Subsidized Employment Evaluation, 2011-2014
- Independent Evaluation Consultant, California Institute for Mental Health/Solano County Mental Health, Fairfield, CA: Evaluation of the Implementation of the California Brief Multicultural Scales (CBMCS), 2011
- Independent Consultant, California Institute of Mental Health, Sacramento, CA: Yolo County Prevention and Early Intervention Community Planning Process, 2008
- Independent Consultant, Casey Family Programs, Oakland, CA: Evaluation of an Independent Living Skills Program, 2004-2005
Other Relevant Experience at CSU East Bay
- Faculty Consultant and Academic Adviser, Three-Year MSW Program, 2013-present
- Coordinator, Three-Year MSW Program, 2012-2013
- Co-Coordinator, Three-Year MSW Program, 2010-2012
- CalSWEC-II Mental Health Grant Project Coordinator/Lecturer, 2009-2011