Dr. Taylor is a Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology and serves as The Citadel’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative. He was born and raised in Radford, VA and attended the University of Tennessee as a Whittle Scholar. His major was College Scholar with an emphasis in Psychology and Life Sciences, and he was the top graduating senior in the College of Arts and Sciences (1996). Upon graduation from Tennessee, Dr. Taylor completed master’s level course work at Radford University in the Experimental Psychology program. In 1997, Dr. Taylor was admitted into the Medical Clinical Psychology program at The University of Alabama at Birmingham where he completed both his Masters’ (1999) and Doctoral (2002) degrees. His dissertation, Improving Chronic Disease Health Status and Utilization, explored the impact of written self disclosure on improving health status and hospital utilization among pediatric patients with Cystic Fibrosis.
Dr. Taylor completed his pre-doctoral clinical internship at the Medical University of South Carolina/VA Consortium where he was a child psychology fellow. Following his internship, he served as the principal investigator of a National Institute of Health investigation of cognitive late effects among pediatric brain tumor survivors. Dr. Taylor jointed the faculty of the Medical University of South Carolina following his two year postdoctoral work; his duties included supervision of clinical interns and teaching in the College of Health Professions. He has published numerous articles focusing on the psychological impacts of chronic illness among children, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and heroism and bullying among school children.
In 2006, Dr. Taylor joined the faculty at The Citadel. He served as Arland D. Williams Professor of Heroism from 2008-2011. Dr. Taylor teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level within the Department of Psychology. His primary areas of research and clinical work are in the field of Pediatric Psychology.
Dr. Taylor was recently awareded a Fulbright Fellowship and he served as the 2016-2017 Distinguished Chair in Brain Science and Child and Family Wellness at the University of Calgary. He resides in Charleston, SC with his wife, Erica, and their four children, Walker, Charlie, Enuka, and Kelly Grey.
Ph.D. Medical Clinical Psychology (University of Alabama at Birmingham) M.A. Medical Clinical Psychology (University of Alabama at Birmingham) B.A. Psychology and Life Science (University of Tennessee, summa cum laude)