My broad research interests focus on understanding the romantic relationship dynamics of African American couples. I am specifically interested in the following areas of relationship research: (a) perceptions of parental conflict and its contribution to negative relationship behaviors and attitudes of young adults (b) investigating cultural norms that may influence intimate relationship behaviors of African American young adults, and (c) identifying positive characteristics within African American relationships to develop prevention programs that promote relationship stability and longevity.
Education and Training
Bachelor of Arts : Psychology, 2007North Carolina Central University － Durham, NC
Master of Arts : Psychology, 2013North Carolina Central University － Durham, NCThesis: Investigating the Relationship between Perceived Parental Discord and the Perceived Impact of Discord, and Differences Across Attitudes Towards Romantic Relationships Among African American College Students
Faculty & Student Research Manager January 2016 to CurrentJohnson C. Smith University － Charlotte, NC
Assist the Executive Director in the planning and execution of the Institute's programming for faculty, staff, and students to enhance the research culture at JCSU and the research, academic, and financial support offered by the Smith Institute.
Manages departmental pilot grant program for faculty and staff, review pilot grant proposals and advise faculty research mentoring committee on addressing research-related challenges across disciplines.
Develops and facilitates student-focused research training programs and activities to encourage discipline specific research skill development.
Research Associate September 2014 to CurrentJohnson C. Smith University － Charlotte, NC
Maintain a working knowledge of trends
and developments across various disciplines to inform applied research
best practices in undergraduate research and support student completion of final Senior Investigative Research projects.
Train undergraduate student researchers in various basic and applied research skill areas; embrace all relevant technology used to aid in survey development, data collection and analysis, and presentation of project results.
Create, analyze, and disseminate results of surveys, needs
assessments, and program evaluations for all Smith Institute sponsored initiatives.
Psychometric Technician May 2014 to February 2015Behavioral Health & Consulting Psychology － Concord, NC
Under the supervision
of a licensed clinical psychologist, responsible for the administration and
scoring of standardized psychological testing within a private, outpatient
Consult with clinical
psychologist on cases involving potentially developmentally delayed clients who
are seeking psychological testing/rehabilitation services.
Assists in final
report documentation, as well as the scoring and maintenance of test documents
of patients that require psychological testing for bariatric surgery.
READS for Summer Learning Program Trainer January 2013 to August 2013Harvard University Graduate School of Education － Raleigh, NC
Trained and certified
by program directors and post-doctoral fellows in implementing the READS for Summer Learning Program.
parent/caregiver knowledge of the the importance of summer literacy by demonstrating a first-rate knowledge of the READS program and its goals and objectives during evening training sessions.
Worked in partnership with Communities in
Schools of North Carolina to conduct engaging after-school lessons, productive READS family nights, and community events.
Graduate Research Assistant & Data Analyst August 2011 to December 2013North Carolina Central University － Durham, NC
Served as a graduate research assistant on multiple preliminary research projects within the department of Psychology.
Assisted graduate and undergraduate students with the development of research questions, experimental design, and methodology to ensure accurate statistical analyses and interpretation of quantitative research data.
Performed basic and intermediate analyses (i.e. descriptive/inferential statistics, Pearson r correlations, t-tests, analysis of variance, standard multiple regression) and trained undergraduate and graduate students on the appropriate use of statistical software (SPSS).
Taylor, T. P.,
Livingston, J., Goldman, V. J., Eaton, S.(2015). The Relationship between
Perceived Parental Discord and Differences in Attitudes towards Romantic
Relationships among African American College Students. Journal of Black
Sexuality and Relationships 2(1), 59-81.
Taylor, T. (2016) The relationship between perceived parental discord and differences in attitudes towards romantic relationships among African American college students.Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians Annual Conference Philadelphia, PA
Watson, K., Taylor, T., Livingston, J. (2013). Peer influences on body-image in African American women: Assessing differences across high school racial composition.45th Annual ABPsi Annual International Convention New Orleans, LA
Taylor, T., Watson, K. Weaks, M., Livingston, J., & Singleton, D. (2012). The impact of marital discord among African American young adults. Fayetteville State University Student Research Conference Fayetteville, NC
Watson, K., Taylor, T., Crawford, T., Livingston, J., & Singleton, D. (2012). Internalization of the thin ideal in black women. Fayetteville State University Student Research Conference Fayetteville, NC
Taylor, T., Watson, K., Weaks, M., Livingston, J., Singleton, D. (2012). The impact of marital discord among African American young adults. North Carolina Central University Graduate Research Symposium Durham, NC
Koshy, L., Taylor, T., Holliman, L., Burgin, A., Guerra, T., Livingston, J., & Martin, P. (2011). "A touch of Sugga": Use of Theatrical DVDs to Address Diabetes among African Americans. NC OPT-ED Alliance Day Conference
Watson, K., Koshy, L., Taylor, T., Burgin, A., Madry, J., Robinson, P., Livingston, J., & Martin, P. (2011). HBCU's as Community Change Agents in the 21st Century.Southeastern Ecological and Community Psychology Conference
Fall 2017 - Leadership & Personal Development (Freshman Seminar)
Spring 2013 - Social Psychology
Fall 2012 - Health Education
Fall 2012 - Adv. General Psychology
Summer 2012 - Advanced Psychology, Duke University TIP Program
Spring 2012 - Introductory Statistics for Psychology
Fall 2011 - Experimental Psychology
Spring 2017 - Certificate
of Appreciation for Dedicated Service, Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) Steering Committee, Academic & Student Support
Services, Johnson C. Smith University
Spring 2017 - People's Choice Staff Member Award, Golden Bulls Student Activities Committee, Johnson C. Smith University
Spring 2017 - CUR Fellows Award, Nominee, Council on Undergraduate Research
Spring 2013 - Certificate of Outstanding Research and Academic Achievement, Department of Psychology, North Carolina Central University
2016 – Present Member, JCSU Quality Enhancement Plan
2015 – Present Member, Council on Undergraduate Research
2012 – Present Member, Psi Chi International Honor Society