Professor Taylor has been a member of the USD faculty since 1990. She teaches courses in introductory psychology, research methods and cognitive psychology. Her research interests currently focus on teaching-related issues, including student engagement and conceptual change of misconceptions. She received her PhD in general experimental psychology in 1987 from the University of Southern California. Her specialty area was information processing cognitive psychology. She later completed a three-year postdoctoral training program at the Andrus Gerontology Center in Los Angeles, where she studied cognitive aging, specifically focusing on attention and memory.
Professor Taylor graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a BA degree in psychology, and then received her MA from California State University, Long Beach. She received her PhD from the University of Southern California and was awarded NIA and NSF grants over a three year period to study cognitive aging at the Andrus Gerontology Center at the University of Southern California.
Scholarly and Creative Work
Professor Taylor’s research has encompassed various areas of human memory and attention within the information processing paradigm. Currently her research focuses on diverse teaching-related issues such as academic integrity and classroom pedagogy, which she has published in The College Student Journal. With Dr. Patricia Kowalski she has co-authored several articles in The Teaching of Psychology, Psychological Record and Journal of Instructional Psychology on how to help students overcome their misconceptions about psychological information and on students’ motivation to learn.
Professor Taylor teaches Introductory Psychology, including preceptorial sections for the incoming freshmen who have an interest in psychology. She regularly teaches the lower division research methods course and teaches the upper division cognitive psychology course, as well as the upper division research methods laboratory course in cognitive psychology.