Taylor Harrell

About Me

I am from St. Louis, MO, but I am a Torero for life! I earned my Bachelors and Masters degree from USD, and I was so impressed by the reputation and rigor of the doctoral program that I decided to stay and pursue my PhD. I received my Masters degree in Marital and Family Therapy, and found the skills to be extremely transferable to the Leadership Studies field. My experience working as a therapist brought a lot of respect for the change process. 

Are you currently working? If so, do you work full-time, part time, and what do you do?

I currently work at the UCSD Center for Mindfulness in Research and Development of the Youth and Family Programs in mindfulness and self-compassion. We are currently working on developing a Mindful Self-Compassion curriculum that is developmentally appropriate for adolescents based upon recent neuroscience research. 

Tell us about any internships, graduate asssitantships, student teaching, practicum or fieldwork you have done through SOLES. Where did you work, what did you do, and how did it impact you?

In the department, I instruct Emerging Leaders, an introductory leadership course for college freshmen. I also serve as a Teaching Assistant (TA) for the graduate course, Women and Leadership, and I am researching topics on voice and power for women.

Is there anything specific you would like to share with prospective students?

To prospective students: The faculty members make this program second to none. They are truly invested in your learning and success, and go above and beyond to provide opportunities for research and practice. I consider many of them some of my most influential mentors.