Dr. Sarah Taylor is a Research Fellow with the Mack Center, focusing on the Child Welfare Qualitative Data Mining Project. She is an Associate Professor at California State University, East Bay. Her research focuses on partnering with stakeholders to improve the quality and effectiveness of social services, particularly those that serve transition-age youth, individuals with serious mental health conditions, people with disabilities, and the lgbtq community. She is most interested in applied, community-based, participatory action research. She was awarded an Endeavour Fellowship by the government of Australia to build on her research on advocacy by parents of children with disabilities and will serve as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Wollongong in Fall 2016. Her work has been presented at numerous national and statewide conferences, including the Society for Social Work and Research, Council on Social Work Education, Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health, and Beyond the Bench. She has published in a variety of academic journals, including Children and Youth Services Review, The Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment, The Journal of Public Child Welfare, and Qualitative Social Work. Dr. Taylor earned her MSW in 2002 and her Ph.D. in 2007 from the University of California, Berkeley.