Sarah Taylor, PhD

Interim Department Chair and Associate Professor, California State University, East Bay

Sarah Taylor, PhD, MSW is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Work at California State University, East Bay, where she has been working since 2009. Dr. Taylor’s research focuses on promoting well-being, building collaboration, and reducing inequities across human service systems. She explores these themes in a variety of contexts, including higher education, mental health, disability, and LGBTQ+ communities. Her work involves collaboration with community partners on research and evaluation projects of interest to stakeholders, with a focus on applied, community-based, participatory action research. She is an active researcher who has co-authored 22 peer-reviewed papers as well as several book chapters and technical reports and presented at over 30 regional, national, and international peer-reviewed conferences. She has served as the principal investigator or co-investigator of major grants related to student success and basic needs, social work workforce development, and interprofessional education. In 2016, Dr. Taylor was awarded a competitive Endeavour Fellowship to serve as a visiting scholar at the University of Wollongong in Australia, where she collaborated with her colleagues in conducting research on advocacy by parents of children with disabilities in the context of shifts in disability policy in both the United States and Australia. She has served on the board of two non-profit organizations that serve youth and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities for many years. She earned her MSW in 2002 and PhD in Social Welfare in 2007 at UC Berkeley.