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Cheryl Taylor, PhD, RN, FAAN

Board Member

Dr. Cheryl Taylor is a Professor of nursing science and Director of Nursing Research at Southern University and A & M College, School of Nursing, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  She brings to us a unique perspective as a public health leader, mentor, scholar, health policy advocate and researcher.  Dr. Taylor was the Principal Investigator from 2000 to 2007 for the “Reach 2010 at the Heart of New Orleans,” a CDC funded African American faith-based cardiovascular disease intervention study.  She also contributed to the first generation of research studies on homelessness and chronic mental illness. Dr. Taylor is an avid writer having developed and published a taxonomy on homelessness and six senses of home, in addition, to a number of scholarly articles, book chapters and a special talent for writing poetry.  One of her poems Caring is Contagious is published in the Center for Mental Health Services, U.S. DHHS report which has been adopted by mental health advocates in other states. She contributed a chapter in the textbook, “Diabetes in African Americans,” edited by Dr. Leonard Jack. She is a trailblazer having designed and taught the first women’s health course offered at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

Dr. Taylor has provided international health consultations to organizations in South Africa, Canada, Costa Rica and Kenya. Nationally, she served as a peer grant reviewer and panelist on the Managed Mental Health Services for Consumers of African descent; and received an appointment to the National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine’s Long Range Planning Panel (2006-2016) for Clinical and Public Health Systems. She also served as a commissioner to the Katrina National Justice Hearings following Hurricane Katrina.

Phi Delta Kappa Alpha Theta Chapter cited her as an Outstanding Educator which is reflected by her consistent mentorship of students in nursing and health professions to improve their capacity for leadership. She also received a Howard University Emerging Nursing Star in Health Disparities Research Award. In 2007 the National Black Nurses Association awarded Dr. Taylor its Past Presidents NBNA Leadership Award.

She is a member of the National Association of University Women, the Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Racism and Health National Work Group, and the NLN Diversity Think Tank.  She earned a B.S.N. from Dillard University of New Orleans; a Masters in Systems Oriented Community Mental Health Nursing from the University of Washington at Seattle, and her Ph.D.in Nursing from Texas Woman’s University (TWU).  She can be contacted by email at: cheryltaylor@suson.subr.edu