Jerome Taylor

  • Associate Professor


4162 Wesley W. Posvar Hall



  • Undergraduate, University of Denver
  • Doctorate, Indiana University of Bloomington

Jerome Taylor, PhD, completed his undergraduate education at the University of Denver and his doctoral training at Indiana University of Bloomington (IND). In graduate school his research focused on examining how population density affects brain neurochemistry and the nervous system. After completing graduate school, he received and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in child and adolescent psychology at the Menninger Clinic of Topeka, KS. Subsequently, he has served as director of the Clinical Psychology Center, as chair of the Graduate Program in Social Psychology, and as chair of the Department of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh. In Psychology he chaired more than 25 dissertation committees of black students—the record number of black PhDs supervised by any faculty member in the history of Pitt’s Department of Psychology. These former students now serve as tenured professors, department chairs, college deans, provosts, and presidents and as successful civic leaders, elected politicians, agency heads, and clinical practitioners.

His work has been recognized locally in Pittsburgh (University Chancellor’s Distinguished Public Service Award and University of Pittsburgh Black Alumni Pioneer in Civil Rights Award), and at national and international levels (highest award for research and development activities from the international Association of Black Psychologists). The Center for Family Excellence, which he founded, has been recognized as one of the best managed non-profit organizations in the region (Alfred W. Wishart Jr. Award) and its violence prevention program has been rated as the best in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Dr. Taylor has been invited to present papers describing his research and development activities at institutions of higher learning that are predominately black (e.g., Howard, Hampton, Florida A&M) and predominately white (e.g., Princeton, Yale, Oxford in England).

Public Service (National/International)

  • Convener, Racial Justice Committee
    Identifying what’s so special about schools in 23 cities that have nearly closed or actually reversed racial achievement gaps in reading and math; offering ongoing forums on factors involved in achievement gap closures; and evaluating the extent to which gap-closing schools are recognized and celebrated locally and nationally.
  • Convener, Math and Science Acceleration Team
    Developed Pennsylvania CAN, an educational reformed designed to accelerate the closure of racial achievement gaps, which has been approved for trial implementation in select school districts in the Commonwealth.
  • Convener, Committee on Common Causation
    Evaluating the extent to which spiritual, cultural, and axiological factors underlie a wide range of mental, physical, and social health challenges confronting Blacks on the Continent and in the Diaspora.
  • Executive Director, Center for Family Excellence, Inc.
    Serving more than 80 municipalities in Allegheny County, our mission is to promote the viability of children, families, and neighborhoods at risk. The center has one of the highest family preservation rates in the nation, and visitors from as far away as Japan and Czech Republic have come to see what we do and how we do it. The center also has been recognized as one of the best managed nonprofit organizations in the region (Alfred W. Wishart Jr. Award).

Professional Affiliations/Activities

  • Association of Black Psychologists
  • National Institute of Black Child Development

Recent Publications

  • Taylor, J. (2005).  Achieving excellence in urban schools:  pitfalls, pratfalls, and evolving opportunities.  Negro  Education Review, 56 (4), 259-283
  • Taylor, J. & Kouyate, M. (2003).  Achievement gap between black and white students:  Theoretical analysis with recommendations for remedy.  In A. Burlew, B. Guillermo, J. Trimble, & F. Leung (Eds.) Handbook of racial ethnic minority psychology.  Thousand Oaks, CA:  Sage Publications
  • Taylor, J., Jackson-Lowman, H., Obiechinca, C., & Lewis, M. (1999).  Diunital policy:  A proposal to enhance academic achievement in the inner city.  In R. L. Jones (Ed.) African American children, youth, and parenting.  Hampton, VA:  Cobb & Henry
  • Taylor, J., Turner, S., & Lewis M. (1999).  Valucation:  Definition, theory, and methods.  In R. L. Jones (Ed.) Advances in African American psychology.  Hampton, VA:  Cobb & Henry
  • Taylor, J. (1998).  Cultural conversion experiences:  Implications for mental health research and treatment.  In R.L. Jones (Ed.) African American identity development, v 2, 85-95.  Hampton, VA:  Cobb & Henry
  • Taylor, J., Obiechina, C., & Harrison, S. (1998).  Toward a psychology of liberation and restoration: Answering the challenge of cultural alienation.  In R.L. Jones (Ed.), African American Mental Health, 283-301.  Hampton, VA:  Cobb & Henry
  • Taylor, J., & Rogers, J. (1993).  Relationship between cultural identity and exchange disposition. Journal of Black Psychology, 9, 248-265
  • Taylor, J., Henderson, D., & Jackson, B.B. (1991).  A holistic model for understanding and predicting depression in African American women. The Journal of Community Psychology, 19, 206-320
  • Taylor, J., & Zhang, X. (1990).  Cultural identity in martially distressed and non-distressed Black couples.  The Western Journal of Black Studies, 14, 205-213
  • Taylor, J., & Jackson, B.B. (1990a).  Factors affecting alcohol consumption in Black women:  Part I.  International Journal of the Addictions, 25, 1279-1292
  • Taylor, J., & Jackson, B.B. (1990b).  Factors affecting alcohol consumption in Black women:  Part II.  International Journal of the Addictions, 15, 1407-1419
  • Terrell, F., Taylor, J., & Terrell, S. (1980).  Self concept of juveniles who commit Black on Black crimes.  Corrective and Social Psychiatry, 26, 107-109.
  • Tull, E.S., Wickramasuriya, T., Taylor, J., Smith-Barnes, V., Brown, M., Champagnie, G., Daye, K., Donaldson, K., Solomon, N., Walker, S., Frasier, H., & Jordan, O.W. (1999).  Relationship of internalized racism to abdominal obesity and blood pressure in Afro-Caribbean women.  Journal of the National Medical Association, 91, 447-451.

Research Interests

Editorial Work

  • Former consulting editor, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
  • Reviewer for Ethnicity and Disease, Journal of Black Psychology, and Journal of Social and Personal Relationships

Work Products

  • Thirty-three prevention and intervention programs for children, families, neighborhoods, and communities. Agencies within and outside the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania have been and are now being trained and certified to use these programs.
  • Twenty-four assessment instruments for children, families, neighborhoods, and communities that are being used locally, nationally, and internationally.