Faculty Portrait

Contact Information

Name: Susan A. Taylor, PhD, MSW

Title: Professor

Office Location: 5039 Mariposa Hall

Email: taylorsa@csus.edu

Office Phone: 916.278.7176

Mailing Address: Division of Social Work, California State University Sacramento, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA. 95819-6090

Education Background

 Dr. Taylor received her PhD in Policy Analysis and Public Administration and Master in Social Work from Saint Louis University, in Saint Louis Missouri. As a doctoral student, she was awarded both a Doctoral Research Fellowship in the Department of Public Policy Studies, and Graduate Fellowship in the Office of Risk Management. Her doctoral research was in social jurisprudence and health. In her Master’s program Dr. Taylor received an NIMH Traineeship to study mental health in homeless populations. She received her undergraduate degree in General Studies from University of Missouri-Saint Louis, with an emphasis in pre-law. Her field internship was at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. During her undergraduate program, she was a national exchange student to Oregon State University, where she studied Forestry and land use management. Her field research was an environmental assessment on the impact of expansion of the Umatilla National Forest.

Current Research, Scholarship, and Teaching Interests

 Her career long interests in the intersection of law and policy, with social epidemiology and health, has contributed to Dr. Taylor’s current interprofessional research and scholarship in environmental health. Eight years of embedded field research with Veterinary Science in ocean, estuarial, and coastal environments, along with a collaboration with UC Davis Medical School, has provided a broad and integrative global health perspective.

Professional Background

Over the course of her career, Dr. Taylor has served both as an administrator and clinician at numerous health and human service agencies; developing and implementing issue and population specific programming. She has also consulted with State and local governments, as well as non-profits in areas of health & mental health, child welfare, juvenile delinquency, community-based schools, low income housing, homelessness, disaster management, HIV programming, and mental health workforce development. Dr. Taylor has facilitated community and organizational strategic and large system planning, held membership on numerous non-profit Boards, and received appointments to numerous governmental Commissions. She has been interviewed by US News and World Reports, the Tampa Sun Times, the Saint Louis Post Dispatch, the Baltimore Sun, and local affiliates of CBS, NBC, and ABC News. She was part of a collaborative that received a United States Conference of Mayors Award highlighting successful interventions with homeless populations.

Research Funding

 Much of Dr. Taylor’s research funding has been for applied research. She has been a Principle Investigator and/or Program Coordinator on grant awards totaling over four million dollars. Areas of study have supported training and/or research in mental health, suicide prevention, truancy reduction, AIDS education, dementia, health and homelessness, community policing, as well as distance learning for indigenous communities. Funding awards have been through State and local governments, university internal grants, and the Ford Foundation.

Student Supervision

 Dr. Taylor has a strong commitment to supporting interprofessional student learning in health, science, and policy settings. She coordinated a graduate mental health stipend and training program for seven years in the Division of Social Work, and campus-wide suicide prevention training for four years, receiving a “Mental Health Champion” recognition from Sacramento County Behavioral Health. She has also supervised students in numerous governmental and non-profit organizations; developing and at times supervising student internships at the California legislature, within the California Executive branch, the California Women’s Commission, the Colorado State legislature, and the National Conference of State Legislatures. Dr. Taylor has provided interprofessional supervision in medical education at UC Davis Medical School, proctored Masters in Public Health field research, as well as provided project specific supervision at marine research and rehabilitation facilities in the United States.

Recent Courses Taught

SWRK 151 Health and Health Services

SWRK 252 Advanced Policy in Behavioral Health

SWRK 254 Advanced Policy in Health and Aging

SWRK 232 Social Work and Spirituality

SWRK 140 B/C Social Work Practice

SWRK 195 A/B Practicum (Field experience)

SWRK 299  CSUS/UCD Medical School collaboration

SWRK 199 Special Issues