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Dr. Matthew Taylor is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He obtained his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis (1997), and subsequently completed a year-long clinical internship at the Phoenix Psychology Internship Consortium (PPIC), where he participated in rotations at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center, the Arizona State Hospital, and the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center.
Dr. Taylor's research interests fall under the broad category of minority mental health and multicultural psychology, with one specific emphasis on multiracial identity development. Specifically: 1) the relationship between racial socialization experiences of multiracial individuals and racial and cultural identity construction; 2) the negotiation between family-based socialization messages and the sociohistorical constructions of race and associated racial messages and experiences (e.g., racism); and 3) the development of existential-phenomenological therapy constructs for multiracial individuals.
His other area of interest focuses on substance use and abuse and related problems (e.g., domestic violence and victimization) among rural minority groups (African American and Native American). This research has focused on individual variables, such as self-efficacy and self-esteem, in addition to other risk and resiliency factors, such as the impact of sport on minority youth substance use.
Multicultural Issues in Clinical Psychology (Graduate)
American Culture & Minority Mental Health
Undergraduate Field Placement
Psychology of the Multiracial Experience (under development)
Dr. Taylor is a member of the UM-St. Louis Safe Zone community.