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University of Southern California
University of Southern California
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
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Elinor “Ellie” Taylor MA, OTR

Faculty Mentor: Beth Pyatak PhD, OTR/L, CDCES, FAOTA

Research Lab: Lifestyle Redesign for Chronic Conditions

Year of Entry: 2020

Ellie Taylor

My research foci relate to the age group of young and emerging adults, mental health, social justice, and healthcare equity. Broadly, I am interested in how stigma, social and economic inequality, and resource deprivation result in differential health outcomes (e.g., depression) for young people. I am further interested in the potential for evidence-based treatment to address these disparities on individual and systemic levels. In my current lab, I am excited to be involved with the Resilient, Empowered, Active Living – Telehealth (REAL-T) Study, which aims to empower youth to manage their diabetes through developmentally appropriate client-centered interventions. Prior to becoming an OT, I was privileged to work in clinical and research capacities with young adults experiencing First Episode Psychosis (FEP).


Master of Arts (MA) in Occupational Therapy
2020 | Washington University in St. Louis

Master of Science (MS) in Counseling
2015 | Portland State University

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in History
2011 | Willamette University


Excellence in Student Research Award | 2019
Washington University in St. Louis Department of Occupational Therapy

Founding Member of the Early Assessment and Support Alliance (EASA) Center for Excellence Award | 2015
Regional Research Institute at Portland State University


Book Chapters

Melton, R., & Taylor, E. (2017). Feedback-informed treatment for adolescents and young adults with early onset psychotic disorders. In D. S. Prescott, C. L. Maeschalck, & S. D. Miller (Eds.), Feedback-informed treatment in clinical practice: Reaching for excellence (pp. 201-234). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Conference Presentations/Proceedings

Taylor, E., & Foster, E. (2020). Effects of intention formation demands and encoding strategies on prospective memory (PM) performance in Parkinson’s disease (PD). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74(4, Suppl. 1), 7411515359. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S1-PO5608 Show abstract

Gill, P., Melton, R., & Taylor, E. (2016). Sensory integrated approaches for treating young adults with first episode psychosis. Oral session presented at Annual American Mental Health Counselors Association Conference, Seattle, WA.

Taylor, E. (2015). Social media: Ethics and considerations for engaging young adults in mental health outreach. Oral session presented at Early Assessment and Support Alliance 20th Anniversary Conference, Hood River, OR.