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
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)
2015 | Portland State University
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
2011 | Willamette University
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.
Angell, A. M., Carreon, E. D., Akrofi, J. N., Franklin, M. D., Taylor, E. E., Miller, J., Crowley, C., & Maher, S. O. (2023). Challenges and facilitators to telehealth occupational therapy for autistic children during COVID-19. OTJR: Occupational Therapy Journal of Research. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/15394492221142 Show abstract
Pre-pandemic, telehealth occupational therapy (OT) for autistic children appeared promising, but research was limited. The pandemic provided a unique opportunity to investigate how clinics transitioned to telehealth. The purpose of this study was to examine barriers and facilitators that influenced delivery of OT services through telehealth for autistic children during the pandemic. We conducted semi-structured qualitative interviews with 13 participants (three administrators, six OTs, and four parents of autistic children) at three Los Angeles area clinics over a 7-month period. We used narrative and thematic analysis to identify four themes. We identified (a) Challenges and (b) Facilitators to Conducting Telehealth OT, including practical strategies for successful facilitation, and (c) Negative and (d) Positive Outcomes of Conducting Telehealth OT. As telehealth will likely remain a viable means of OT service delivery in the future, our findings provide insight into ways that it can be improved and sustained.
Taylor, E. (2022). Beyond ‘bad’ behaviors: A call for occupational scientists to rethink autism. Journal of Occupational Science. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/14427591.2022.2136231 Show abstract
In this paper, I explore how autistic behaviors are rendered Othered transgressive acts in general research and in the figured world of occupation. I assess how the normalization agenda, which aims to condition autistic people into appearing abled, is associated with endemic disparities. I contend that occupational science has often countered anti-autistic stigma. However, I analyze how the field has perpetuated ableism by replicating normalization ideology and through its silence on the occupational significance of autistic behaviors. To contrast dominant assumptions, I examine autistic ways of being within occupational frameworks. I propose that the field can foster inclusion, rethink its figured worlds, and recognize autistic behaviors to promote social responsiveness. I argue these steps are ethically imperative as evidence on the harms of normalization accumulates.
Keywords. Occupational science; Autism; Intersectionality; Occupational justice; Social justice; Ableism
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
We assessed the effects of forming multiple intentions, task switching, and encoding strategies during intention formation on PM performance in PD. We found that PD participants were preferentially impaired in forming multiple intentions at once and that encoding strategies were particularly effective for addressing this deficit. These findings identify a novel PM deficit in PD and support clinical use of encoding strategies.
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.
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
Study highlights barriers, facilitators to telehealth occupational therapy for autistic children during the pandemic >
Qualitative research explores perspectives of occupational therapists, clinical administrators and caregivers.
January 17, 2023