Professor Taylor has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Psychological Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, at the University of San Diego since 1990, where she teaches courses in Introductory Psychology, research methods and Cognitive Psychology.
She is the author/editor of a three volume Encyclopedia of human memory (Greenwood Publishers). Her research interests focus primarily on teaching-related issues, including critical thinking and conceptual change of misconceptions ‘Most recently she published an invited chapter, ‘Student Misconceptions: Where Do They Come From and What Can We Do?,’ in Benassi, Overson, & Hakala (eds.), Applying Science of Learning in Education: Infusing Psychological Science into the Curriculum,’ available on this link.
Professor Taylor received her Ph.D in general experimental Psychology from the University of Southern California where her specialty area was information processing Cognitive Psychology and her dissertation focused on hemispheric asymmetry. She completed a three-year postdoctoral training program at the Andrus Gerontology Center in Los Angeles, where she studied cognitive aging, specifically focusing on attention and memory.