Leigh Taylor

Contributing Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
Barbara Solomon School of Social Work
Master of Social Work (MSW)

Dr. Taylor received her Ph.D. in Social Welfare from Case Western Reserve University, her MSW from the University of Denver, and her BSW from the Metropolitan State College of Denver. Most recently she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Taylor has been an instructor specializing in online instruction for the past 6 years, and the successful facilitation is a passion and priority of her work. At Walden University Dr. Taylor is a contributing faculty in the MSW program.

Her work examined resilience and well-being in adults in recovery from addiction or mental illness, and the impact of multi-level interventions on individual and community-level health outcomes.
Rooted in her clinical work with women managing co-morbid mental health and substance use diagnoses, Dr. Taylor’s research has a dual focus: 1) to explore the intersection of multiple vulnerabilities, such as poverty, race and exposure to trauma on the development and treatment of substance use disorders among women; and 2) to investigate mechanisms, such a personal support networks and self-efficacy, that encourage positive trajectories in early sobriety.

Dr. Taylor continuously publishes and presents on her work at national conferences. She also hones her clinical skills and advocates within her community through workshops and private practice.