Nicole  Taylor Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Nicole Taylor

Director of Scholar Programs
School for Advanced Research

Nicole Taylor is a former high school English teacher with a doctorate in anthropology and a background in school-based social and behavioral health research. She is director of Scholar Programs at the School for Advanced Research and she holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico.


Nicole Taylor is an anthropologist who explores contemporary social issues related to education and health through the analytic lens of language practices. Her research includes teasing and bullying in schools, childhood obesity, and body image concerns among youth. Dr. Taylor is the director of Scholar Programs at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in English, and a doctoral degree in anthropology from the University of Arizona.

After graduate school, Dr. Taylor worked in the nonprofit sector conducting research in the areas of substance abuse, education and poverty, childhood obesity, and school climate. She participated in all aspects of nonprofit work, including capacity building, community needs assessments, grant writing, program planning, and evaluation. This experience provided Nicole with insight into policy implications of school-based behavioral health research that informs her scholarly work on gender, body image, and obesity among youth. Prior to pursuing her doctorate, Nicole taught high school and college English.