Juvenile Justice Institute executive director joins Made in Durham Advisory Team

November 2, 2016

Lorraine C. Taylor, Ph.D., executive director of the Juvenile Justice Institute at N.C. Central University, has joined the Advisory Team of made in Durham, the community partnership of educators, business, government, nonprofits, youth and young adults mobilized around a shared vision that all of Durham’s youth will complete high school and a postsecondary credential and begin a rewarding career by the age of 25.

Taylor brings nearly 20 years of professional experience as a research scientist, program manager and former college professor.

Taylor joined the Juvenile Justice Institute in July. She focuses on applying a systems perspective to key topics in juvenile justice, including Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC), understanding pathways into the juvenile justice system for girls and using diversion programs to prevent youth charged with low-level, non-violent offenses from ending up in the adult criminal justice system. Her work is guided by a risk and resilience perspective that focuses on promoting success for young people with limited economic and social resources.

She previously directed the Youth Opportunity Initiative in Durham, which used a collective impact framework to support and enhance collaborations among community stakeholders and local government. She worked at a private research and development firm, here she received grants to develop evidence-based intervention programs for youth and families focused on promotion of social and academic competence. She completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at the FPG Child Development Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and spent a decade teaching, mentoring students and conducting research in UNC’s psychology and education departments.

Taylor is a member of the Parent Teacher Association, served on two school improvement teams at local elementary schools and serves on the Youth Council of the Durham Workforce Development Board and the Data Team at Youth Thrive in Wake County.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and minor in political science from Howard University and master’s and Ph.D. degrees in developmental psychology from the University of Virginia. She has published research on such topics as academic socialization, parenting in the context of family economic hardship, and promoting social and emotional competence for boys of color.

Taylor may be reached at (919) 530-7092 or lorraine.taylor@nccu.edu


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