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Rachel M. Taylor

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Ph.D. Student and Graduate Research Assistant

I am currently a second-year doctoral student in the Human Development and Family Sciences program.

261C Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602



Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
M.A. Human Development and Family Science University of Connecticut 2020
B.S. Psychology Eastern Michigan University 2018


My research involves topics in both human development and developmental methodology. Substantively, my research investigates aggression, peer victimization, and character development. My quantitative interests include meta-analysis and the analysis of longitudinal data, particularly the intersection between these two methods. I also have subsiduary interests in the handling of missing data and data imputation methods. 


I am currently a teaching assistant for the Meta-Analysis workshop at Stats Camp. Previously, I have served as a teaching assistant for classes on family interaction, and experimental psychology.

Prior Professional Positions

Organization Title Years of Service
Connecticut Children's Medical Center Graduate Research Assistant 2019-2020
University of Connecticut Graduate Research Assistant 2018-2019


Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
Karen R. Davis Scholarship University of Georgia 2021-2022
Jim and Lynda Walters Support Fund University of Georgia 2021-2022
Virginia Wilbanks Kilgore Scholarship University of Georgia 2021
FACS Funds for Excellence Scholarship University of Georgia 2021
Walter Fund Graduate Travel Award University of Georgia 2020


Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
HDFS Graduate Student Organization President 2021-Present Leadership

Areas of Expertise

Meta-analysis, longitudinal data analysis, missing data, positive psychology, character strengths, peer relationships, friendships


I work with and mentor students in the Meta-Analysis lab on both group and personal projects. Students are welcome to apply to work wiht Dr. Card and I during the spring and fall semesters. Please email me if you are interested in getting involved with our lab. 

Recent papers and presentations I have worked on with students include:

*Myers, L., Taylor, R. M., & Card, N. A. (May, 2022). The association between outcomes for individuals with substance abuse disorder and meaning in life: A Meta-analysis. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.

*Patel, S. P., Taylor, R. M., & Card, N. A. (April, 2022). Associations between HIV and Purpose in Life: A Meta-analysis. Center for Undergraduate Research (CURO) Symposium, Athens, GA.

*Myers, L., Taylor, R. M., & Card, N. A. (April, 2022). The association between outcomes for substance abuse disorder and purpose in life: A Meta-analysis. Center for Undergraduate Research (CURO) Symposium, Athens, GA.

*Ward, C., Taylor, R. M., Brown, E. (2019, April). The Social Influence on HIV Testing Among Black Students at a PWI. 22nd Annual UConn Undergraduate Research Poster Exhibition, Storrs, CT.

Current Research

My current research pursues two interconnected lines of investigation. Substantively, I am interested in peer relationships, character strengths, and how these phenomena may influence each other across time. Quantitatively, my current research investigates how temporal design impacts the results found in longitudinal studies. Knowledge gained from this research may help us assess when and processes occur across time. 

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