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Jackson Taylor, PhD

LT Taylor graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a B.S. in Applied Psychology in 2011. While at NYU, he played varsity soccer for two years before deciding to pursue other interests. He went on to complete a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the Derner Institute, Adelphi University in 2016. As a first-year doctoral student, he was selected for the Health Professions Scholarship Program and commissioned as an Ensign in the US Navy.

As a doctoral candidate, LT Taylor trained at the Beth Israel Medical Center Adult Inpatient Psychiatry unit, the Adelphi University Center for Psychological Services, the Bellevue/NYU Program for Survivors of Torture, and the Mount Sinai Hospital World Trade Center Mental Health Program. His doctoral research and dissertation derived from the Beth Israel Brief Psychotherapy Research Program and explored aspects of cultural identity, friendship, and the therapy relationship. His research was supported in part by grants from Psi Chi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. During graduate school, he also worked as the editorial assistant for Psychotherapy Research journal. He was also selected as an APA Division of Psychoanalysis Graduate Student Scholar in 2015 and a Contemporary Freudian Society Student Fellow in 2016. He completed his predoctoral internship at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.

Prior to coming onboard the MDC, LT Taylor was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for meritorious service while serving as a staff psychologist at US Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan. During his tour, he established the first joint service treatment group for transgender and non-binary service members in the overseas setting. While at USNHO, he also served as Mental Health Grand Rounds coordinator.

LT Taylor has a passion for professional development and lifelong learning. His professional interests include relational psychoanalysis, meaning making and the creative process, sexuality, and healing from complex trauma.

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