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Jacquelyn Taylor, Ph.D., P.N.P.-B.C., R.N., F.A.A.N.

Dr. Taylor is an associate professor the Yale University School of Nursing. Her career has focused on addressing health disparities in hypertension among African Americans. Her interest developed from research experiences early in her career and clinical practice. As an undergraduate nursing student she spent 5 years working as a research assistant in a physiology laboratory examining the effects of various drugs on vascular smooth muscle cells for the treatment of hypertension. In 2001 she completed the Summer Genetics Institute at NIH/NINR. As she continued her graduate work for the PhD, she practiced as a PNP for the School Mobile Health Center at Children’s Hospital of Michigan. These research and clinical experiences led her to study the genetic and environmental influences on blood pressure. Her work has been funded by several NIH agencies and her current study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program, examines the interaction between genome-wide association and social environmental factors related to blood pressure among African American hypertensive parents and early risks for high blood pressure among their untreated children. Her long-term goals are to develop nursing interventions to prevent and reduce gene-environment risks associated with hypertension.