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Juanyce Taylor

Juanyce Taylor


Assistant Dean of Research and Innovation
Chair of the Department of Health Sciences
School of Health Related Professions
University of Mississippi Medical Center


Dr. Juanyce D. Taylor serves as assistant dean of research and innovation and chair of the Department of Health Sciences in the School of Health Related Professions (SHRP) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). As an assistant dean, she is responsible for the acceleration of faculty research and scholarly activity and identifying potential opportunities for externally-funded research and service activities across the School. Serving as an integral part of SHRP's administrative team, she works closely with the Office of Research, Grants and Contracts, and other offices aligned with the institution's research mission. As department chair, she oversees the direction of undergraduate and graduate level programs designed to provide graduates with a firm foundation in leadership principles in healthcare settings, organizational behavior, health education, and broadening knowledge on societal issues impacting patient care and health outcomes. She is also an assistant professor and teaches courses in workforce development and strategic leadership.

Since 1997, Dr. Taylor has led programs or initiatives designed to advance educational attainment and enhance opportunities for diverse student groups. Prior to her role in the SHRP, she served as director of diversity assessment and programs in UMMC's Division of Multicultural Affairs. She was charged with selective research and assessment initiatives focusing on institutional culture, multicultural programming, cultural competency curricula development and training, accreditation support and projects addressing potential threats and resolutions to disparities in health care. Prior to joining UMMC, Dr. Taylor served as director of the multicultural center at Auburn University in Alabama and directed a multi-million dollar, statewide initiative led by the University of Mississippi (Oxford Campus), designed to increase the number of underrepresented biomedical researchers and PhD level faculty in the fields of science, mathematics, engineering and technology (STEM). The program was known as the Alliance for Graduate Education in Mississippi sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Other experiences with federally-funded programs include coordinating activities for the Short-Term Training for Minority Students Program, MBRS Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement Program, and the Biomedical Research Internship Program sponsored by the NIH's National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Mississippi.

In 2012, she was selected by the National Urban Fellows as one of 24 "America's Leaders of Change." The program was created to accelerate the leadership potential of public service professionals of color and women, who are currently successful leaders in nonprofit, government and philanthropic sectors. In 2008, she was accepted in the Disparities Leadership Program offered through Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in which she and a cadre of professionals, from across the country, developed strategies to identify, monitor and address racial and ethnic disparities in health care. In 2007, she was nominated as a Regional Finalist for the White House Fellowship, the nation's most prestigious leadership program for public service. She holds memberships in national organizations such as the American Association for University Women, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, American Evaluation Association, Smithsonian Institution and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has a long history volunteering with organizations.

Currently, Dr. Taylor is the project director for the Health Care Equity and Leadership Initiative, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The program provides leadership development opportunities for underrepresented males, ages 17-25, for improving entry into health profession programs, health outcomes and access to care among racial and ethnic minorities. Underrepresented males enrolled in community colleges are the primary focus of this project.

Dr. Taylor is a native of Jackson, Mississippi and is a two-time graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a BS and a PhD, and a MSEd from Jackson State University.