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Phone: 765-494-2949


246 Hanley Hall
1202 Mitch Daniels Blvd.
IN 47907

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Zoe Taylor

Associate Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Science

Co-Director, HHS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Science Consortium

Areas of Expertise

  • adolescent development
  • mental health and wellbeing
  • resilience processes
  • Latinx youth and families
  • single mother families

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Developmental Health and Wellness
  • Sustainable Organizations and Thriving Communities

Department of Human Development and Family Science Research Area(s)

  • Culture and Diversity
  • Health and Well-Being


My research program broadly examines risk and resilience processes in vulnerable youth and their families. Grounded in a bio-ecological and family systems framework, the central goal of this research program is to identify resilience factors that promote the healthy development of youth and children despite the adversity they experience. My primary line of research is focused on how Latinx children and adolescents cope with stress, and the effects of stress on physical and mental health and well-being. In particular, I am interested in addressing the effects of culturally relevant stressors on Latinx youth’s mental health, specifically depression and anxiety, as well as factors that buffer them from stress. My work also addresses the challenges facing Latinx children of migrant farmworker families, a sub-population of Latinx children that are at significantly high risk of maladjustment and poor health. Broadly, I am interested in how individuals and families succeed, stay healthy, and do well despite hardships, transitions and challenge. My research has been externally funded by the National Institute of Minority Health Disparities (NIMHD) and the Spencer Foundation, and internally funded by the Purdue Research Foundation (PRF), the Kinley Trust, the Center For Families (CFF), and the Agricultural Research and Extension Leading to Economic Development in Indiana Agriculture and Rural Communities (AgSEED).


Considering graduate student applications for the December 1, 2023 deadline.


  • Ph.D. 2011, University of California, Davis


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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Co-Director, HHS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Science Consortium
  • Purdue Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Mentor
  • Horizons Faculty Mentor
  • Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP) Mentor
  • Colombia Purdue Partnership Mentor

Current Courses

  • HDFS 210 - Introduction to Human Development
  • HDFS 332 - Stress and Coping in Contemporary Families
  • HDFS 280 - Diversity in Individual and Family Life
  • HDFS 590 - Global Perspectives on Human Development
  • HDFS 619 - Adolescent and Youth Development in Context

Selected Honors/Awards

  • Purdue Trailblazer Award for Outstanding Mid-Career Research and Scholarship - 2023
  • Fulbright U.S. Scholar/Fulbright-Schuman European Union Affairs Program - October 2021- February 2022
  • Lorene Burkhart Award for Excellence in Research about Families/Center for Families at Purdue University - April 8, 2021
  • Kontos Faculty Fellow, Center for Families, Purdue University - 2017- 2018
  • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Loan Repayment Program (LRP) - 2012-2018

Selected Grants

  • NIMHD Administrative Supplement to Recognize Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Mentorship Yumary Ruiz and Zoe Taylor (MPI). Period: 2022-2023. Total: $369,482.00
  • NIMHD Administrative Supplement to Recognize Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) Mentorship Yumary Ruiz and Zoe Taylor (MPI). Period: 2023-2024. Total: $392,399.00
  • Co-Principal Investigator, Mental and Physical Health in Children of Latino Migrant Farm Workers: A Multi-Level Longitudinal Examination of Risk and Resilience Factors. National Institute on Minority Health Disparities (R01 MD014187). Yumary Ruiz and Zoe Taylor (MPI). Period: 2020-2025. Total: $3,138,472.00
  • Principal Investigator, Mental Health and Well-Being in Midwestern Latino Youth: A Resilience Approach. United States Department of Agriculture Hatch Award. Period: 2017-2022
  • Co-Principal Investigator, An Examination of Educational Outcomes in Children of Latino Migrant Farmworker Families in Rural Indiana. Spencer Foundation. Yumary Ruiz and Zoe Taylor (MPI). Period: 2016-17. Total: $50,000

Professional Affiliations

  • Finance Committee Member, Society for Research on Adolescence. 2022-2026
  • National Institutes of Health Study Section standing member, Psychosocial Development, Risk and Prevention (PDRP). 2021-present
  • Consulting Editor, Journal of Family Psychology. 2017-present
  • Consulting Editor, Journal of Genetic Psychology: Research and Theory on Human Development. 2019-present
  • Consulting Editor, Journal of Early Adolescence. 2022-present

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