Stephanie L. Taylor

Stephanie L. Taylor is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and in the Department of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.  Dr. Taylor’s primary appointment is Senior Investigator at the Greater Los Angeles VA. As a health services researcher and sociomedical scientist with over 25 years’ experience in effectiveness and implementation research, Dr. Taylor has expertise in social determinants of health, organizational/contextual influences on health and health care, patient safety, implementation, and complementary and integrative health therapies (e.g., acupuncture, meditation, yoga). For her team’s research impacts on complementary and integrative health therapy implementation in the VA, she was awarded the VA Health Services Research & Development’s national Health Services System Impact Award in 2019.


She has served as PI of large pragmatic clinical trials, cost effectiveness studies, national surveys of use and effectiveness, large-scale implementation studies, and studies of educational materials for providers and patients. Currently, she is PI/Co-PI of three efforts: 1) an 18-site pragmatic trial of the effectiveness of complementary and integrative health therapies on pain and pain-related conditions, 2) a randomized controlled trial of the psychedelic-assisted therapy using MDMA for post-traumatic stress disorder, and 3) the VA’s national Complementary and Integrative Health Evaluation Center, which conducts several evaluation projects in partnership with the VA Central Office. As PI, she has received over $15 million in continuous research funding from several sources over the past 20 years, including the VA, NIH, AHRQ, LA County, and several foundations.


Dr. Taylor serves on several national review panels and strategic taskforces, including as Chair of NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health’s Special Emphasis Review Panels, Chair of VA Health Services Research & Development Scientific Merit Review Panels, Member of the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs' Chronic Pain Management Research Program Programmatic Panel, and Member of LA Care’s Technical Advisory Committee. She serves as Associate Editor and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Integrative and Complementary Medicine. She serves on the UCLA AHRQ-funded Los Angeles Area Health Services Research Training Program, in addition to several VA post-doctoral programs. In prior years, Dr. Taylor was a senior social scientist at RAND and faculty at Pardee RAND Graduate School. Dr. Taylor received her PhD in Sociomedical Sciences and her MPH in Epidemiology from Columbia University. 


  • PhD, Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University, New York, NY
  • MPH, Epidemiology, Columbia University, New York, NY

Selected Publications

Taylor SL, Gelman HM, DeFaccio R, Douglas J, Hawrilenko M, McGinty N, Resnick A, Tomlanovich NC, Toyama J, Whitehead AM, Kligler B, Zeliadt SB. We Built it, But Did They Come: Veterans’ Use of VA Healthcare System-Provided Complementary and Integrative Health Approaches. JGIM. 2022, December. 


Farmer MM, McGowan M, Yuan A, Whitehead A, Osawe U, Taylor SL. The Organization of Complementary and Integrative Health Practices at the VA: A National Survey. J Altern Complement Med. 2021; 27(S1):124-130.


Taylor SL, Giannitrapani K, Ackland P, Thomas ER, Federman DG, Holliday J, Olson J, Kligler B, Zeliadt SB. The Implementation and Effectiveness of Auricular Acupuncture for Pain in Routine Clinical Care at VA Facilities. Pain Medicine. 2021; 1-6.


Taylor SL, Hoggatt K, Kligler B. Complementary and Integrated Health Approaches: What Do Veterans Use and Want. JGIM. 2019 Jul;34(7):1192-1199.


Taylor SL, Herman PM, Marshall NJ, Zeng Q, Yuan A, Chu K, Shou Y, Morioka C, Lorenz K. Use of Complementary and Integrated Health: A Retrospective Analysis of by U.S. Veterans with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain Nationally. J Altern Complement Med. 2019 Jan;25(1):32-39.


Scandrett KG, Anchini MA, Berdes C, Estabrook S, Boockvar K, Saliba D, Emanuel L, Taylor SL. Patient Safety in the Nursing Home: How Nursing Staff Assess and Communicate About Change in Condition. J Geron Nursing, 2012:38(11):1-10.


Taylor SL, Dy S, Foy R, Hempel S, McDonald KM, Pronovost PJ, Øvretveit J, Rubenstein LV, Wachter RM, and Shekelle PG.  What context features are important determinants of the effectiveness of patient safety practice interventions? BMJ Qual Saf, 2011;20(7):611-7


Taylor SL, Romley J. Racial/ethnic disparities in the likelihood of diabetes: Where you live matters. Annals Beh Med. 2008. 35:S176-S176.


Taylor SL, Fremont A, Jain A,  McLaughlin R, Peterson E, Ferguson B., Lurie N. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Care: The Perspectives of Cardiovascular Surgeons. Annals Thoracic Surg. 2006 Feb;81(2):531-6.


Taylor SL, Leibowitz A, Simon PA, Grusky O. Neighborhood effects of HIV testing: a multi-level analysis.  AIDS & Behavior. 2006; (5): 579-586.

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