- Postdoctoral Fellow, CIRA
Dr. Taggart's research focuses on social and environmental contexts (i.e., peers, schools, and neighborhoods), psychosocial determinants (i.e., religiosity, racial identity, and masculinity), and black adolescent and emerging adult health behaviors and health. Specifically, she utilizes quantitative and qualitative methods to examine how these factors influence HIV risk behaviors and substance use among these groups. She also examines a variety of other health behaviors among adolescents and emerging adults that are largely influenced by interpersonal and social determinants to explore health inequities between groups as well as variability within them. Cutting across these topics is her community engagement work adapting and evaluating public health interventions to address health outcomes among underrepresented groups.