Shannon Taylor, Ph.D.
Clinical Assistant Professor
Clemson University School of Health Research
Director of Behavioral Health
Prisma Health Family Medicine Residency Program
Who is Dr. Taylor?Shannon Stark Taylor is a clinical health psychologist and Director of Behavioral Health for the Prisma Health Family Medicine Residency Program Greenville. She earned her B.S. from Furman University, her M.A. in psychology from Wake Forest University, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Arizona State University. She completed a predoctoral internship in Behavioral Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and a postdoctoral fellowship in Health Services Research at the Durham VAMC. Her interests include behavioral/psychological interventions for physical health concerns (e.g., chronic pain, diabetes), social influences on health outcomes, doctor-patient communication, health behavior change, medical provider wellness, and medical education on these topics. Her recent work has included investigating the implementation of novel primary care-based interventions for Type II Diabetes with Dr. John Emerson, developing and testing a virtual reality intervention to promote empathy in preclinical medical students with Dr. Ann Blair Kennedy, and developing and assessing a family medicine resident skills training session for communication with individuals in chronic pain. She is currently collaborating with a team including Clemson psychology professor Dr. Tom Britt and graduate students Zach Klinefelter and Smitty Heavner-Sullivan, investigating burnout and meaningful work among Prisma Health providers using mixed methods assessment.
For more information, see her Curriculum Vitae.
How Dr. Taylor’s research is transforming health care
Dr. Taylor is passionate about investigating the benefits of a bio-psychosocial approach to medicine including utilizing evidence-based psychological interventions for physical health concerns, teaching outstanding doctor-patient communication, and helping medical providers maintain wellness, all of which can promote improved patient health outcomes.
News and media related to Dr. Taylor's research
- University of South Carolina Newsroom - "Researchers use virtual reality videos to help medical students cultivate compassion"
Key Health Research Interest Areas
Health psychology, Behavioral medicine, Chronic pain, Doctor-patient communication, Health behavior change, Medical provider wellness, Medical education