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Faculty and Staff Profile

Mary Taylor

Professor, Department of Psychology

Office: 410I Brackett Hall
Phone: 864 656 4714

 Educational Background

PhD Industrial/Organizational Psychology
University of Akron 1990

 Courses Taught

Introduction to Psychology
Cross-cultural Issues in I/O Psychology
Legal issues in I/O
Testing in I/O


I\'m an Industrial/Organizational Psychologist with an interest in issues facing minority groups, disabled individuals, and older workers. Most of my work is conducted in \"real world\" settings with partners such as the ADA Director of Charleston, The Lt. Governor\'s Office on Aging, Goodwill and employment agencies. In terms of teaching, I\'ve successfully developed a hybrid course offering, funded by the Office of Undergraduate Research.

 Research Interests

The research that I've conducted involves minority and underrepresented groups in employment settings. Major areas of interest include retirement adaptation and the return to work, unemployment and job search behaviors among minority groups, and the importance of religiosity in coping with job loss.

 Research Publications

Taylor, M. A. & Schaffer, M. (2013) Planning and adaptation to retirement: The post-retirement environment, change management resources, and need oriented factors as moderators. M. Wang (Ed.) Oxford Handbook of Retirement, (pp. 249-267) Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Schaffer, M. & Taylor, M. A. (2012) Job search behaviors among African Americans. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 27, 8, pp. 814-828.

Taylor, M.A., Goldberg, C., Shore, L. & Lipka, P. (2008) The effects of retirement expectations and social support on post-retirement adjustment: A longitudinal analysis. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 23, 4. (Recipient of JMP award for top three publications during that year)