Julia V. Taylor is an Assistant Professor in the Counselor Education Program in the Department of Human Services. Prior to academia, Dr. Taylor worked as middle and high school counselor until she was appointed Dean of Student Services for the Wake Young Women's Leadership Academy, Wake County Public School’s first single gender academy. As a member of the founding leadership team, she helped construct and open the diverse and innovative concept school, composed of 50% first-generation college students. During this time, she focused the majority of her research on body image, media literacy, relational aggression, and girls' leadership development. In turn, she authored The Body Image Workbook for Teens, The Bullying Workbook for Teens, Salvaging Sisterhood, G.I.R.L.S: Group Counseling Activities for Enhancing Social and Emotional Development, and a children's book, Perfectly You. Dr. Taylor frequently presents this line of research to parents, educators, school counselors, and students across the country.
At UVA, Dr. Taylor has forged relationships with several neighboring school divisions and the Virginia Department of Education, and focuses her university research, service, and advocacy efforts on the standardization of the school counseling profession. Specifically, she is interested in equity issues concerning the preparation, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive school counseling programs and aims to reduce the implementation gap between theory and practice by strengthening university and school division partnerships.