Julia V. Taylor is an Assistant Professor in the Counselor Education Program in the Department of Human Services. Prior to academia, Dr. Taylor was a secondary school counselor, then transitioned to the dean of student services at an early college, public girls’ school in Raleigh, North Carolina. As a member of the founding leadership team, Taylor helped construct and open the diverse and innovative concept school, composed of 50% first-generation college students. During her time as a practitioner, she focused the majority of her research on body image, media literacy, relational aggression, and girls’ leadership development. In turn, she authored several books and curricula focused these topics. While completing her doctoral studies, Dr. Taylor forged relationships with several neighboring school divisions and the Virginia Department of Education, and focused her research, service, and advocacy efforts on the standardization of the school counseling profession. She continues these efforts in Charlottesville, and focuses on strengthening university and school division partnerships to reduce the implementation gap between theory and practice.