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CHP Commencement Speaker

The 2018 Chancellor’s Honors Program Commencement Celebration will be held on May 11 at 10:30 a.m. in Cox Auditorium and on Neyland Plaza. This year’s featured speaker is honors alumnus Dr. Lloyd “Chip” Taylor, a professor of Psychology (The Citadel) and a Licensed Clinical Psychologist. He has been in private practice since 2003 with Charleston Pediatrics and Behavioral Health.

Dr. Taylor was born and raised in Radford, VA and attended the University of Tennessee as a Whittle Scholar. His major was College Scholar with an emphasis in Psychology and Life Sciences, and he was the top graduating senior in the College of Arts and Sciences (1996). Upon graduation from Tennessee, Dr. Taylor completed master’s level course work at Radford University in the Experimental Psychology program. In 1997, Dr. Taylor was admitted into the Medical Clinical Psychology program at The University of Alabama at Birmingham where he completed both his Masters’ (1999) and Doctoral (2002) degrees. His dissertation, Improving Chronic Disease Health Status and Utilization, explored the impact of written self-disclosure on improving health status and hospital utilization among pediatric patients with Cystic Fibrosis.

He completed his pre-doctoral clinical internship at the Medical University of South Carolina/VA Consortium where he was a child psychology fellow and recipient of the Clinical Excellence Award. Following his internship, he served as the principal investigator of a National Institute of Health investigation of cognitive late effects among pediatric brain tumor survivors. Dr. Taylor jointed the faculty of the Medical University of South Carolina following his two year postdoctoral work; his duties included supervision of clinical interns and teaching in the College of Health Professions. He has published numerous articles focusing on the psychological impacts of chronic illness among children, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and heroism and bullying among school children.

In 2006, Dr. Taylor joined the faculty at The Citadel. He served as Arland D. Williams Professor of Heroism from 2008-2011. He has received promotion and tenure and currently holds the rank of Full Professor.  In 2016-2017, Dr. Taylor was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Brain Science and Child and Family Wellness from Fulbright Canada and the Palix Foundation.

He and his family spent 6 months in Calgary continuing his work on bullying, ostracism, and ADHD.  Additionally, he was awarded a Western Hemisphere Travel Award through the Fulbright organization, which allowed him to expand his work to Uruguay. He  is keenly interested in mentorship and academic success for all students.

Dr. Taylor teaches courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level within the Department of Psychology.  In 2018, he will assume the role of Chair of the Department of Psychology at The Citadel.  His primary areas of research and clinical work are in the field of Pediatric Psychology.

Dr. Taylor resides in Charleston, SC with his wife, Erica, and their four children, Walker, Charlie, Enuka, and Kelly Grey Neyland Taylor.