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Michael J. Taylor, Ph.D.

Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
PHONE #: (858) 642-3101
FAX #: (858) 552-7432

A long-term resident of San Diego, Dr. Taylor received his B.A. in psychology from UCSD in 1989 and his M.A. in psychology from SDSU in 1991. After his internship at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System /Yale Clinical Campus, he earned a PhD in clinical psychology with a specialization in neuropsychology from the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology in 1996. Dr. Taylor completed a postdoctoral internship at UCSD and is currently an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD and a member of the SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology faculty.

Research Focus
Dr. Taylor’s primary research goal is to apply magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) and other novel neuroimaging techniques to the study of diseases impacting the CNS in order to evaluate treatment efficacy and/or disease progression. He is currently conducting three NIMH funded studies tracking the brain changes associated with HIV treatment. He is also the lead investigator of a VA funded study of the CNS consequences  of alcoholism measured with MRS, diffusion tensor imaging, and cognitive testing.

Clinical Focus
Dr. Taylor is a licensed clinical psychologist, with specific interests in the generation and application of demographically-corrrected norms in neuropsychological assessment. He is also a member of the Disaster Mental Health Services team for the San Diego Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Selected Publications

  • M. J. Taylor, O. M. Alhassoon, B. C. Schweinsburg, J. S. Videen, I. Grant, & the HNRC Group. “MR Spectroscopy in HIV and Stimulant Dependence.” Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 6, 2000 (pp. 83-85)
  • B. C. Schweinsburg, M. J. Taylor, O. M. Alhassoon, J. S. Videen, G. G. Brown, T. L. Patterson, F. Berger, & I. Grant. “Chemical Pathology in Brain White Matter of Recently Detoxified Alcoholics: A 1H Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Investigation of Alcohol-Associated Frontal Lobe Injury.” Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 25, 2001 (pp. 924-934)
  • M. J. Taylor, & R. K. Heaton. “Sensitivity and Specificity of WAIS-III/WMS-III Demographically Corrected Factor Scores in Neuropsychological Assessment.” Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 7, 2001 (pp. 867-874)
  • M. J. Taylor, S. L. Letendre, B. C. Schweinsburg, O. M. Alhassoon,  G. G. Brown, A. Gongvatana, I. Grant, I., & the HNRC Group. “Hepatitis C virus infection is associated with reduced white matter N-acetylasparate in abstinent methamphetamine users.” Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 10, 2004 (pp. 110-113)
  • B. C. Schweinsburg, M. J. Taylor, O. M. Alhassoon, R. Gonzalez, G. G. Brown, R. J. Ellis, S. Letendre, J. S. Videen, J. A. McCutchan,  T. L. Patterson, I. Grant, & the HNRC Group. “Brain mitochondrial injury in human immunodeficiency virus-seropositive (HIV+) individuals taking nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors.” Journal of Neurovirology, 11, 2005 (pp. 356-364)



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