Department of Psychology

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Dr. April Taylor

Adjunct Instructor
At Valley Since: 2007

April Taylor


Psychology, Developmental Communications


Degree: Postdoc
Department: Education
From: University of Southern California
Date: 2004

Degree: Ph.D.
Major:  Educational Psychology
From: University of California, Los Angeles
Date: 2001

Degree: B.A.
Major: Psychology
From: Pomona College
Date: 1993

Faculty Interests

Motivation, Achievement, Ethnic Minorities, At-risk Youth

Personal Interests

Movie-going, book clubs, travel

Contact Information

Courses Taught

  • DevCom 35, DevCom 36A



Selected Publications

Taylor, A. (2008). A quantitative examination of oppositional identity among African American and Latino middle-school students. To appear in J.U. Ogbu (Ed). Minority status, oppositional culture and schooling. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates.

Taylor, A. & Graham, S. (2007). An examination of the relationship between achievement values and perceptions of barriers among low-SES African-American and Latino students. Journal of Educational Psychology, 99 (1) 52 – 64.

Wakefield, D. & Taylor, A. (2006). Teaching racial identity. In Y. Jackson (Ed.) Encyclopedia of multicultural society. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.