Taylor Bishop Scott

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Associate Research Professor, Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center (PRC)

Taylor Bishop Scott is a community psychologist who is situated at the intersection of research and policy.

As Director of Research Translation in the Evidence-to-Impact Collaborative at Penn State University, Dr. Scott consults on various strategies for bridging research and policy and leads scholarly research that sheds light on the best practices for research translation, science communication, and facilitating productive interactions between researchers and policymakers.

As a Co-director of the Research-to-Policy Collaboration, Dr. Scott directs activities that broker connections between researchers and legislative offices. She has worked closely with decision-makers to use research evidence in the real world for more than a decade, primarily focused on child-serving systems including mental health, child welfare, public housing, and education.

Dr. Scott also directs a policy training program for junior scholars via the Research-to-Policy Collaboration and routinely provides policy training workshops for researchers across the U.S. Her work has been supported by the William T. Grant Foundation, National Science Foundation, Doris Duke Foundation, National Institute of Mental Health, and the Penn State Social Science Research Institute.

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Recent Publications

Who is listening? Profiles of policymaker engagement with scientific communication

Pugel, J., Long, E. C., Fernandes, M. A., Cruz, K., Giray, C., Crowley, D. M. & Scott, J. T., Mar 2022, In: Policy and Internet. 14, 1, p. 186-201 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Cultivating Researcher-Policymaker Partnerships: A Randomized Controlled Trial of a Model for Training Public Psychologists

Crowley, D. M., Scott, J. T., Long, E. C., Green, L., Giray, C., Gay, B., Israel, A., Storace, R., McCauley, M. & Donovan, M., 2021, In: American Psychologist. 76, 8, p. 1307-1322 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Lawmakers' use of scientific evidence can be improved

Crowley, D. M., Scott, J. T., Long, E. C., Green, L., Israel, A., Supplee, L., Jordan, E., Oliver, K., Guillot-Wright, S., Gay, B., Storace, R., Torres-Mackie, N., Murphy, Y., Donnay, S., Reardanz, J., Smith, R., McGuire, K., Baker, E., Antonopoulos, A., McCauley, M. & 1 others, Giray, C., Mar 2 2021, In: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 118, 9, e2012955118.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

A new measure to understand the role of science in US Congress: Lessons learned from the Legislative Use of Research Survey (LURS)

Long, E. C., Smith, R. L., Scott, J. T., Gay, B., Giray, C., Storace, R., Guillot-Wright, S. & Crowley, D. M., Nov 2021, In: Evidence and Policy. 17, 4, p. 689-707 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Rapid-Cycle Experimentation With State and Federal Policymakers for Optimizing the Reach of Racial Equity Research

Long, E. C., Pugel, J., Scott, J. T., Charlot, N., Giray, C., Fernandes, M. A. & Crowley, D. M., Oct 1 2021, In: American journal of public health. 111, 10, p. 1768-1771 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Behavioral health policy for improving population health and wellbeing: Opportunities for investment in evidence-based policymaking

Crowley, M., Green, L., Scott, T. & Long, E., Jun 1 2020, In: Translational behavioral medicine. 10, 3, p. 590-597 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

The role of psychology in evidence-based policymaking: Mapping opportunities for strategic investment in poverty reduction

Crowley, M., Supplee, L., Scott, T. & Brooks-Gunn, J., Sep 2019, In: American Psychologist. 74, 6, p. 685-697 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Bridging the Research-Policy Divide: Pathways to Engagement and Skill Development

Scott, J. T., Larson, J. C., Buckingham, S. L., Maton, K. I. & Crowley, D. M., 2019, In: American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. 89, 4, p. 434-441 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview articlepeer-review

Evidence-Based Human Trafficking Policy: Opportunities to Invest in Trauma-Informed Strategies

Scott, J. T., Ingram, A. M., Nemer, S. L. & Crowley, D. M., Dec 1 2019, In: American Journal of Community Psychology. 64, 3-4, p. 348-358 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Translating Prevention Research for Evidence-Based Policymaking: Results from the Research-to-Policy Collaboration Pilot

Crowley, M., Scott, J. T. B. & Fishbein, D., Feb 1 2018, In: Prevention Science. 19, 2, p. 260-270 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review