Zoe E. Taylor, PhD

Research Interests

Risk and resilience processes in youth and families; mental health and well-being; immigrant and migrant families; health disparities in Latinx families; stress and coping; child social and emotional competence; positive youth development; single-mother families; diversity and culture.


I joined the faculty at Purdue University in the fall of 2013. I received my Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of California, Davis in 2011 and completed a postdoctoral position in the Department of Psychology at Arizona State University.

My research program broadly examines risk and resilience processes in vulnerable youth and their families. Grounded in a bio-ecological and family systems framework, the central goal of this research program is to identify resilience factors that promote the healthy development of youth and children despite the adversity they experience. My primary line of research is focused on how Latinx children and adolescents cope with stress, and the effects of stress on physical and mental health and well-being. In particular, I am interested in addressing the effects of culturally relevant stressors on Latinx youth’s mental health, specifically depression and anxiety, as well as factors that buffer them from stress. My work also addresses the challenges facing Latinx children of migrant farmworker families, a sub-population of Latinx children that are at significantly high risk of maladjustment and poor health. Broadly, I am interested in how individuals and families succeed, stay healthy, and do well despite hardships, transitions and challenge. My research has been externally funded by the National Institute of Minority Health Disparities (NIMHD) and the Spencer Foundation, and internally funded by the Purdue Research Foundation (PRF), the Kinley Trust, the Center For Families (CFF), and the Agricultural Research and Extension Leading to Economic Development in Indiana Agriculture and Rural Communities (AgSEED).

In the News

Child Trends
Single moms' challenges during COVID-19
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Expert on how Latino youth cope with stress and related mental health effects from parent separation

Selected Publications

For a full list, see https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=SiEOT-UAAAAJ&hl=en

  • Taylor, Z. E., Ruiz, Y., Nair, N., & Mishra, A. A. (2020). Family support and mental health of Latinx children in migrant farmworker families. Applied Developmental Science. Advance online publication. doi.org/10.1080/10888691.2020.1800466

  • Nair, N., Taylor, Z. E., Evich, C. D., & Jones, B. L. (2020). Relations of positive parenting, effortful control and resilience in rural Midwestern Latinx early adolescents. Advance online publication. Children and Youth Services Review. doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105003

  • Ruiz, Y., Taylor, Z. E., & Cavin, R. (2020). Parent-child communication as a protective factor against adolescent substance use: Reported narratives from youth from Latinx farmworker families. Journal of Adolescent Research. Advance online publication. doi.org/10.1177/0743558420906084

  • Taylor, Z. E., & Jones, B. L. (2020). Cultural contributors to ego-resiliency and associations with depressive problems in Midwestern Latino youth. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 30, 349-361. doi:10.1111/jora.12481

  • Taylor, Z. E., Kittrell, N., Nair, N., Evich, C. D., & Jones, B. L. (2020). Developmental antecedents of adolescent optimism in rural Midwestern U.S. Latinx youth. Journal of Community Psychology, 48, 448-463. doi:10.1002/jcop.22267

  • Taylor, Z. E., & Ruiz, Y. (2019). Executive function, dispositional resilience, and cognitive engagement in Latino children of migrant farmworkers. Children and Youth Services Review, 100, 57-63. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2019.02.025

  • Taylor, Z. E., Ruiz, Y., & Nair, N. (2019). The role of ego-resiliency on adjustment and academic efficacy: A convergent mixed-method examination of children in Latino migrant farmworker families. Social Development, 28, 200-217. doi:10.1111/sode.12328

  • Taylor, Z. E., Evich, C. D., Marceau, K., Nair, N., & Jones, B. L. (2019). Associations between the cortisol awakening response and effortful control relating to depressive problems in Latino adolescents. Journal of Early Adolescence, 39, 1050-1077. doi:10.1177/0272431618798509

  • Taylor, Z. E., Widaman, K. F., & Robins, R. W. (2018). Longitudinal relations of economic hardship and effortful control to active coping in Mexican-origin youth. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 28(2), 396-411. doi:10.1111/jora.12338

  • Taylor, Z. E., & Ruiz, Y. (2018). Contextual stressors and the mental health outcomes of Latino children in rural migrant farmworker families in the Midwest. Journal of Rural Mental Health, 41(4), 284-298. doi.org/10.1037/rmh0000082

  • Taylor, Z. E., Jones, B. L., Anaya, L. Y., & Evich, C. D. (2018). Effortful control as a mediator between contextual stressors and adjustment in Latino youth. Journal of Latinx Psychology, 6(3), 248-257. doi:10.1037/lat0000091

  • Taylor, Z. E., & Conger, R. D. (2017). Promoting strengths and resilience in single mother families. Child Development, 88(2), 350-358. doi:10.1111/cdev.12741

  • Taylor, Z. E., Conger, R. D., Robins, R. W., & Widaman, K. F. (2015). Parenting practices and perceived social support: Longitudinal relations with the social competence of Mexican-origin children. Journal of Latinx Psychology, 3(4), 193-208. doi:10.1037/lat0000038 http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/lat0000038

  • Taylor, Z. E., Eisenberg, N., VanSchyndel, S. K., Eggum, N. D., & Spinrad, T. L. (2014). Children’s negative emotions and ego-resiliency: Longitudinal relations with social competence. Emotion, 14(2), 397-406. doi:10.1037/a0035079

  • Taylor, Z. E., Eisenberg, N., Spinrad, T. L., Eggum, N. D., & Sulik, M. J. (2013). The relations of ego-resiliency and emotion socialization to the development of empathy and prosocial behavior across early childhood. Emotion, 13(5), 822-831. doi:10.1037/a0032894

  • Taylor, Z. E., Eisenberg, N., Spinrad, T. L., & Widaman, K. F. (2013). Longitudinal relations of intrusive parenting and effortful control to ego-resiliency during early childhood. Child Development, 84(4), 1145-1151. doi:10.1111/cdev.12054

  • Taylor, Z. E., Larsen-Rife, D., Widaman, K. F., & Conger, R. D. (2012). Familism, marital conflict and parenting in Mexican-origin families: A cultural-contextual framework. Journal of Marriage and Family, 74(2), 312-327. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3737.2012.00958.x

  • Taylor, Z. E., Spinrad, T. L., VanSchyndel, S. K., Eisenberg, N., Huynh, J., Sulik, M. J., & Granger, D. A. (2012). Sociodemographic risk, parenting, and effortful control: Relations to salivary alpha-amylase and cortisol in early childhood. Developmental Psychobiology, 55(8), 869-880. doi:10.1002/dev.21079

  • Taylor, Z. E., Widaman, K. F., Robins, R. W., Jochem, R., Early, D. R., & Conger, R. D. (2012). Dispositional optimism: A psychological resource for Mexican-origin mothers experiencing economic stress. Journal of Family Psychology, 26(1), 133-139. doi:10.1037/a0026755

  • Taylor, Z. E., Larsen-Rife, D., Conger, R. D., Widaman, K. F., & Cutrona, C. E. (2010). Life stress, maternal optimism, and adolescent competence in single mother, African American families. Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 468-477. doi:10.1037/a0019870

Book Chapters

  • Taylor, Z. E., & Spinrad, T. L. (2017). Developmental tools that build social and emotional competence in school: A focus on effortful control and ego-resiliency. In S. Donaldson & M. Rao (Eds.) Positive psychology of relationships. Handbook of positive psychology, Volume 2. Praeger Publishers.

  • Taylor, Z. E., & Conger, R. D. (2014). Risk and resilience processes in single mother families: An interactionist perspective. In Z. Sloboda & H. Petras (Eds.) Defining prevention science, advances in prevention science (pp. 195-217). New York: Springer Science + Business Media. doi:10.1007/978-1-4899-7424-2_9

  • Eisenberg, N., Spinrad, T. L., & Taylor, Z. E. (2014). Sympathy. In S. van Hooft & N. Saunders (Eds.) The handbook of virtue ethics (pp. 409-417). Routledge, New York, NY.


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011-2013, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University

  • PhD, 2011, Human Development and Family Studies, University of California, Davis

  • MS, 2008, Child Development, University of California, Davis

  • BA, 1998, Community Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

  • BA, 1998, Sociology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Courses Recently Taught

  • HDFS 210: Introduction to Human Development

  • HDFS 280: Diversity in Individual and Family Life

  • HDFS 332: Stress and Coping in Contemporary Families

  • HDFS 398: Study Abroad: Children and Families in Costa Rica

  • HDFS 590: Global Perspectives on Human Development


  • 2020-2025. Mental and Physical Health in Children of Latino Migrant Farm Workers: A Multi-Level Longitudinal Examination of Risk and Resilience Factors. National Institute of Minority Health Disparities (NIMHD). Co-Principal Investigator. $3,138,472.00

  • 2020. Challenges, Wellbeing, and Coping of Single Mothers During the COVID19 Pandemic. HHS COVID19 Rapid Response Grant Program, Purdue University. Principal Investigator. $10,000

  • 2019-20. Assessing Contextual Challenges and Exploring Strengths in Single Mother Families in Indiana. Kinley Trust. Principal Investigator. $19,865.

  • 2019. Assessing Contextual Challenges and Exploring Strengths in Single Mother Families in Indiana. Purdue Research Foundation Faculty Summer Grant. Principal Investigator. $8,000.

  • 2016-2017. Mental and Physical Health in Children of Latino Migrant Farm Workers (LMFWs): A Longitudinal Multi-Level Approach Examining Risk and Protective Factors. Spencer Foundation. Co-Principal Investigator (with Dr. Yumary Ruiz). $50,000.

  • 2016-2017. Children in Rural Indiana Migrant Farmworker Families: An Examination of Educational Aspirations and Health. Agricultural Research and Extension Leading to Economic Development in Indiana Agriculture and Rural Communities (AgSEED). Co-Principal Investigator (with Dr. Yumary Ruiz) $50,000.

  • 2016-17. Does Self-Regulation Buffer Midwestern Latino Youth from Mental Health Inequities Resulting from Stress Exposure? Kontos Faculty Fellowship, Center For Families, Purdue University. Principal Investigator. $9,847.

  • 2015-2016. SALUD: Healthy Midwest Families Project. Purdue Research Foundation (PRF). Principal Investigator. $24,000.


  • 2016 – 2018. Biopsychosocial Contributors to Health and Well-Being in Midwest Latino Youth and their Families. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Loan Repayment Program (LRP).

  • 2014 – 2016. Biopsychosocial Contributors to Family Health and Well-Being. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Loan Repayment Program (LRP).

  • 2012 – 2014. Child Adjustment and Resiliency: An Interdisciplinary Perspective. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Loan Repayment Program (LRP).

Professional Service

Grant Review

  • NIH Study Section: Psychosocial Development, Risk and Prevention (PDRP); Temporary Member, February 2020, June 2020

Editorial Boards

  • Consulting Editor, Journal of Family Psychology, 2016-present

  • Consulting Editor, Journal of Genetic Psychology: Research and Theory on Human Development, 2019-present

  • Review Editor, Cultural Psychology, 2017-2019

Ad Hoc Journal Reviewer

American Journal of Human Biology; American Psychologist; Applied Developmental Science; Behavioral Sciences; Child: Care, Health and Development; Child Development; Children and Youth Services Review; Community, Work and Family; Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology; Developmental Psychology; Emerging Adulthood; Infant and Child Development; International Journal of Behavioral Development; International Journal of Psychology; International Journal of Psychophysiology; Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology; Journal of Adolescence; Journal of Adolescent Research; Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology; Journal of Child and Family Studies; Journal of Family Psychology; Journal of Family Studies; Journal of Personality; Journal of Research on Adolescence; Psychoneuroendocrinology; Social Development; Social Psychological and Personality Science

Zoe Taylor, PhD

Associate Professor

(Pronouns: she/her/hers)

Faculty Associate:
   Center for Families

Faculty Mentor:
  Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
  Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP)

(PhD, University of California, Davis)

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