Zoe E. Taylor, PhD

Research Interests

Risk and resilience processes; mental health and well-being; family functioning and relationships; health disparities in Latino 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 Latino 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 Latino youth’s mental health, specifically depression and anxiety, as well as factors that buffer them from stress. My work also addresses the challenges facing Latino children of migrant farmworker families, a sub-population of Latino 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 funded by the Spencer Foundation, the Purdue Research Foundation (PRF), the Center For Families (CFF), and the Agricultural Research and Extension Leading to Economic Development in Indiana Agriculture and Rural Communities (AgSEED).

Selected Publications

  • Taylor, Z. E., Evich, C. D., Marceau, K., Nair, N., & Jones, B. L. (in press). Associations between the cortisol awakening response and effortful control relating to depressive problems in Latino adolescents. Journal of Early Adolescence.

  • Taylor, Z. E., Ruiz, Y., & Nair, N. (2018). The role of ego-resiliency on adjustment and academic efficacy: A convergent mixed-method examination of children in Latino migrant farmworker families. Social Development. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/sode.12328

  • 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

  • Jones, B. L., Elwazeer, S., & Taylor, Z. E. (2018). Salivary uric acid and c-reactive protein associations with hypertension in Midwestern Latino pre-adolescents and their parents. Developmental Psychobiology, 60, 104-110. doi:10.1002/dev.21577

  • Taylor, Z. E., Jones, B. L., Anaya, L. Y.2, & Evich, C. D.2 (2018). Effortful control as a mediator between contextual stressors and adjustment in Latino youth. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 6(3), 248-257. doi:10.1037/lat0000091

  • Eisenberg, N., Spinrad, T. L., Taylor, Z. E., & Liew, J. (2017). Relations of inhibition and emotion‐related parenting to young children's prosocial and vicariously induced distress behavior. Child Development. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/cdev.12934

  • 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

  • Kwak, Y. Y., Taylor, Z. E., Anaya, L. Y., Feng, Y., Evich, C. D., & Jones, B. L. (2017). Cumulative family stress and diurnal cortisol response in Midwest Latino families. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 39(1), 82-97.

  • Eisenberg, N., Taylor, Z. E., Widaman, K. F., & Spinrad, T. L. (2015). Externalizing symptoms, effortful control, and intrusive parenting: A test of bi-directional longitudinal relations during early childhood. Development and Psychopathology, 27, 953-968. doi:10.1017/S0954579415000620

  • 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 Latina/o Psychology, 3(4), 193-208. doi:10.1037/lat0000038 http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/lat0000038 

  • Taylor, Z. E., Eisenberg, N., & Spinrad, T. L. (2015). Respiratory sinus arrhythmia, effortful control, and parenting as predictors of children’s sympathy across early childhood. Developmental Psychology, 51(1), 17-25. doi:10.1037/a0038189

  • Taylor, Z. E., Doane, L. D., & Eisenberg, N. (2014). Transitioning from high school to college: Relations of social support, resiliency, and maladjustment during emerging adulthood. Emerging Adulthood 2(2), 105-115. doi:10.1177/2167696813506885

  • 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., Sulik, M. J., Eisenberg, N., Spinrad, T. L., Silva, K. M., Lemery-Chalfant, K., Stover, D. A., & Verrelli, B. C. (2014). Development of ego-resiliency during early childhood: An examination of polymorphisms in the serotonin transporter gene and observed parenting. Social Development, 23(3), 433-450.

  • 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 332: Stress and Coping in Contemporary Families


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

  • 2016-2017. Co-Principal Investigator (with Dr. Yumary Ruiz). 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). $50,000.

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

Professional Service

Editorial Boards

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

  • Review Editor, Cultural Psychology, 2017-present

Ad Hoc Journal Reviewer

American Journal of Human Biology; Behavioral Sciences; Child: Care, Health and Development; Child Development; Developmental Psychology; Emerging Adulthood; Infant and Child Development; International Journal of Behavioral Development; International Journal of Psychology; International Journal of Psychophysiology; Journal of Adolescence; 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

Zoe E. Taylor, PhD

Assistant Professor

Faculty Associate:
   Center for Families

(PhD, University of California, Davis)

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