Kelly Taylor, PhD, MS, MPH

Assistant Adjunct Professor
+1 415 579-1808

Dr. Taylor is a research scientist with Global Health Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco. Educated at University of Michigan, Vanderbilt University, and University of California Berkeley, Dr. Taylor is a behavioral scientist with a background in community psychology, epidemiology, and evaluation methodology. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in AIDS prevention at the University of California San Francisco, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies. Her primary research interests are in research capacity building in low resource settings, health disparities, and psychosocial determinants of health in developing countries, particularly, the role of health seeking behavior among key populations at risk for HIV. She is also interested in the treatment of HIV and other chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. Dr. Taylor’s emphasis is in Sub-Saharan Africa, and she has worked professionally in Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, and South Africa. Her current projects include designing and implementing HIV bio-behavioral surveillance studies in Ghana and evaluating implementation of health information systems in Mozambique.


Continuing Low Awareness and Use of Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV among People Who Inject Drugs (PWID), San Francisco, 2022.

AIDS and behavior

Suprasert B, Tate M, Reagan D, Ruiz R, Gao K, McNaughton K, Miller K, Marr A, Taylor KD, Wilson EC, McFarland W

Low Human Papillomavirus Vaccination in a Low-Income Urban Population.

Health education & behavior : the official publication of the Society for Public Health Education

Rojo EM, Taylor KD, McFarland W

PrEP knowledge, acceptability, and implementation in Ghana: Perspectives of HIV service providers and MSM, trans women, and gender diverse individuals living with HIV.

PLOS global public health

Gyamerah AO, Kinzer E, Aidoo-Frimpong G, Sorensen G, Mensah MD, Taylor KD, Vanderpuye NA, Lippman SA

Motivators and Barriers for Parents to Disclose their HIV Status to Children.

Vulnerable children and youth studies

Lightfoot M, Campbell R, Khumalo-Sakutukwa G, Chingono A, Hughes S, Taylor K

HIV prevalence, engagement in care, and risk behavior among trans women, San Francisco: Evidence of recent successes and remaining challenges.

International journal of STD & AIDS

Chiu I, Leathers M, Cano D, Turner CM, Trujillo D, Sicro S, Arayasirikul S, Taylor KD, Wilson EC, McFarland W

Real World Feedback: How Well Did the Virtual Training Academy Prepare California's COVID-19 Contact Tracing Workforce?

Frontiers in public health

Westfall M, Forster M, Golston O, Taylor KD, White K, Reid MJA, Dorian A, Prelip ML, Shafir S

Health Coaching Across the Stages of Vaccine Readiness and Action: A Practical Guide for Public Health Nurses.

American journal of public health

Harris OO, Taylor KD, Maher A, Willard-Grace R

Experiences and factors associated with transphobic hate crimes among transgender women in the San Francisco Bay Area: comparisons across race.

BMC public health

Gyamerah AO, Baguso G, Santiago-Rodriguez E, Sa'id A, Arayasirikul S, Lin J, Turner CM, Taylor KD, McFarland W, Wilson EC, Wesson P

Justice in access to the outdoors

Parks Stewardship Forum

Taylor KD, González J, Razani N

Stigma, discrimination, violence, and HIV testing among men who have sex with men in four major cities in Ghana.

AIDS care

Gyamerah AO, Taylor KD, Atuahene K, Anarfi JK, Fletcher M, Raymond HF, McFarland W, Dodoo FN

Supportive interventions to improve retention on ART in people with HIV in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review.

PloS one

Penn AW, Azman H, Horvath H, Taylor KD, Hickey MD, Rajan J, Negussie EK, Doherty M, Rutherford GW

Critique and lessons learned from using multiple methods to estimate population size of men who have sex with men in Ghana.

AIDS and behavior

Quaye S, Fisher Raymond H, Atuahene K, Amenyah R, Aberle-Grasse J, McFarland W, El-Adas A, Ghana Men Study Group

Explanatory models of hypertension among Nigerian patients at a University Teaching Hospital.

Ethnicity & health

Taylor KD, Adedokun A, Awobusuyi O, Adeniran P, Onyia E, Ogedegbe G

International travel among HIV-positive and HIV-negative men who have sex with men, San Francisco, USA.

International journal of STD & AIDS

Taylor KD, Raymond HF, Truong HM, Ick T, Le B, Rive J, McFarland W

An overview of cardiovascular risk factor burden in sub-Saharan African countries: a socio-cultural perspective.

Globalization and health

BeLue R, Okoror TA, Iwelunmor J, Taylor KD, Degboe AN, Agyemang C, Ogedegbe G

African Americans and participation in clinical trials: differences in beliefs and attitudes by gender.

Contemporary clinical trials

BeLue R, Taylor-Richardson KD, Lin J, Rivera AT, Grandison D