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Dr. Taylor Hall

Taylor Hall
Assistant Professor of Social Work
Burrill Office Complex, Room 102Y

BA, Bridgewater State College
MA, UMass Boston
PhD, Boston University

Growing up in a working-class family on the Rhode Island/Massachusetts border, Dr. Taylor Hall wasn’t always sure she would attend college. Though at times she debated joining ROTC, attending cosmetology school, or even running away with the circus, she did make the decision to apply to and attend Bridgewater State College as a first-generation college student. Here, she studied both sociology and social work and took part in undergraduate research through the Adrian Tinsley summer research grant program. It was here at Bridgewater State that Dr. Hall discovered what she wanted to do: work to change the systems we have in place in order to make society a more equal, accessible place for us all. After completing her bachelor’s degree, Dr. Hall worked in both clinical and research positions within the Veterans Administration and at Suffolk County House of Corrections. It was in these work environments she could see the vast number of people experiencing co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders, and she saw how our healthcare and social service systems have many barriers keeping people from accessing what they need to get well. Currently, Dr. Hall is working to incorporate a harm reduction lens into the work social workers engage in in the field. In her spare time, she likes to be outside in the sun with her family and three dogs. She also coaches weightlifting, with her favorite lift being a deadlift.

Area of Expertise

Substance Use
Mental Health
Policy Analysis
Program Evaluation
Social Worker Wellness