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CSHIIP Leadership | Stephanie L. Taylor, PhD, MPH



Stephanie Taylor, PhD, MPH

Stephanie L. Taylor, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Associate Director, VA HSR&D Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation & Policy, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System

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Dr. Stephanie Taylor is a health services researcher and sociomedical scientist with over 25 years’ research experience in effectiveness and implementation research at the VA, UCLA and RAND. At the VA, she is a Research Career Scientist and serves as Executive Director of the VA’s Complementary and Integrative Health Evaluation Center, which conducts large-scale quality improvement projects on the effectiveness and implementation of novel “whole health” therapies such as meditation, mindfulness, acupuncture, and yoga, in partnership with the VA Central Office. For her teams’ research in this area, she was awarded the VA’s national HSR&D Health System Impact Award in 2019. She currently also is Co-PI of a trial of psychedelic-assisted therapy with MDMA for PTSD among Veterans at the Los Angeles VA. She has served as PI of large pragmatic clinical trials, cost effectiveness studies, national surveys of use and effectiveness, large-scale implementation studies, and studies of educational materials for providers and patients. Dr. Taylor also is Adjunct Professor in Medicine and Health Policy & Management at UCLA. She serves on several national review panels and prominent strategic taskforces, including as Chair of NIH/National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health’s Special Emphasis Review Panels, Chair of VA HSR&D Scientific Merit Review Panels, Member of the Department of Defense’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs' Chronic Pain Management Research Program, and Member of LA Care Health Plan’s Technical Advisory Committee. She is Associate Editor and an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Integrative and Complementary Medicine. She serves on several UCLA and VA post-doctoral programs. She received her Ph.D. in Sociomedical Sciences and her M.P.H. in Epidemiology from Columbia University. 



  • Tobin J, Zeliadt SB, Upchurch DM, Gelman HM, DeFaccio R, Douglas J, Hawrilenko M, McGinty N, Resnick A, Tomlanovich NC, Toyama J, Whitehead AM, Kligler B, Taylor SL. Racial/ethnic Variation in Complementary and Integrative Health Use among US Veterans: Differences by Gender, Age, and Health Conditions. JAMA Network Open.2023. Jun 1;6(6).
  • Taylor SL, Gelman HM, DeFaccio R, Douglas J, Hawrilenko M, McGinty N, Resnick A, Tomlanovich NC, Toyama J, Whitehead AM, Kligler B, Zeliadt SB. We Built it, But Did They Come: Veterans' Use of VA Healthcare System-Provided Complementary and Integrative Health Approaches. 2022. JGIM. 2022, December; 10.1007/s11606-022-07889-4.
  • Farmer MM, McGowan M, Yuan A, Whitehead A, Osawe U, Taylor SL.  The Organization of Complementary and Integrative Health Practices at the VA: A National Survey. J Altern Complement Med. 2021; 27(S1):124-130.
  • Taylor SL, Giannitrapani K, Ackland P, Thomas ER, Federman DG, Holliday J, Olson J, Kligler B, Zeliadt SB. The Implementation and Effectiveness of Auricular Acupuncture for Pain in Routine Clinical Care at VA Facilities. Pain Medicine. 2021; 1-6.
  • Taylor SL, Bolton R, Hyunh A, Dvorin K, Elwy AR, Bokhour B, Whitehead A, Kligler B. Adoption and Implementation of Complementary and Integrative Health Therapies. J Alternative and Complementary Medicine. April 2019; 25:S52–S60.
  • Taylor SL, Hoggatt K, Kligler B. Complementary and Integrated Health Approaches: What Do Veterans Use and Want. J Gen Intern Med 2019 Jul;34(7):1192-1199.

Last Updated: December 6, 2023