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Biography

Biography

Dr. Dalena Dillman Taylor is a tenure earning Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida in the Department of Counselor Education & School Psychology/Counselor Education Program. She earned her doctoral degree in Counseling and completed her masters degree in Counseling from the University of North Texas. Dr. Dillman Taylor’s primary research interests include: advancement of Adlerian Play Therapy field towards evidence-based practice; counseling and educational services for high need children and families; and counselor development and supervision. Dr. Dillman Taylor has been active in the areas of research, teaching, and service. Dr. Dillman Taylor has over 20 scholarly works in refereed and/or peer-reviewed dissemination outlets. Dr. Dillman Taylor is the Co-Principal Investigator of Project Harmony (90FM0078-01-00), a five-year federally supported research grant awarded by the Office of Family Assistant. Project Harmony is a randomized control trial investigating the impact of a relationship education intervention on relationship satisfaction, individual distress, parental alliance, emotion regulation, and economic stability for individuals and couples from economically disadvantaged background. Dr. Dillman Taylor is also the Director of the Center for Play Therapy Training and Research at UCF. She is a certified child-centered play therapist supervisor, a certified child parent relationship therapist supervisor, and a trained Adlerian play therapist.

Areas of Expertise

  • Counselor Education
  • Play Therapy
  • Counseling Children

Education

Ph.D. in Counseling
Minor: Play Therapy
University of North Texas (CACREP Accredited)

Research

Research Interests

  • Advancement of Adlerian Play Therapy field towards evidence-based practice
  • Counseling and educational services for high need children and families
  • Counselor development and supervision

Current Funded Projects

Project Harmony

  • Principal Investigator: Sejal Barden, Ph.D.
  • Co-Principal Investigators: Dalena Dillman Taylor
  • Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Award Period: 9/30/2020 to 9/29/2025
  • Total Award: $7,499,995

Awards

  • ACES Outstanding Teaching Award (2016); Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • SACES Outstanding Teaching Award (2016); Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision
  • American Counseling Association Best Practices Award (2014); Nominated by the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC)
  • American Counseling Association Best Practices Award (2014); Nominated by the Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling (AARC)

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