Dr. Cathy Taylor began her duties as Dean of the College on February 1, 2012. Dr. Taylor holds a Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing degree from the University of Tennessee, Memphis, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama, Huntsville and a Bachelor of Science degree from Middle Tennessee State University.
Dr. Taylor comes to Belmont after serving 5 years as Assistant Commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Health’s Bureau of Health Services Administration. The Department of Health’s Bureau of Health Services Administration is responsible for the administration of Tennessee’s 89 rural and six metropolitan county health departments and 13 regional offices, which provide both primary care and prevention services with an emphasis on health promotion, disease prevention and health access activities. In addition, the bureau administers a wide variety of programs including communicable and environmental disease services, maternal and child health, breast and cervical cancer services, general environmental health, oral health, nutrition services and women’s health and genetics.
As Assistant Commissioner, Dr. Taylor directed development and implementation of successful statewide tobacco cessation and diabetes prevention programs and increased public, private and academic partnerships aimed at improving the health of Tennesseans. As a consultant to China’s Ministry of Health, she contributed to the re-design of China’s rural health care delivery system.
Prior to joining the Department of Health, Dr. Taylor was an assistant professor of nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She has also served as director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance Disease Management Program, and worked in community health nursing and outreach at Vanderbilt School of Nursing. She has held administrative and clinical positions at Alvin C. York VAMC including occupational health clinical specialist and medical/surgical clinical coordinator. Dr. Taylor has also served in nursing director and supervisor positions at Fentress County Hospital, Middle Tennessee Medical Center and Hendersonville Community Hospital, and as a public health nurse in Fentress and Rutherford Counties.
In November 2006, Dr. Taylor was appointed by Governor Phil Bredesen to chair the Tennessee Center for Diabetes Prevention and Health Improvement Board. In addition, she has served as a consultant on projects for organizations, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau Leadership Institute and the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. Dr. Taylor is a member of the American Diabetes Association, the American Nurses Association and the American Public Health Association. She has earned numerous grants and awards, and her work has been included in professional publications such as Diabetes Care, Maternal and Child Health Journal and Concepts and Models for Service Learning in Nursing.