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Dalena Dillman Taylor, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Program: Counselor Education

Department: Child, Family, and Community Sciences

Office: ED 322R
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Professional Summary

Dr. Dalena Dillman Taylor is a tenure earning Assistant Professor at the University of Central Florida in the Department of Child, Family and Community Sciences/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.

Education

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Counselor Education
  • Play Therapy
  • Counseling Children

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

Recent Honors and 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)

Recent Publications

Dillman Taylor, D., Gungor, A., Blount, A. J., & Mullen, P. (in press). Personality priorities and perceived wellness among counseling trainees. Journal of Individual Psychology.

Dillman Taylor, D., Bratton, S. C., & Henson, R. K (in press). Confirming the constructs of the Adlerian Personality Priority Assessment (APPA). Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development.

Flasch, P., Dillman Taylor, D., Clauber, R. N., & Robinson, E. M. (2017). Evaluating the effectiveness of an experiential play therapy counseling course: A quasi-experimental investigation. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 11(1), Art. 10. DOI: 10.20429/ijsotl.2017.110110

Dillman Taylor, D., Blount, A. J., & Bloom, Z. (2017). Examination of student outcomes in play therapy: A qualitative case study design. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 11(1), Art. 11. DOI: 10.20429/ijsotl.2017.110111

Blount, A. J., Dillman Taylor, D., Lambie, G., & Anwell, A. N. (2016). Clinical supervisors’ perceptions of wellness: A phenomenological view on supervisee wellness. The Professional Counselor, 6(4), 360-374. DOI:10.15241/ab.6.4.360

Current Funded Projects

Barden, S., Principal Investigator, Dillman Taylor, D., Co-Principal Investigator, Young, M.E., Co-Principal Investigator (2015-2020). Project Harmony (90FM0078-01-00). Department of Heath and Human Services: Office of Family Assistance. $9,627,622.00.

Professional Organizations

  • Association for Child and Adolescent Counseling, 2014-present
  • Association for Assessment in Counseling and Education, 2011-present
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, 2010-present
  • Southern Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, 2010-present
  • American Counseling Association, 2009-present
  • Association for Play Therapy, 2009-present