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Professor Eli



OspreyPERCH:  Prevention, Early Intervention & Resiliency through Counseling and Holistic Health, Program Author/Coordinator/Co-Principal Investigator.

Received internal Academic/Student Affairs funding for pilot implementation ($37,000) for 2019/2020 and for the generation of a permanent Clinical Assistant Professorship to support UNF campus wide mental health post pilot beginning in academic year 2020/2021.

Designed and spearheaded the development efforts for OspreyPERCH and encompassing research projects. OspreyPERCH provides community mental health continuum components that both enhance and support UNF’s existing Counseling Center and Student Health Services.

Implemented program components and coordinated team management, and processes surrounding PERCH’s development. As of March 2020, providing clinical supervision to the graduate student interns and coordinating the development of outcomes study while collaborating on other research efforts. Provided all subject matter content for programs policies, procedures, guidelines, and web site content.

Also served in the following collateral roles that intersect with PERCH:

  • Team member of UNF-SOS Committee
  • Developing UNF’s Dedicated Visiting Animal Assisted Intervention Team
  • Proposed UNF Brooks College Scholars with Collars
    Resident “Faculty” Dog Program
  • Lead Spirituality and Health Experiences, Jacksonville Campus Ministry
  • Developed Food as Medicine/Pilgrims Bridge Study Abroad
    Nutrition and Dietetics and Jacksonville Campus Ministry Italy Study Abroad. $25,000 Donor Funded Initiative (Postponed and Funding Continued through June 2021)


Nemours Children’s Specialty Clinic–Co-investigator in this Implementation Science Research Project to Implement AAT in a multi-specialty children’s healthcare system..

  • Donor funded project-$22,000 for year one, with option to continue for 2 years
  • Assist Nemours in the development of an integrated AAT program through their Psychological Services Department
  • Teach AAT-C classes to Nemours in an individualized group setting tailored to meet their needs
  • Monthly research meeting and monthly implementation team meeting
  • Six professional students enrolled in AAT-C classes in 2019-2020
  • Clinical supervision to be provided to the implementers in years 2020-2022
  • Plan to begin pilot services in Fall 2020 following AAT-C Certificate Completion



Stewart, L. Taylor, C. and Johnson, A., (in process). Animal-assisted crisis response: Considerations for professional practice.



Stewart, L., Johnson, A., Taylor, C. Bruneau, L., Couch, C., et. al., (2019). Position statement on emotional support animals. Human-Animal Interactions in Counseling Interest Network of the American Counseling Association, Alexandria, VA.

Taylor, C. (2018). Combing through ADHD symptoms with mindfulness meditation and grooming. In Trotter, K. and Baggerly, J. (2018). Equine assisted therapy activities for counselors: Harnessing solutions to common problems. NY: NY, Taylor and Francis.


Ed. D. Dissertation

Taylor, C. (2012, June). AQHA -PATH Intl- Colorado State University therapeutic horsemanship industry summit program evaluation. (Doctoral Dissertation, defended 12/2011), Argosy University, Phoenix, AZ.


Professional Manuals

Taylor, C. (2012). Everyone gets along in the barnyard: Farm based animal-assisted therapy curriculum for social skill development in children. LightHorse Healthcare, Inc., St. Mary' s, GA. (self-published)

Taylor, C. (2010). Spirit horse journey: Equine facilitated mental health psycho­ education curriculum. LightHorse Healthcare, Inc., St. Marys, GA. (self­ published)

Taylor, C. (2008). Cisco's gift: The gift of healing through horsemanship- Professional training manual for intensive professional workshop. Running Horse Farm, Warm Springs, GA. (self-published)



Taylor, C. (2019, December). Preparing for a new decade: Understanding AAT-C and the ethical considerations for counselors. Association for Creativity in Counseling 2019 Annual Conference, Pre-Conference, Clearwater, FL.

Bruneau, L., Johnson, A. and Taylor, C. (2018, September). Introducing the ACA human-animal interactions in counseling interest network:  Mission, vision, values and goals.  Association for Creativity in Counseling 2018 Annual Conference, Clearwater, FL.

Gill, C., Crews, T. and Taylor, C. (2015, May). Clinical supervision models and practices. Chord of Three CPCS Training Series sponsored by the Georgia Licensed Professional Counseling Association, Waycross, GA.

Taylor, C. (2013, June). Trauma informed care in domestic violence shelter services. Camden House, Inc. Annual Staff and Board Development Retreat, Kingsland, GA.

Taylor, C. (2013, June). Non-profit board roles and responsibilities. Camden House, Inc. Annual Staff and Board Development Retreat.

Taylor, C. (2013, November) Six pillars of behavior modification for emotional and moral development for youth in residential care. Annual Staff Training Retreat, Farm of the Child, Trujillo, Honduras.

Taylor, C. (2012, March). Elephants in the round pen: Unspoken roadblocks to sustainability in the therapeutic horsemanship industry. Professional report and presentation based upon dissertation research findings for the American Quarter Horse Association Annual Convention, Dallas, TX.

Taylor, C. (2012, May). Sexual safety in residential childcare institutions. Social Services Conference of Honduras, Farm of the Child, Trujillo, Honduras.

Taylor, C. (2011, June). More on incorporating the power of the horse into outpatient psychotherapy: Post conference experiential workshop. Regional Workshop for the Licensed Professional Counseling Association, Big Bear Farm, Pine Mountain, GA.

Taylor, C. (2011, May). Private practice management in equine facilitated psychotherapy. AQHA, PATH Intl., Colorado State Therapeutic Horsemanship Industry Summit, Ft. Collins, CO.

Taylor, C. and McCue, M. (2009, March). The way of the horse: An introduction to equine facilitated psychotherapy. Georgia Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy Association Regional Conference, St. Marys, GA.

Taylor, C. (2009, May). Crisis Intervention in Camden County: Current Conditions. NAMI Crisis Intervention Class, St. Marys Police Department, St. Marys, GA.

Taylor, C. (2008, July). Crisis intervention in Camden County: A overview of the needs and challenges in the local community.  NAMI Crisis Intervention Class, St. Marys Police Department, St. Marys, GA.

Taylor, C. (2007, March). Therapeutic horsemanship: An alternative for the unwanted horse. Pre-conference presentation for the Annual Convention of the American Quarter Horse Association, St. Louis, MO.



Johnson, A., Stewart, L. & Taylor, C. (2020, October). Applying the one welfare model in the promotion of animal-assisted interventions. Annual Conference of the European Branch of the American Counseling Association, Synchronous Remote Due to COVID-19

Taylor, C. (2018, September). Movement-based contemplative practices for emotional regulation. Annual Conference of the Association for Creativity in Counseling, Clearwater FL.

Taylor, C. (2017, May). Foundations in clinical supervision. Annual Conference of the Georgia Licensed Professional Counseling Association, Savannah, GA.

Taylor, C. and Roth, L., (2013, June). Counseling military families: What counselors and supervisors need to know now. Annual Conference of the Georgia Licensed Professional Counseling Association, Savannah, GA.

Taylor, C. (2011, May). Incorporating the power of the horse into the outpatient psychotherapy practice. Annual Conference of the Georgia Licensed Professional Counseling Association, Savannah, GA.

Taylor, C. and Gamer, C. (2002, February). Developing the cooperative partnership between therapists and therapeutic riding instructors. Horsepower Conference, Temple, NH.

Taylor, C. (2001, May). Equine facilitated psychotherapy: A new and innovative approach to treatment of children in residential care. Annual Conference of the Georgia Licensed Professional Counseling Association, Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA.

Taylor, C. (2001, February). Ethical billing practices for equine facilitated psychotherapy. Horsepower Conference, Temple, NH.

Taylor, C. (1998, January). Effective use of Julia Cameron's artist’s way: A creative tool in psychotherapy. Journey into Wholeness, Winter Conference, Hendersonville, NC.

Taylor, C. (1998, April). Clinical supervision models in the residential childcare setting. Spring Conference of the Georgia Associations of Homes and Services to Children, Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA.



Bruneau, L., Stewart, L., Taylor, C. and Couch, C. (2019). Human-animal interactions in counseling interest network: Mission and vision. American Counseling Association 2019 Conference and Expo in New Orleans, LA, March 28-31, 2019.



Taylor, C. and Garner, C. (2008, October). Cisco's gift: The gift of healing through horsemanship. Professional Intensive Workshop presented at Running Horse Farm, Warm Springs, GA.



The Integration of Spirituality, Creativity, Animals and Nature in Healthcare is my primary area of research interest. As a scholar practitioner, I am particularly curious about authentic application and study in a ‘living laboratory’ setting of real-life practice. The Implementation Science approach to program development and research is best suited for my particular line of inquiry.

According to Peters, Tran and Adam (2013), Implementation Science is promoted by the World Health Organization as a preferred means to expand new evidence-based practices into healthcare and education organizations. These institutions are often slow to integrate new knowledge due to organizational barriers to change. The authors describe the implementation science approach as a framework that utilizes “a wide range of approaches” and works to “align research with need and ensuring quality” (p.10).

In personal application, my approach to Implementation Science values high level collaboration of primary stake holders and community partners. Demonstrated alliance and synergy in community is followed by organizational consulting to implement new programs/practices based on novel and emerging evidence-based interventions blended into existing systems. The initial research product is often a mixed-method program evaluation in order to explore the impact of intervention. It is my passion to use this approach to further the incorporation of the expressive arts, creativity, creative thinking, the human-animal bond through Animal-Assisted Interventions and Nature-based Therapeutics in healthcare and education across disciplines to measure the impact on patient/student outcomes and provider stress.

Peters, D., Tran, N., and Adam, T. (2013). Implementation research in health: A practical guide. Geneva, Switzerland:  Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, World Health Organization.



Taylor C. (2020) $22,000. Nemours ADAPT Program Implementation Science Research Project. Nemours Foundation Gift to Support AAI at the UNF Brooks College of Health, Jacksonville, FL.

Taylor, C. (2015) $5,000. Implementation of an Animal Assisted Therapy Social Skills Group for Children. Plumb Creek Foundation, Seattle, WA

Taylor, C. (2014). $75,000. Expansion of psychiatric services to a high need community through recruitment of a Psychiatric APRN. St. Mary’s United Methodist Foundation, St. Mary’s, GA

Tayor, C. & Roth, L. (2012).  $100,000. Community Crisis Assessment Services providing on-call coverage for the Camden County, Georgia Emergency Department & research efficacy of having Professional Counselors in Emergency Departments. Southeast Georgia Health System, Brunswick, GA

Taylor, C., Crow, P. & Kerr, B. (1996). $50,000. MorningStar Baptist Treatment Services — In-home family therapy expansion in West Georgia Area. Georgia Department of Human Resources, Atlanta, GA

Taylor, C. (1994). $25,000. Operation C.A.R.R.O.T Children at Risk Reaching Out Together — Georgia Department of Human Resources, Atlanta, GA



Graduate Certificate in Animal Assisted Therapy in Counseling (3 courses)*

HSC 4931 & HSC 6601 Animal Assisted Interventions in Healthcare*

MHS 5493  Expressive Arts & Creativity in Counseling*

MHS 6444 Animal Assisted Therapy: Theory & Practice*

MHS 6510 Group Counseling

MHS 6401 CMHC in Community Settings

MHS 6486 Human Development Across the Life Span