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Shelley Kathleen Taylor University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Shelley E. Taylor, Ph.D. is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her research examines the psychological and social origins and moderators of psychological and biological responses to stress and their health consequences. She focuses especially on socioemotional resources, including optimism, mastery, self-esteem, and social support, and the genetic, early environmental, and neural bases of these resources. Professor Taylor also studies how positive illusions can be protective of mental and physical health. Professor Taylor received her Ph.D. from Yale University. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her work is published in a broad array of psychological and biologically-oriented journals.