Dr. Lindsay Taliaferro received her Ph.D. in Health Behavior from the University of Florida in 2009. She then completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Healthy Youth Development -Prevention Research Center, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Taliaferro is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Her research focuses on understanding and preventing non-suicidal self-injury and suicidality among young people, as well as promoting healthy youth development.

The UCF College of Medicine welcomed Dr. Taliaferro as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in July of 2016. Dr. Taliaferro is a member of the Population Health Department. Her primary role focuses on Population Health research with an emphasis on suicidality and self-injury. Dr. Taliaferro also maintains a focus on assisting in the implementation of interprofessional education programs for these topics. Before joining UCF, Dr. Taliaferro taught introductory research methods and public health courses at the University of Missouri, as well as health promotion program planning and evaluation, epidemiology, and health science courses at the University of Tampa. She was awarded an Outstanding Scholar Award from the University of Tampa. Dr. Taliaferro is also a recipient of the National Institutes of Health Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Program Award by the National Institute of Mental Health.

Lindsay Taliaferro is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Association of Suicidology, International Society for the Study of Self-Injury, and Society for Public Health Education. She has volunteered her time and expertise at different crisis centers and suicide prevention coalitions. She has presented her research at numerous national, international, and local conferences, and published scholarly articles in a variety of peer-reviewed scientific journals.

Recent Publications

Peer reviewed articles

  1. Thullen MJ, Taliaferro LA, Muehlenkamp JJ. Suicide ideation and attempts among adolescents engaged in risk behaviors: a latent class analysis. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 2015; doi: 10.1111/jora.12199
  2. Taliaferro LA, Muehlenkamp JJ. Factors associated with current versus lifetime self-injury among high school and college students. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 2015; 45(1): 84-97.
  3. Taliaferro LA, Muehlenkamp JJ. Risk factors associated with self-injurious behavior among a national sample of undergraduate college students. Journal of American College Health, 2015; 63(1): 40-48.
  4. Taliaferro LA, Muehlenkamp JJ. Risk and protective factors that differentiate adolescents who attempt suicide from those who only consider suicide in the past year. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 2014; 44(1): 6-22.
  5. Taliaferro LA, Muehlenkamp JJ, Hetler J, Edwall G, Wright C, Edwards A, Borowsky IW. Nonsuicidal self-injury among adolescents: a training priority for primary care providers. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 2013; 43(3):250-261.
  6. Borowsky IW, Taliaferro LA, McMorris BJ. Suicidal thinking and behavior among youth involved in verbal and social bullying: risk and protective factors. Journal of Adolescent Health, 2013; 53:S4-S12.
  7. Taliaferro LA, Hetler J, Edwall G, Wright C, Edwards A, Borowsky IW. Depression screening and management among adolescents in primary care: factors associated with best practice. Clinical Pediatrics, 2013; 52(6):557-567.
  8. Taliaferro LA, Oberstar JV, Borowsky IW. Prevention of youth suicide: the role of the primary care physician. Journal of Clinical Outcomes Management, 2012; 19(6):270-285.
  9. Taliaferro LA, Borowsky IW. Beyond prevention: promoting healthy youth development in primary care. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 2012; 42(6S2):S117-S121.
  10. Taliaferro LA, Muehlenkamp JJ, Borowsky IW, McMorris BJ, Kugler KC. Factors distinguishing youth who report self-injurious behavior: a population-based sample. Academic Pediatrics, 2012; 12(3):205-213.
  11. Taliaferro LA, Borowsky IW. Physician education: a promising strategy to prevent adolescent suicide. Academic Medicine, 2011; 86(3):342-347.