Matthew Taylor is a Research Scientist for the Patient Safety Authority (PSA). He is responsible for helping improve patient safety in Pennsylvania by conducting research, which includes collecting, analyzing, and synthesizing data to identify concerns and trends related to patient safety. Research findings are disseminated through peer-reviewed manuscripts, and the data are used to develop solutions for safety issues. Taylor is also involved in development of tools and materials that are designed to help facilities and clinicians improve patient safety.
In 2010, Taylor earned a doctorate in psychology. During 2010–16, he had a fellowship position at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, where he conducted behavioral research on topics related to health and safety. Thereafter, Taylor had a two-year patient safety fellowship at VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System and then he was a scientific writer and research specialist at the University of Pittsburgh School of Pharmacy. Through these positions, Taylor acquired a range of data analysis and research experience on numerous topics, including patient safety, public health, employee training, process efficiency, human factors, and workplace culture/climate.
Taylor holds the following degrees in psychology: Bachelor of Science (Western Michigan University), Master of Arts (Queens College), and doctorate (Graduate Center, City University of New York). Throughout his studies, he had a concentration in behavior change interventions and organizational management.