Interim Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Renee Taylor, Professor of Occupational Therapy, has agreed to serve as Interim Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, effective August 16, 2012, while a search is conducted for the position. This appointment follows the announcement that Mo-Yin Tam, who has served as Vice Provost for five years, will return to faculty duties in the Department of Economics this August.
A clinical-community psychologist, Dr. Taylor joined the UIC faculty as an Associate Professor in 2001. In 2006, she was promoted to Professor and was subsequently appointed Co-director of Graduate Studies for the Ph.D. Program in Kinesiology, Human Nutrition, and Rehabilitation Sciences. In 2010, she became the Director of the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) Clearinghouse at UIC, an international hub of research, scholarship, and cross-disciplinary collaboration involving the most evidence-based and widely-cited conceptual practice model in the field of occupational therapy. Dr. Taylor also served as co-director of the campus Promotion and Tenure Committee in 2009.
Dr. Taylor has received over $5 million in research grant funding and has served on a range of federal and international grant review panels, all on issues related to chronic fatigue syndrome. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles and five books involving topics related to chronic fatigue syndrome, research methodologies, and patient-provider relationships. Dr. Taylor recently completed two NIH-funded R01 studies of post-infectious fatigue following Epstein-Barr virus infection, and she has initiated a second line of research on the role of patient-provider relationships in rehabilitation and healthcare. This work led to the development of a conceptual practice model for the field of Occupational Therapy, the Intentional Relationship Model (IRM), which has been adopted by a growing number of occupational therapy programs worldwide.
In 2008 Dr. Taylor received the Professor of the Year award from the College of Applied Health Sciences, and in 2010 she received the UIC Teaching Recognition Program Award. From 2004-2005, Dr. Taylor was one of 34 internationally-recognized multi-disciplinary scientists invited to a series of meetings co-sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control at the renowned Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories in New York. Dr. Taylor was an invited speaker and key author on three high-impact publications that emerged from these meetings. From 1998-2006, Dr. Taylor also maintained a private practice as a psychotherapist, specializing in psychosocial adjustment to chronic illness.