Ty-Juana Taylor

Meet Dr. Ty-Juana Taylor who joined the GrateFULL Mind team in August 2022. 

Born and raised in the small town of Smiths Grove, Kentucky, she knows the value of community, the power of advocacy, and the importance of valuing the marginalized. 

Ty-Juana is a Ph.D. graduate from the University of California, Los Angeles in ethnomusicology, she specialized in African and African American music and culture. During her studies she spent many summers doing research in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

Ty-Juana has a passion for working with people of color, especially the African American experience in the West.



Bachelors University of Louisville, Music History
Masters, UCLA, Ethnomusicology

Ph.D., UCLA, Ethnomusicology

Masters, UCLA, Social Welfare



Children's Social Worker, DCFS, Los Angeles County

Therapist, Humansave, Victims of Sex Trafficking, Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children

Manager of Development/ Advisory Board Member, LA City Kids School

Lecturer Pomona College, California

K-12 Substitute Teacher

Teaching Assistant/Associate/ Fellow, UCLA, Department of Ethnomusicology


AreAs of foCUS

Depression/Anxiety/Mood Disorders

Parent Child Relationship

Cultural & Racial Trauma

Domestic Violence

Childhood Abuse & Trauma

Victims of Sexual Abuse & Trauma