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Darlene Taylor

Darlene Taylor

Adjunct Professor, RN, BSN, MSc, PhD


Dr. Darlene Taylor is the Research Program Manager for Clinical Prevention Services at BCCDC and the Women’s Health Research Institute. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor at the School of Population and Public Health at UBC where she teaches a course on Methods for Systematic Reviews in Health Research. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at the University of Victoria , her Master’s of Science in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of British Columbia and her PhD from UBC’s School of Population and Public Health . She has developed expertise in evaluating public health interventions for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, particularly among individuals who misuse substances, men who have sex with men and other marginalized populations. She has also conducted several systematic reviews related to sexual health.

Dr. Taylor main research interest includes assessment of capacity to consent for health care among individuals who misuse substances and who are homeless or unstably housed. She has developed a psychometric instrument to assist nurses determine if their clients have capacity to consent for the care they are being offered. Her master’s research involved evaluating the impact of HIV reporting by comparing the time from HIV infection to diagnosis using a sensitive/less sensitive testing algorithm. She has also developed a instrument aimed at assisting clinicians counseling their clients about the probability of a false negative HIV test when testing during the window period.