Holly Taylor, PhD, MPH

PhD Program Director; Core Faculty; Associate Professor


1809 Ashland Avenue
Room 205
Baltimore, MD 21205
  • PhD Program Director
    Core Faculty
    Berman Institute of Bioethics
  • Associate Professor
    Dept. of Health Policy and Management, Bloomberg School of Public Health

Holly A. Taylor, PhD, MPH is a Core Faculty member of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and Associate Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management (HPM), Bloomberg School of Public Health.   Dr. Taylor is trained as a social scientist and uses both qualitative and quantitative methods to explore topics in the ethics of human subject research and ethical considerations in public health approaches to infectious disease.

Dr. Taylor is currently working on projects on informed consent and central IRBs as well as projects related to the willingness of local health department staff to respond during an emergency and MDR-TB in Southern Africa.  In the past she has worked on the recruitment of women, minorities and children in clinical research, the delivery of ancillary care to those participating in public health research and the role of the study partner in the conduct of research with patients with dementia.

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Dr. Taylor has served on the Institutional Review Boards (IRB) of the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine as well as IRBs in the public and private sector.  She is the Director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research – Research Ethics Consultation Service.  Dr. Taylor is the Director of the PhD Program in Bioethics and Health Policy in HPM, leads the Bioethics and Public Health Policy Certificate Program and teaches a course – Ethical Issues in Health Policy:  Public Health and Health Care.

Dr. Taylor received her BA from Stanford University, her MPH from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan and her PhD in health policy with a concentration in bioethics from the Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University.

Before pursuing her doctoral degree, Dr. Taylor was selected as a Presidential Management Intern in the Department of Health and Human Services and spent two years rotating through AIDS related policy positions at the National AIDS Program Office, National Commission on AIDS, the San Mateo County Health Department and the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources.  After completing her internship, Dr. Taylor spent two years as Special Assistant to the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health.

Research Interests

  • Qualitative and quantitative methods to explore topics in the ethics of human subject research
  • Ethical considerations in public health approaches to infectious disease



  • PhD, Health Policy with a concentration in bioethics, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • MPH, University of Michigan
  • BA, Stanford University

Recent Publications

Taylor H. Review and Conduct of Human Subjects Research after a Natural or Manmade Disaster: Findings from a Pilot Study. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics 2016; 6(3): TBA.

Black BS, Taylor HA, Rabins PV, Karlawish J. Study Partners Perform Essential Tasks in Dementia Research and Can Experience Burdens and Benefits in This Role. Dementia: The International Journal of Social Research and Practice; 2016 May 13. pii: 1471301216648796. [Epub ahead of print] (PMC Pending).

Ervin, AM, Taylor HA, Meinert CL, Earhardt S. Evidence Gaps and Ethical Review of Multicenter Trials. Science; 2015; 350(6261): 632-33 (PMC4832919).

Cho M, Taylor HA, McCormick JB, Barnard D, Boyle M, Capron A, Dorfman L, Havard M, Reider C, Sandler J, Schwartz P, Anderson N, Danis M, Sharp R, Wilfond, B. Building a Central Repository for Research Ethics Consultation Data: A Proposal for a Standard Data Collection ToolClinical and Translational Science; 2015;8(4):376-87 (PMC Pending).

Sharp RR, Taylor HA, Brinich MA, Boyle MM, Cho M, Coors M, Danis M, Havard M, Magnus D, Wilfond B. Research Ethics Consultation: Ethical and Professional Practice Challenges and Recommendations Academic Medicine; 2015; 90(5):615-20 (PMC#4414686).

Rutkow L, Taylor HA, Gable L. Emergency Preparedness and Response for Disabled Individuals: Implications of Recent Litigation. Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics; 2015;43 Suppl 1:91-4.

Kass N, Taylor HA, Ali J, Hallez K. A Pilot Study of Simple Interventions to Improve Informed Consent in Clinical Research:  Feasibility, Approach, and Results. Clinical Trials; 2015; (12)1: 54-66 (PMC#4344898).

Shah SK, Persaud D, Wendler DS, Taylor HA, Gay H, Kruger M, Grady C. Research on a Cure for HIV in Neonates: The Need For Ethical Foresight. Lancet: Infectious Disease; 2014; 14(9):893-8 (PMC#4347665).

Black B, Taylor HA, Rabins, P Karlawish J. Researchers’ Perspectives on the Role of Study Partners in Dementia Research International Psychogeriatrics; 2014; 26(10):1649-57 (PMC#4349344).

Taylor HA, Rutkow L, Barnett D. 2014. Local Health Department Workforce Willingness to Respond to Infectious Disease Events: Empirical, Ethical and Legal Considerations, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism; 2014; 12(4):178-85 (PMC#4106374)