Helen Taylor Yates: Ph.D., MSW,  Assistant Professor

Helen Yates

Helen Taylor Yates is a graduate of the UNCW BSW program in (2000) with a focus on strengths-oriented and solution-focused methods in direct practice social work. She received her MSW from the University of Georgia in 2001 and her PhD in social work at UGA in 2019.  Taylor is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and has worked in community mental health, private non-profits and public health settings.  She has experience providing strengths-based counseling and case management approaches, and has helped clients reach wellness goals, improve parent-child relationships and recover from abuse and domestic violence.  Most recently, Taylor was the Clinical Supervisor at Live Forward, Inc., a non-profit agency serving individuals and families affected by HIV and other chronic illnesses.  Taylor’s research interests include understanding social determinants of health as they relate to women and chronic illness. She is specifically exploring the effects of care responsibilities as both protective and prohibitive factors of women’s wellness outcomes.  Her recent research projects include developing and evaluating behavioral interventions for women living with HIV including the Solution Focused Wellness for HIV Intervention for Women-a manualized group counseling method. This research was funded by a research award grant from the Solution Focused Brief Therapy Association (SFBTA). Taylor has published four articles in both social work and public health journals, and is a member of SFBTA and the Society for Social Work and Research.

Research areas

  • Women's Health
  • Chronic Illness
  • Solution Focused Wellness for HIV Intervention