Dr. Lorraine C. Taylor has been Executive Director of the Juvenile Justice Institute (JJI) at North Carolina Central University since July, 2016. Trained as a Developmental Psychologist, she has nearly 20 years of experience as a researcher, faculty member, and program developer. She earned her undergraduate degree from Howard University in Washington, DC, and completed a Masters and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. Guided by an Ecological Systems framework, her work focuses on how institutional, community, family, and individual-level risk and protective factors operate in shaping outcomes for marginalized, underrepresented youth. She has served on the faculty at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and the University of South Carolina, Columbia. She has worked as a Senior Research Associate in a private Research and Development firm and also directed a Collective Impact inspired community initiative focused on “opportunity youth,” bringing together community stakeholders from local community-based organizations, the non-profit sector, and local government. She has published her research findings in peer-reviewed journal and continues to conduct research on justice-involved youth, supports for transition-aged youth, and promoting positive outcomes for low-income and youth of color. Dr. Taylor’s diverse research background and strong interdisciplinary experience will be useful in building relationships between JJI and other departments on campus at NCCU, as well as fostering collaborations with regional, state, and national partners in the broader JJI community.