Dr. Jacquelyn Taylor, Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion

Jacquelyn Taylor, PhD, PNP-BC, RN, FAHA, FAAN

Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion
Associate Professor of Nursing

400 West Campus Drive, Room 22005, Orange, CT 06477
Phone: 203-737-2364

Jacquelyn Taylor is a Tenured Associate Professor in the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty at the Yale School of Nursing.  Dr. Taylor was appointed the inaugural Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at YSN in December 2015.  As Associate Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Dr. Taylor will strengthen YSN’s academic enterprise, improve institutional structures and practices, and enhance representations of diversity in the community.  Her role focuses on diverse faculty recruitment and retention and 25% of her time (1.25 days per week) is dedicated to this role. 

Dr. Taylor’s undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees in nursing are from Wayne State University College of Nursing in Detroit Michigan. She is prepared as both a pediatric nurse practitioner and a school nurse practitioner. She holds a certificate in molecular genetics from Georgetown University and has completed additional coursework in cardiovascular epidemiology at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Dr. Taylor also completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Urban Health of Older Populations at the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University in Detroit. Prior to coming to Yale, Jacquelyn Taylor served as a faculty member and coordinator of the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Dr. Taylor’s research has been consistently funded via University [University of Michigan Office of the Provost and School of Nursing Pilot Award], Foundation [Robert Wood Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars], and Federal sources [P20 and P30 pilots, K12 award, and an R01] all as PI.

Heather Reynolds, YSN Minority Student Coordinator

Heather Reynolds, MSN, CNM, FACNM

YSN Minority Student Coordinator
Lecturer in Nursing

400 West Campus Drive, Room 10306, Orange, CT 06477
Phone: 203-737-2370

Heather Reynolds, CNM, MSN is a recently retired Associate Professor of Nursing in the Nurse-Midwifery Specialty Program at Yale School of Nursing (YSN), but continues to serve as a Lecturer in Nursing. Heather also serves as the YSN Minority Student Coordinator at the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.  She was appointed to this role in the 2015-2016 academic year and as YSN Minority Student Coordinator, she focuses on minority student education and recruitment and 20% of her time (1 day per week) is dedicated to this role.

Heather first entered Yale’s door as a nursing student with a degree from Boston University in psychology and a background in Child development and social work. She graduated with her Masters in Nursing from Yale in 1980. She practices in the Women’s Center at Yale New Haven Hospital, where she provides a broad spectrum of ambulatory services to the women there.

Heather started her career as a nurse educator when she joined the faculty at the University of Colorado Nurse-Midwifery Program in 1983. She returned to Yale in 1986. From 1988-2002 she served as director of the nurse-midwifery practice at Yale-New Haven.

In addition, Heather has used her commitment in matters of health service planning and policy development to advance the care for underserved populations. She has served as a Nurse Consultant in the Health Resources and Services Administration, Division of Nursing. There she speaks with the wisdom gained from her role as a midwife caring for (count them) two generations of young women having their babies at Yale-New Haven Hospital. They love to see her too, and are willing to wait for hours for a visit when her schedule is double and triple booked with patients who refuse to see anyone else.

Heather is a scholar and a frequent participant in forward-looking clinical research projects. She has studied and written about breastfeeding, midwifery service administration, group prenatal care, adolescent health care and adolescent risk reduction. Her contribution and leadership has been recognized by many: she was selected by Connecticut Nurse’s Association (CNA) to receive the 2014 Florence S. Wald Award for Outstanding Contribution to Nursing Practice and she was a Primary Care Policy Fellow of the U.S. Public Health Service. Her other awards include being a Yale School of Nursing Distinguished Alumna and she is a Fellow of the American College of Nurse-Midwives.

Ashley Elusma

Ashley Elusma, BS

Student Assistant

400 West Campus Drive, Orange, CT 06477 

Ashley Elusma graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with her bachelor’s degree in Public Health in May 2017. When Ashley isn’t at school or working with the YSN Office of Diversity and Inclusion or the lovely research assistants at InterGEN, you can find her at home, lying on the couch binge watching T.V. shows on Netflix. Ashley also enjoys helping others and to this end, she was recently accepted to the Yale School of Nursing Graduate Entry Prespecialty in Nursing (GEPN) program, where she will be begin her studies in fall 2017.  Ashley hopes to become a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner.