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Peter J. Taylor, PhD

University Of Massachusetts - Boston

University Of Massachusetts - Boston
Phone: (617) 287-7636
Fax: (617) 287-7656

Peter J. Taylor, PhD

University Of Massachusetts - Boston


  • Professor, Graduate College of Education, University Of Massachusetts - Boston
  • Program Director, Science in a Changing World graduate track, University Of Massachusetts - Boston


Research Abstract

My research brings perspectives from the social studies of science and critical analysis of quantitative methods to bear on the scientific and policy/practice dimensions of:

1. Combining multi-level and life-course social epidemiology.

2. Contributing to discussions of potential constraints on social epidemiology.

3. Responding to constraints through an “agent-oriented” focus.

4. Facilitating two-way interaction between multi-level, life-course social epidemiology and people engaged in reorganizing their lives and communities in response to social changes.


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  • Taylor PJ. A gene-free formulation of classical quantitative genetics used to examine results and interpretations under three standard assumptions. Acta Biotheor. 2012. PubMed
  • Taylor PJ. Nothing reliable about genes or environment: new perspectives on analysis of similarity among relatives in light of the possibility of underlying heterogeneity. Stud Hist Philos Biol Biomed Sci 2009; 40:210-20. PubMed
  • Taylor P. Heritability and heterogeneity: The irrelevance of heritability in explaining differences between means for different human groups or generations Biological Theory 2006; 1:392-401.
  • Taylor, P. The unreliability of high human heritability estimates and small shared effects of growing up in the same family 2007; 2:387-397.