Julia V. Taylor, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Virginia. Prior to academia, Julia worked as secondary school counselor in Wake County, North Carolina. During this time, her research was focused on body image, media literacy, relational aggression, and girls' leadership development. In turn, Julia authored The Body Image Workbook for Teens, The Bullying Workbook for Teens, Salvaging Sisterhood, G.I.R.L.S: Group Counseling Activities for Enhancing Social and Emotional Development, and a children's book, Perfectly You. She frequently presents these topics to parents, educators, and school mental health providers.

At UVA, Julia teaches in the Counselor Education Program and is the Co-Director for the Virginia Partnership for School Mental Health. The VPSMH is a statewide collaborative effort with the Virginia Department of Education aimed to improve evidence-based practices of school mental health professionals. Julia's research, service, and advocacy efforts focus on effective data-based decision making, mental health service delivery, and equity issues concerning the preparation, implementation, and evaluation of comprehensive school counseling programs.