Dr. Jim Taylor is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco. His specialty is the psychology of business, sport, and parenting. Jim has been a consultant to and has provided individual and group training to executives and businesses. Jim has been a consultant to the United States and Japanese Ski Teams, the United States Tennis Association, and USA Triathlon, has been an invited speaker by the Olympic committees of the U.S., Spain, France, and Poland. He has worked with professional and Olympic athletes in tennis, skiing, triathlon, football, baseball, cycling, golf, and many other sports.
Jim speaks regularly to elementary and secondary schools, youth-sports programs, and performing-arts organizations around the country.
Jim received his Bachelor's degree from Middlebury College and earned his Master's degree and Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Colorado. He is a former Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at Nova University in Ft. Lauderdale. Jim is currently an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco and the Wright Institute in Berkeley.
A former U.S. top-20 ranked alpine ski racer who competed internationally, Jim is certified tennis teaching professional, a 2nd degree black belt and certified instructor in karate, a marathon runner, and an Ironman triathlete.
Jim is the author of 12 books including Positive Pushing: How to Raise a Successful and Happy Child (Hyperion, 2003), Your Children are Under Attack: How Popular Culture is Destroying Your Kids' Values, and How You Can Protect Them (SourceBooks, 2005), The Triathlete's Guide to Mental Training (VeloPress, 2005), Prime Sport: Triumph of the Athlete's Mind (iUniverse, 2002), Applying Sport Psychology (lead editor, Human Kinetics, 2005), and Your Children are Listening: Nine Messages They Need to Hear From You (The Experiment Publishing, 2011).
He has published more than 700 articles in scholarly and popular publications, and has given more than 1000 workshops and presentations throughout North America, Europe, and the Middle East.
Jim blogs on a variety of topics, including education, politics, popular culture, parenting, sports, business, and technology for psychologytoday.com, huffingtonpost.com, sfgate.com (San Francisco Chronicle's web site) fastcompany.com, seattlepi.com, the Hearst Interactive Media group, as well as on his own web site.
Jim has appeared on NBC's Today Show, ABC's World News This Weekend, Fox News Channel, and major television network affiliates around the U.S. He has participated in many radio shows. He has been interviewed for articles that have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The New York Daily News, The London Telegraph, The Chicago Tribune, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Outside, Men's Health, Runners' World, The Miami Herald, The Baltimore Sun, The Denver Post, and many other newspapers and magazines.
The goal of The Power of Prime is to be "disruptive." I want to look at issues in ways that upset the conventional wisdom. My hope is to initiate a conversation with readers that will offer new knowledge, perspectives, and insights that will challenge and extend the intellectual marketplace. Always entertaining, frequently thought provoking, sometimes controversial, and occasionally outrageous, I want The Power of Prime to be a place for readers to go where, after reading my posts, will say, "Mmmm, that was interesting."