Taylor Lensch

Taylor Lensch, Ph.D., MPH

Ph.D. Alumnus - Epidemiology


Research interests 

The main focus of my research is to study how childhood adversity influences health and risk behaviors among youth. I am particularly interested in how positive factors, such as resilience and assets, can buffer the negative influence of childhood adversity.

Faculty mentors

  • Dr. Kristen Clements-Nolle
  • Dr. Wei Yang
  • Dr. Roy Oman
  • Dr. Minggen Lu


  • Outstanding Community Service Award Finalist, School of Community Health Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Graduate Dean’s Merit Scholar, University of Nevada, Reno
  • Public Health Doctoral Student of the Year, School of Community Health Sciences, University of Nevada, Reno

Selected presentations and publications

Lensch T, Clements-Nolle K, Oman RF, Lu M. A longitudinal study of the protective influence of youth assets on juvenile arrest. JPublic Health.2019. E-pub ahead of print.

Lensch T, Clements-Nolle K, Oman RF, Lu M. The prospective impact of individual, family, and community youth assets on adolescent suicide ideation. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2019;73(3): 219-224.

Clements-Nolle K, Lensch T, Yang Y, Martin H, Peek J, Yang W. Attempted suicide among adolescents in military families: The mediating role of adverse childhood experiences. J Interpers Violence. 2020. E-pub ahead of print.


2020, Ph.D. in Public Health with specialization in Epidemiology, University of Nevada, Reno

2016, MPH, University of Nevada, Reno

2014, B.S. in Biology, University of Nevada, Reno