Loren Taylor, M.S.


Education: Bachelor of Science in family studies (May 2016)

Master of Science in family studies and human services from Kansas State University

Currently pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in family studies and human services with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy at Kansas State University

McNair Project: Relevate: The Relationship Education App for Young Adults (2015)

Mentor: Amber Vennum, Ph.D.

This study was conducted to see what people would want in a relationship education app. We used two survey samples: one using University students, and the other using emerging adults, not in school and without a degree. The first set of non-demographic questions asked about romantic relationships; questions varied from relationship status, length of relationship, possible events they or someone they know have experienced, and what type of relationship they would want in the future. To dive deeper, we asked about possible features such as photo storage, tracking personal values, tracking progress, quizzes, a relationship timeline, etc. We asked about app features such as receiving feedback, a message board, linking to other social media accounts, etc. To give Relevate its tailoring feature, we asked participants which variables should be considered. Responses included age, race, sexual orientation, relationship goals, etc. Lastly, we asked what type of notifications and privacy features they would like. Statistical Package for the Social Sciences software (SPSS) was used to conduct data cleaning and analysis.