Dr Kat Taylor
Researcher and NHS Child Clinical Psychologist
Kat graduated in 2006 with a First Class Combined Honours Psychology and Economics degree. Several research posts followed prior to completing her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Lancaster University in 2013. Most recently she has worked within Arts for Health at Manchester Metropolitan University as one of three Lead Researchers on the £1.2 million Dementia and Imagination project, evaluating and understanding the impact of arts-based interventions in dementia services. Kat now works in NHS in Children’s Psychological Services.
Kat is a Churchill Fellow 2017 and will visit Finland and the US to explore best practice regarding the arts and health. She is currently completing a meta-synthesis, reviewing research on engaging in art in mental health contexts, and working on several publications from Dementia and Imagination.
Kat has delivered workshops, seminars, and research papers to a range of audiences, from health professionals, to artists, academics and entrepreneurs. Her work includes public engagement and Kat has collaborated with professional curators to deliver public and gallery-based exhibitions, with the aim of positively influencing public understanding. Kat has presented at Tate Liverpool, ESRC Seminars, and at The Pratt Institute, New York, and taken part in the Wellcome Trust’s Human Library.
Prior to clinical training, Kat held research posts at Manchester University’s School of Psychological Sciences, and the Spectrum Centre for Mental Health Research at Lancaster University. The Spectrum Centre are leaders in highlighting the limitations of a traditional medical model approach to bipolar disorder and their work is strongly influenced by the service user voice.