Dr Kat Taylor
Researcher and NHS Child Clinical Psychologist
After graduating in 2006 with a First Class Combined Honours Psychology and Economics degree, I worked in several research posts prior to completing my Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Lancaster University in 2013. Most recently I worked at 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. I also work in NHS Children’s Psychological Services.
This year I was lucky to be awarded a Churchill Travelling Fellowship 2017 and will visit Finland and the US to explore best practice regarding the arts and health. I have completed and am currently working towards submission of a meta-synthesis, reviewing research on engaging in art in mental health contexts, and working on several publications from Dementia and Imagination.
As part of some hybrid and interesting roles mixing research and clinical work, I have enjoyed delivering workshops, seminars, and research papers to a range of audiences, from health professionals, to artists, academics and entrepreneurs. My work has included public engagement and I have had the pleasure of collaborating with professional curators to deliver public and gallery-based exhibitions, with the aim of positively influencing public understanding. I have worked in public engagement at Einstein’s Garden at Green Man Festival, Wales, 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, I 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.