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Dr Katherine Taylor

Research Associate, Arts for Health

Katherine has worked in a range of settings, both clinically and as a researcher since 2006. She completed her Clinical Psychology Doctorate at Lancaster University in 2013 and has since been employed within Arts for Health in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities as a Research Associate on the £1.2 million Dementia and Imagination project, which seeks to evaluate and understand the role of the arts-based interventions in dementia services. Katherine now works in NHS Children's Psycholgical Services and is a Churchill Fellow 2017. She will travel to Finland and the US to explore arts and health initatives.

Katherine's research explores links between arts, health and well-being. For example she has published work in the Journal of Affective Disorders on creativity in people with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Her recent work includes a meta-synthesis to investigate how engaging in art fosters well-being in a mental health recovery context.

Katherine has delivered workshops, seminars, and research papers to a range of audiences, from health professionals, artists, academics and entrepreneurs. For example, Katherine has presented at Tate Liverpool, ESRC Seminars, and at The Pratt Institute, New York, at a conference on Arts and Healthcare. Her work includes public engagement and Katherine has collaborated with professional curators to deliver public and gallery-based exhibitions and science fairs, with the aim of positively influencing public perceptions of health and mental health conditions.

Prior to clinical training, Katherine 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.


AHRC's Connected Communities Festival; Somerset House | July 2016

Public engagement event exploring the theme of Utopia: A Year of Imagination and Possibility.. Details…

Arts in Healthcare 2016: The Art of Mentalizing: Communicating the Unknown, The Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, New York

"This is a truly important event that brings together for the first time two groups working to extend the frontiers of mentalizing in the US and the UK. The conference will undoubtedly present many remarkable insights and experiences for participants that I have no doubt will further not just clinical practice but also encourage research enquiry into the therapeutic use of creative arts in mental health" Professor Peter Fonagy https://www. Details…

ESRC: Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Well-being seminar

Seminar presentation to entrepreneurs on leadership, on well-being and creativity through the lens of research on the prevalence and effects of bipolar research, in clinical and non-clinical populations. . Details…

Forthcoming publications

Taylor, K., Lobban, F. Details…

From Helsinki to Manchester: Arts and Health | May 2016

Cross-disciplinary workshop for clinical and arts practitioners from Finland and Manchester to promote learning on range of arts and health topics and training points. . Details…

Manchester Royal Exchange Theatre | January 2016

"Making Art Out of Illness", panel discussion to accompany the play ‘Wit’, by Margaret Edson. . Details…

Public Engagement Researcher: Green Man Festival: Einstein's Garden | August 2015 & 2016

Submission and implementation of public engagement strategy at a large, mainstream festival. The Dementia and Imagination team engaged over 800 members of the public at a science fair, at which researchers and artists playfully engage festival goers through vibrant stalls where art meets science, and where conversations can be a catalyst for change. Details…

Tate Liverpool & Open Eye Gallery: What Role Does Art Play in Health and Well-being?

Public panel discussion in Tate Liverpool as part of Culture Shifts. Open Eye Galley, SURF (The Liverpool Service User Reference Forum), photographer Tadhg Devlin and guest speakers gather to talk around arts and health, and new socially engaged photographic programmes. Details…

Urban Psychosis | July 2014

The modern city has frequently been identified through its intensity - a busy and bustling environment of potentially creative and productive activity. For the spectator, this intensity can also tip over into a state in which reality is temporarily obscured. Details…

Wellcome Trust: Human Library | August 2015 & 2016

Participants are taken out on loan for ten minutes as a Human Book. My topic is 'Bipolar disorders; a balanced perspective' . Details…

Winston Churchill Travelling Trust

The Churchill Travelling Fellowships provide a unique opportunity for UK citizens to acquire innovative ideas abroad. In the process they gain fresh perspectives on their own field of interest and return with enhanced expertise, able to be more effective at work and in their contribution to the community. Details…


Katherine Taylor is a member of the Arts and Health Research Group.

A selection of recent research outputs.


Dementia and Imagination; Peg sculptures

Taylor, K., Brent, G., Dacombe, J., Parkinson, C. (Manchester Met and Nottingham Contemporary), 2016. ‘Dementia and Imagination: Connecting Communities through Contemporary Art’, The Parish Centre; The Crooked Spire, Derbsyhire, November 2015.

Gartside, S., Watson, Z., Parkinson, C. Taylor, K., 2014. Urban Psychosis, The Holden Gallery, Manchester; Co-curated with Dr Steven Gartside, July 2014.

Journal Articles

Newman, A., Baber, M., O’Brien, D., Goulding, A., Hedd-Jones, C., Howson, T., Jones, C., Parkinson, C., Taylor, K. & Windle, G., 2016. 'Carrying out research across the arts and humanities and social sciences: developing the methodology for Dementia and Imagination', Cultural Trends.

Taylor, K., Fletcher, I. & Lobban, F., 2015. 'Exploring the links between the phenomenology of creativity and extreme mood.', Journal of Affective Disorders, 174, 658–664.

Lobban, F., Taylor, K., Murray, C., Jones, S., 2012. 'Bipolar Disorder is a two-edged sword: a qualitative study to understand the positive edge', Journal of Affective Disorders, 141(2-3), 204-212.

Hammerlsey, P., Taylor, K., McGovern, J. and Kinderman, P., 2010. 'Attributions for hallucinations in bipolar disorder', Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 38, 2, 221 - 226.

Lobban, F., Barrowclough, C., Jeffery, S., Bucci, S., Taylor, K., Mallinson, S., Fitzsimmons, M., Marshall, M., 2009. 'Understanding factors influencing substance use in people with recent onset psychosis: a qualitative study', Social Science and Medicine, 70, 1141 - 1147.

Tarrier, N., Taylor, K., Gooding, P.A., 2008. 'Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions to Reduce Suicide Behavior: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis', Behaviour Modification, 32, 77.