Dr Christopher Taylor is an NHS Consultant Clinical Psychologist with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and part of the Senior Management Team in Bury. He is also an Honorary Lecturer in Clinical Psychology at The University of Manchester. He has degrees in Psychology from the Universities of Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Manchester, including a Doctor of Clinical Psychology degree (ClinPsyD) and a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology degree (PhD). His research interests are in the understanding and development of new psychological therapies for people with severe mental health experiences, including psychosis. He is the 2021 recipient of the British Psychological Society's (BPS) May Davidson Award for "an outstanding contribution to the development of British Clinical Psychology within the first ten years of qualifying". Since 1985, only 40 clinical psychologists in the UK have had this award from the BPS.
He was the first clinical psychologist in the UK to be awarded a Doctoral Research Fellowship in Psychosis from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). He is currently Chief Investigator for iMAgery focused therapy for PSychosis (iMAPS-2), a feasibility randomised controlled clinical trial funded by the NIHR. He is also a principal investigator on DEC:IDES (DEcision-making Capacity: Intervention Development and Evaluation in Schizophrenia-spectrum disorder) funded by the Chief Scientist Office (CSO). He has published a number of studies on schemas, psychosis and imagery. Dr Taylor currently co-supervises a number of doctoral students at the Universities of Manchester, Lancaster and Oxford. He regularly presents his work at National and International Conferences, including clinical workshops.