Dr Christopher Taylor is Clinical Lead and Team Manager for Bury Secondary Care Psychological Therapies Service with Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust and part of the Bury Senior Management Team. 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 ClinPsyD and a 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 May Davidson Award for "an outstanding contribution to the development of British Clinical Psychology".
He was the first clinical psychologist in the UK to be awarded a Doctoral Research Fellowship 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 examining 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.