Dr Peter Taylor

Senior Clinical Lecturer

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Dr Peter Taylor currently works as a senior clinical lecturer at the University of Manchester. He completed both his PhD and clinical training at the University, before working for three years at the University of Liverpool as a lecturer in clinical psychology. He returned to work at Manchester in September 2016. Dr Taylor’s research focuses primarily on self-harm and suicidal behaviour. This has encompassed work into the psychosocial mechanisms underlying suicide and self-harm, including investigations of the affective processes surrounding self-harm and suicide (specific mood states like shame and emotional instability more generally), and traits and risk factors related to risk of self-harm (e.g., impulsivity, socio-economic deprivation). His research has also included evaluation of psychological therapies to help people who struggle with self-harm. He has a particular interest in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT).

Areas of expertise


  • Suicide, Self-harm, psychosis, shame

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2013 - Doctor of Clinical Psychology, The University of Manchester
  • 2010 - Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Manchester
  • 2007 - Master of Research, The University of Manchester
  • 2006 - Bachelor of Science in Psychology, The University of Manchester

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