Peter Taylor
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    M13 9PL Manchester

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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).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Clinical Psychology, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 1 Oct 2013

Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 1 Nov 2010

Master of Research, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 1 Sept 2007

Bachelor of Science in Psychology, The University of Manchester

Award Date: 1 Jul 2006

Areas of expertise

  • BF Psychology


  • Suicide
  • Self-harm
  • psychosis
  • shame


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