Emily Taylor

Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology


After qualifying, I worked as a full-time clinical psychologist in NHS Lothian Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS). I moved into a part-time lectureship then a full-time lectureship, retaining clinical roles working in the National Ear Reconstruction Service and outpatient CAMHS. In 2016-17 I was seconded to the National Confidential Forum to hear the testimonies of adults who had experienced residential care as children, and to advise on the analysis and dissemination of findings from this Scottish government initiative. This included the interim report What We have Heard So Far. I contribute clinical practice and supervision to the university's new Psychological Therapies Centre.

I am a regular reviewer for journals including Psychology and Psychotherapy: Theory, Research and Practice and Children and Youth Services.


PGDip Digital Education, 2018

DClin Psychol, 2002

MA(Hons) Psychology, 1998

Responsibilities & affiliations

Director of Learning & Teaching, School of Health in Social Science

Senior Fellow, Advancing HE

Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society

Chartered Psychologist, Healthcare and Professions Council

Member, British Assoication of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

Accredited Practitioner, IPT-UK

Postgraduate teaching

In my current role, I am Director of Learning and Teaching for School of Health in Social Science. This entails strategic oversight of all learning and teaching practice in the school. Previously, I was programme director for the MSc in Children and Young People's Mental Health and Psychological Practice  (campus and online programmes) and the MSc Psychological Therapies. I contributed to the MOOC The Clinical Psychology of Children and Young People in summer 2014, and am part of a group delivering CPD to City of Edinburgh Council employees (teachers, social workers, foster carers etc.) on child and adolescent mental health. I teach an online course: Trauma and Resilience in a Developmental Contextand contribute to practice teaching on the MSc Psychological Therapies and the professional doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DCinPsychol).

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I am interested in taking on PhD students with similar interests and in collaborations with individuals and organisations working with young people and their families.

Current PhD students supervised



Research summary

My research in adolescent and developmental psychopathology is focused on parental attachment, resilience and risk, with the aim of establishing preventative and curative interventions for young people who experience significant early life adversity. The evidence base for care-experienced children and young people is currently lacking, especially in the UK and these young people have the worst outcomes of any group in British and European society. This population are therefore a priority for government. Recent guidelines by the British Psychological Society, to which I was a contributor, and the National Institute of Clinical and Health Excellence (NICE) emphasised the need for systematic research to develop an evidence base for meeting the mental health needs of this population. With university KE grants I have developed a network of stakeholders across Edinburgh  to partner in and be consumers of rigorous research into the mental health and wellbeing of this at-risk population.

I run a lab group for staff, students and early career researchers (LAACLab) which has supported three grant proposals, one of which was student-led, and all of which have been successful. I am a founding member of the Centre for Applied Developmental Psychology.

Current research interests

My current research splits into three main areas: Scaffolding the System (understanding the needs of carers) Trauma-informed Practice (TIP) and Wellbeing Complex Needs in the Care System

Affiliated research centres

Research activities

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