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Dr Lorna Taylor

Job title Principal Clinical Psychologist

Area of Expertise

  • Adolescents with emerging personality disorder and/or neurodevelopmental differences
  • Vulnerable witnesses and defendants within the criminal justice system
  • At-risk young people where there is risk of harm to self/to others and from others: harmful sexual behavior, self-harm, fire setting, interpersonal violence, child criminal exploitation, child sexual exploitation
  • Looked after children, including those in care proceedings
  • Adapting and evaluating DBT interventions for at risk populations



Dr. Lorna Taylor is a Principal Clinical Psychologist for the CAMHS Adolescent At-risk & Forensic Service, which assesses and treats young people who are engaged in, or present significant risk of, serious violence, fire-setting and/or sexually inappropriate behaviour and/or who are at risk of harm or exploitation from others. She has a special interest in working with young people at risk of exploitation. Dr. Taylor is a practitioner psychologist with the Health Care Professions Council.

She provides teaching on the assessment and treatment of adolescent mental health difficulties on the MSc Mental Health and Doctorate of Clinical Psychology Courses (DClinPsy) at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London.

She has delivered training workshops and conference presentations to mental health and criminal justice professionals who work with young people at risk of exploitation, and provided teaching and workshops on neuropsychology for professionals working with individuals with neurodegenerative conditions. She also supervises DClinPsy research projects and clinical placements. She is involved in supervision, teaching and training of junior staff.


Education and Training

  • BSc in Psychology & Neuroscience (University of Nottingham), 2005
  • MSc in Neuroscience (Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London), 2007
  • PhD (Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London) 2010
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) (Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London) 2013
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (British Isles DBT)
  • AIM 2 and 3 Assessment and Intervention for young people with harmful sexual behavior (AIM Project)
  • ADOS



Taylor, L. & Tranah, T. CBT with Young People (2019) in Moorey, S. and Lavender, A. (Eds) The Therapeutic Relationship in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Sage.
Johnston, K., Prentice, K., Whitehead, H., Taylor, L., Watts, R., Tranah, T. (2016). Assessing effective participation in vulnerable juvenile defendants, The Journal of Forensic Psychiatry & Psychology, 27, 6, 802-814.
Taylor L, Cole V, Smith P, Leigh E (in press). Cognitive processes in adolescent depression.

Taylor L et al (2012) Is language impairment more common than executive dysfunction in ALS? J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 84(5):494-8.

Taylor L et al (2010) Prevalence of depression in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and other motor disorders. European Journal of Neurology 17 (8): 1047-1053.

Taylor L, Wicks P, Leigh PN, Goldstein (2008) Prevalence and severity of depression in MND. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. (Suppl. 1): 9: 120 134.

Peirce JW & Taylor LJ (2006) Selective mechanisms for complex visual patterns revealed by adaptation. Neuroscience 141(1):15-18.

Peirce, JW, Taylor, LJ & Webb, BS (2005) Selective mechanisms for complex visual patterns revealed by compound adaptation. Perception (Supplement), 34, 196.

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