Elizabeth Taylor Buck, PhD, MA (Oxon), PG Dip Art Therapy, MBPsSElizabeth Taylor Buck

Mental Health Research Unit
School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)
University of Sheffield
Regent Court, 30 Regent Street
Sheffield S1 4DA


Tel: +44 (0)114 2225452


I joined ScHARR in 2009, when I received funding from the NIHR for a Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship based in the Mental Health Group. My particular interest and expertise lies in in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) research.

Current research

I am currently working with the Economics Evaluation in Health and Care Interventions Policy Research Unit (EEPRU) on a research project to develop a recovery and mental health specific quality of life measure for adults (ReQoL). My research is focused on the face validity of ReQoL with young adults aged 16-18 and with clinicians. I am also collaborating on a systematic review of the efficacy and clinical effectiveness of Group Analysis and Analytic/Dynamic Group Psychotherapy.

Previous research

My doctoral research focused on a dyadic parent-child approach to art therapy in which parents and caregivers are encouraged to be active participants in their children’s art therapy sessions. A mixed methods design was used with three empirical components, a survey of qualified British art therapists working with children and families, a Delphi study, and a qualitative enquiry with stakeholders. The results of each component were analysed separately before being integrated into a draft manual which was then refined iteratively using feedback from the research participants.

I was co-applicant on the NIHR Health Technology Assessment systematic review and economic modelling of the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of art therapy among people with non-psychotic mental health disorders. 

Research Interests

  • Child and adolescent mental health
  • Quality of life
  • Instrument development
  • Mixed methods
  • Child-centred research
  • Participatory approaches

External professional activities

  • International Centre for Arts Psychotherapies Training in Mental Health Advisory Committee
  • Trainer for British Association of Art Therapists
  • Visiting lecturer for The Northern Programme in Art Psychotherapy

Current / recent projects as applicant or co-applicant

  • Research Capability Funding NIHR / CLAHRC YH
  • NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship
  • NIHR Health Technology Assessment of art therapy for non-psychotic mental health disorders (co-applicant)

Clinical expertise and experience

I have worked in child and adolescent mental health settings for 20 years, initially for the NSPCC and then in NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). I have training in art psychotherapy, mentalisation-based therapy with families (MBT-F) and Interpersonal therapy with adolescents (IPT-A). My clinical work continues to inform, inspire, and motivate my research interests.

Key publications

Uttley L, Scope A, Stevenson M, Rawdin A, Taylor Buck E, Sutton A, et al. (2015) Systematic review and economic modelling of the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of art therapy among people with nonpsychotic mental health disorders. Health Technol Assess 2015;19(18).

Taylor Buck, E., & Dent-Brown, K., (2014). "Creative manuals." International Journal of Art Therapy 19(2): 82-87.

Taylor Buck, E., Dent-Brown, K., Parry, G., & Boote, J. (2014). Dyadic art psychotherapy: Key principles, practices and competences. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 41(2), 163-173.

Taylor Buck, E., Dent-Brown, K., & Parry, G. (2013). Exploring a dyadic approach to art psychotherapy with children and young people: A survey of British art psychotherapists. International Journal of Art Therapy, 18(1), 20-28.