Dr Elizabeth Taylor Buck

PhD, MA (Oxon), PG Dip Art Therapy, MBPsS

Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health

Clinical Academic

+44 114 222 5452

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Dr Elizabeth Taylor Buck
Population Health, School of Medicine and Population Health
Regent Court (ScHARR)
30 Regent Street
S1 4DA

I am a clinical academic working in the NHS and The University of Sheffield. I joined ScHARR in 2009 when I received funding from the NIHR for a Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship. My particular interests are in infant, child and adolescent mental health, creative therapies and the implementation of new and innovative practices in the NHS.


Clinical expertise and experience

I worked as an Art Psychotherapist with young people and their families for 20 years, initially for the NSPCC and then in NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). I have recently moved to a new role as Parent-Infant Psychotherapist in the Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster Perinatal Mental Health Service. I have training in Art Psychotherapy, Watch Wait and Wonder, Mentalisation-Based Therapy with Families and Interpersonal Therapy. My clinical work continues to inform, inspire, and motivate my research interests.

Research interests
  • Infant, child and adolescent mental health
  • Creative therapies
  • Implementation
  • Visual methods
Research group

Current research 

I am currently leading on the implementation of a new patient-reported outcome measure (PROM) for use in mental health services called Recovering Quality of Life (ReQoL). Supported by the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care Yorkshire and Humber (CLAHRC YH) Health Economics and Outcome Measurement (HEOM) theme, we have delivered two national implementation events and established a ReQoL Community of Practice (CoP).

More information about ReQoL can be found here.

More information about how CLAHRC supported ReQoL implementation can be seen here.

More information about the ReQoL CoP can be found here.

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.

Following the completion of my PhD, I worked with the Economics Evaluation in Health and Care Interventions Policy Research Unit (EEPRU) on the development of ReQoL, leading on the face validity of ReQoL with young adults aged 16-18 and with clinicians.

Current/recent projects as applicant or co-applicant

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