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Dr Danny Taggart

Lecturer
School of Health and Social Care
Dr Danny Taggart
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    +44 (0) 1206 874100

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    2S2.5.05, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday

Profile

Biography

I am the Academic Director on the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology program where I teach across research and clinical modules. I have just returned from two years working at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse where I was the Clinical Lead and Principal Psychologist for the Truth Project. The Truth Project has heard from over 5,000 survivors of child sexual abuse, the most significant level of public engagement in a UK Public Inquiry and this has led to one of the largest data sets relating to child abuse in the world. I continue to work for the Inquiry on a part time basis as a researcher and clinical consultant. My current research interests arise from my work with child abuse survivors and focuses on the relationships between adult survivors and public institutions. I am also interested in the impacts of child abuse on adult social and psychological functioning. I am currently working with a number of other Historical Institutional Inquiry related projects internationally, including the Northern Ireland HIA Redress Board and the Jersey HIA Inquiry Legacy project. I offer clinical consultation to a range of professional groups around engagement with trauma survivors, including legal, media and health and social care professionals. I am a trained Mediator and am interested in the use of mediation as a model to work at the interface of survivor groups and institutions. I have longstanding experience in the area of public participation in health and social care services and have a university role as Lead for Service User and Carer Engagement. This work has become focused on the ways that trauma survivors can engage safely with public bodies and I am currently working with a number of survivor groups around trauma informed models of engagement. I am part of a research group looking at issues of public participation in policy and we have published widely in the area. My other main area of research, policy consultation and practice guidance is in the related field of Recurrent Care Proceedings in Child Protection services. I have been involved in the national study mapping this group and thinking about parental childhood trauma history and how this impacts care proceedings. I have worked with Research in Practice to develop practice guidelines in a number of related areas, and offer service level consultation to a number of providers.

Qualifications

  • DClinPsy UEA

  • BSc Queens University Belfast

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Service User Engagement Lead, School of Health and Social Care, University of Essex (8/2017 - present)

Other academic

  • External Examiner, Trinity College Dublin (1/9/2017 - 1/9/2020)

  • External Examiner, University of East London (1/9/2018 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Community Psychology

Open to supervise

Mad Studies

Open to supervise

Trauma based approaches to mental health care

Open to supervise

Evaluation of Social Care interventions

Open to supervise

Parent Infant Mental Health

Open to supervise

Impact of child abuse on adult functioning and engagement with public services

Current research

'Reducing recurrent care proceedings: innovative methods for service evaluationr' - ESRC/UoE Impact Acceleration Account Funding (£10,000)

Evaluation of the Norfolk PArent Infant Attachment Project- NSFT (£15,000)

Reducing recurrent care- Research in Practice

Co-investigator with colleagues at University of Essex and Lancaster University on disseminating research on recurrent care to local authorities nationally.

Service development and service evaluation- Reducing recurrent care services

Working with a number of recurrent care services nationally to develop evaluation tools and enhance service provision.

Conferences and presentations

'To think what we are doing'- Child Sexual Abuse and Disciplinary Trustworthiness

Invited presentation, Keynote presentation, Tavistock External Trauma Lecture Series, 6/5/2021

Welfare reform, conditionality and sanctioning

Invited presentation, Department of Work and Pensions Area of Research Interest Workshop, Colchester, United Kingdom, 11/2/2019

Mental Health, Stigma and Participation

Social Work Activist Network Annual Conference, Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom, 20/4/2018

Trauma, Ethics and the importance of listening to survivors

Invited presentation, Division of Clinical Psychology PGQ Annual Conference, Leeds, United Kingdom, 16/3/2018

Trauma and an Ethics of Responsibility

Critical Voices Network Ireland, Ireland, 17/11/2017

This research has implications for policy on... - Why nobody listens to psychologists

British Psychological Society Annual Conference, British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Brighton, United Kingdom, 4/5/2017

Taggart, D (2017) Working with survivors of childhood sexual abuse: An ethical undertaking. Seminar on BPS guidleines on disculosures of historicla sexual abuse. Division of Clincial Psychology Annual Conference, Liverpool.

Liverpool, United Kingdom, 2017

Walker, C., Speed, E. & Taggart, D. (2017) This research has policy implications for... why no one listens to psychologists. British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Brighton.

Brighton, United Kingdom, 2017

Taggart, D (2016) Multiple perspectives on childhood sexual abuse: An illuminating triptych? Launch of BPS guidelines on disclosures of historical abuse, Psychologists and Social Care, Oxford.

Oxford, United Kingdom, 2016

Taggart, D (2016) Anatomised. Panel discussion- Survivor research and Mad Studies- exploring connections. Disabilities conference, Lancaster University.

Lancaster, United Kingdom, 2016

Taggart, D. (2015) An Evaluation of the Positive Choices and MPower interventions: working with adults who have previously had children removed from their care. Concurrent Care Conference, Adoption UK. Belfast.

Belfast, United Kingdom, 2015

Speed, E. and Taggart, D. (2013) Necessity as the Mother of Austerity, invited symposium paper at 9th European Congress of Community Psychology, Naples.

Naples, Italy, 2013

Taggart, D. & Define Normal Project Team (2011). Walk in my Shoes: An experiential training resource for teaching mental health professionals. Community Psychology: Critical Issues. 8th European Congress of Community Psychology. York St John University.

York, United Kingdom, 2011

Franks, W. & Taggart, D.(2010). Working with young people to develop training for mental health professionals. UK Community Psychology Conference, Plymouth University.

Plymouth, United Kingdom, 2010

Taggart, D. & GYRAP. (2007).The impact of stigma on young people who use mental health services: A service user led research study. UK Community Psychology Conference, York St John University.

York, United Kingdom, 2007

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Clinical Research 1 (HS763)

  • Clinical Research 2 (HS773)

  • Personal and Professional Development 2 (HS774)

  • Clinical Intervention and Skills 3 (HS785)

Previous supervision

Amy Louise Colla
Amy Louise Colla
Thesis title: Change Processes During Intensive Day Treatment for Anorexia: A Dyadic Interview Analysis of the Views of Adolescents and Parents.
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 9/6/2021
Ayse Akan
Ayse Akan
Thesis title: Understandings and Experiences of Common Mental Health Difficulties of Turkish-Speaking People in the UK
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 29/4/2021
Danielle Alexis Crane
Danielle Alexis Crane
Thesis title: The Relationship Between Social Support and Post-Traumatic Growth in Mothers Following Childbirth.
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 30/10/2020
Roupen Mouseg Baronian
Roupen Mouseg Baronian
Thesis title: Peer Support Groups for Unusual Beliefs: A Qualitative Analysis of Members' Experiences
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 1/5/2020
Sona Kaur
Sona Kaur
Thesis title: An Exploration of Undocumented Punjabi Migrants Experiences of Travelling to the UK
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 29/11/2019
Alice Johanna Harwood
Alice Johanna Harwood
Thesis title: 'You Don't Know What the Future Is Going to Hold': Experiences of Growing Older with an Autism Spectrum Condition - a Participatory Research Study
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 1/11/2019
Alexandra Murray Thornton
Alexandra Murray Thornton
Thesis title: Women's Experiences of the Process of Recovery From Birth Trauma: A Grounded Theory
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 1/11/2019
Kiera Emily Fitzsimons
Kiera Emily Fitzsimons
Thesis title: Exploring the Experience and Meaning of Therapeutic Relationships for Mothers in a Parent-Infant Mental Health Service with Infants Who Have Been At the Edge of Care: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 1/11/2019
Laura Emrich
Laura Emrich
Thesis title: Recovery From Psychosis: A Mental Health Inpatient Perspective.
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 24/10/2018
Jaimini Uresh Mehta
Jaimini Uresh Mehta
Thesis title: How Beneficial Is Work-Related Activity for Ones' Mental Health? A Thematic Analysis of Experiences of Conditionality in Receiving Employment and Support Allowance Among Disabled People Placed in the Work-Related Activity Group.
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 24/10/2018
Catherine Elizabeth Douglas
Catherine Elizabeth Douglas
Thesis title: Factors That Promote Recovery: The Views of Service Users Experiencing Psychosis on an Acute Psychiatric Ward.
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 24/10/2018
Sarah Ann Sheryl Madders
Sarah Ann Sheryl Madders
Thesis title: A Discourse Analysis of Recovery Stories
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 6/7/2018
Mark Patrick Uzzell
Mark Patrick Uzzell
Thesis title: The Internal Conversations and Social Networks of Care Leavers At University
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 6/7/2018
Kirsty Ellis
Kirsty Ellis
Thesis title: The Experiences of Practitioners Implementing the Open Dialogue Approach Within the Nhs in the UK
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 18/4/2018
Ryan Thomas Wczasek
Ryan Thomas Wczasek
Thesis title: Food Insecurity in the Uk: A Critical Narrative Analysis
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 16/3/2018
Kerri Leanne Walster
Kerri Leanne Walster
Thesis title: Dementia Within the Marital Sphere - Discourse, Power and Knowledge
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 8/3/2017
Sian Rachel Granville
Sian Rachel Granville
Thesis title: A Qualitative Inquiry of Clinicians' Relational Experiences Within a Perinatal Infant Mental Health Service Contextualised with Quantitative Analysis of Outcome Measures
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 22/12/2016
Angeline Shobana Dharmaindra
Angeline Shobana Dharmaindra
Thesis title: Coping with Experiences of War in Sri Lanka: Perspectives From Tamil Immigrants Living in the UK
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 19/10/2016
Marta Sosnowska
Marta Sosnowska
Thesis title: Challenges Encountered By Frontline Healthcare Professionals in Care for Adolescents Who Engage in Self-Harm. a Qualitative Study Conducted on an Inpatient Unit Implementing Adolescent Mentalization-Based Integrative Therapy (Ambit)
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 10/5/2016
Stacy Earl
Stacy Earl
Thesis title: An Exploration of How Mental Health Service Users' Construct Meaning From the Work Capability Assessment Process - Using Foucauldian Discourse Analysis
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 31/3/2016
Louise Carol Nankivell
Louise Carol Nankivell
Thesis title: 'I Want Him to be a Better Person Than His Dad Was'. How Mothers Experience Their Relationship with Their Son Following Domestic Violence
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 24/11/2015
Jocelyne Eve Boston
Jocelyne Eve Boston
Thesis title: On Learning How to Mother: Marginalised Mothers' Narratives of Professional Parenting Advice and Programmes
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 20/5/2015
Toni Dora Beryl Miles
Toni Dora Beryl Miles
Thesis title: The Meaning of Acceptance for Individuals with Chronic Pain: A Qualitative Study
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 31/3/2015
Koveela Sawmynaden
Koveela Sawmynaden
Thesis title: 'It Might be for Some People But It Wasn't for Me': A Grounded Theory Account of How Older People Experience Step Two Interventions in a Primary Care Mental Health Service
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 26/3/2015
Hilary Anne Sporton
Hilary Anne Sporton
Thesis title: Rocking the Boat: A Qualitative Study of the Experiences of Adopted Adults Making Contact with Their Birth Relatives
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 20/6/2014
Zoe Alderson
Zoe Alderson
Thesis title: Caring for Older Adults with Dementia: Managing Work Pressures
Degree subject: Clinical Psychology (D Clin Psych)
Degree type: Professional Doctorate
Awarded date: 25/3/2014

Publications

Journal articles (24)

Mehta, J., Taggart, D., Clifford, E. and Speed, E., (2021). “They say jump, we say how high?” conditionality, sanctioning and incentivising disabled people into the UK labour market. Disability and Society. 36 (5), 681-701

Taggart, D., Rouf, K., Hisham, IBI., Duckworth, L. and Sweeney, A., (2021). Trauma, mental health and the COVID-19 crisis: are we really all in it together?. Journal of Mental Health. 30 (4), 401-404

Douglas, C., Wood, L. and Taggart, D., (2021). Recovery priorities of people with psychosis in acute mental health in-patient settings: a Q-methodology study.. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 1-14

Emrich, L., Wood, L. and Taggart, D., (2021). The subjective experience of recovery from psychosis in an acute mental health inpatient setting. Psychosis. 13 (2), 1-12

Mason, C., Taggart, D. and Broadhurst, K., (2020). Parental Non-Engagement within Child Protection Services—How Can Understandings of Complex Trauma and Epistemic Trust Help?. Societies. 10 (4), 93-93

Speed, E. and Taggart, D., (2019). Stigma and Mental Health: Exploring Potential Models to Enhance Opportunities for a Parity of Participation. Journal of Ethics in Mental Health. 10 (VI)

Taggart, D., (2018). Trauma and an Ethics of Responsibility. Clinical Psychology Forum (302), 4-4

Taggart, D., (2018). Community psychology as a process of citizen participation in health policy: Comment on “the rise of post-truth populism in pluralist liberal democracies: Challenges for health policy”. International Journal of Health Policy and Management. 7 (2), 180-182

Walker, C., Speed, E. and Taggart, D., (2018). Overrated- Our capacity to impact policy Underrated- Psychological expertise in informal settings. The Psychologist. 31 (6), 40-45

Walker, C., Speed, E. and Taggart, D., (2018). The psychological expertise in informal settings. Psychologist. 31 (6), 43-44

Conway, A., Pilgrim, D., Rouf, K. and Taggart, D., (2018). False memories - A call for clarity. Psychologist. 31 (6), 4-4

McPherson, S., Andrews, L., Taggart, D., Cox, P., Pratt, R., Smith, V. and Thandi, J., (2018). Evaluating integrative services in edge-of-care work. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. 40 (3), 299-320

Walker, C., Speed, E. and Taggart, D., (2018). Turning psychology into policy: a case of square pegs and round holes?. Palgrave Communications. 4 (1), 108-108

Taggart, D., (2018). Introduction to special feature on welfare rights: Austerity from above, resistance from below. Asylum- Magazine for Democratic Psychiatry. 25 (3), 4-5

Sweeney, A. and Taggart, D., (2018). (Mis)understanding trauma informed approaches in mental health. Journal of Mental Health. 27 (5), 383-387

Mehta, J., Clifford, E., Taggart, D. and Speed, E., (2018). When your mental health disappears overnight: Constant anxiety of benefit sanctions is toxic for mental health of disabled people. Clinical Psychology Forum. 312 (312), 4-6

Taggart, D., (2018). Community Psychology as a Process of Citizen Participation in Health Policy; Comment on “The Rise of Post-truth Populism in Pluralist Liberal Democracies: Challenges for Health Policy. International Journal of Health Policy and Management. 6 (2), 180-182

Cox, P., Barratt, C., Blumenfeld, F., Rahemtulla, Z., Taggart, D. and Turton, J., (2017). Reducing recurrent care proceedings: initial evidence from new interventions. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law. 39 (3), 332-349

Taggart, D., (2017). Are we part of a rigged system?. Psychologist. 30 (2), 78-79

Taggart, D., McCauley, C. and Smithhurst, S., (2017). ‘I’m paying for my son’s upbringing with other people’s wages’. Community psychology praxis in a Sure Start Children’s Centre: The Great Yarmouth Father’s Project. Clinical Psychology Forum (293), 46-50

Taggart, D., (2017). Anatomised. Asylum magazine for democratic psychiatry. 24 (1), 29-31

Taggart, D., (2016). Notes from the underground: Some reflections on clinical psychology's role in responding to historical and institutional child sexual abuse. Clinical Psychology Forum (286), 6-9

Taggart, D., Franks, W., Osborne, O. and Collins, S., (2013). We are the ones asking the questions': The experiences of young mental health service users conducting research into stigma. Educational and Child Psychology. 30 (1), 61-71

Taggart, D. and Speed, E., (2012). It’s your problem but you need us to help you fix it: The paradox at the heart of the IAPT agenda. , Asylum Magazine for Democratic Psychiatry-Special Issue on Anti-Capitalism and Mental Health,. 19 (3), 23-24

Book chapters (4)

Taggart, D. and Rouf, K., Do no harm? Hearing and responding to victims and survivors. In: Memory in Dispute- 2nd Edition. Editors: Sinason, V., . Routledge

Taggart, D., “Are you experienced?”- The use of experiential knowledge in mental health and its contribution to Mad Studies. In: Routledge Handbook of Mad Studies- Critical International perspectives on doing Mad Studies

Taggart, D., Nye, C., Taylor, J., Solstice, J., Harrison, M., Bryant, R., Clark, S. and Franks, W., The Define Normal Project. In: New ideas for new times: A handbook of innovative community and clinical psychologies. Palgrave Macmillan

Taggart, D., Thomas, C., Pratt, R. and Smith, V., (2017). Norfolk Parent-Infant Mental Health Attachment Project (PRIMAP): working towards integration in attachment, mental health and social care. In: Transforming Infant Wellbeing Research, Policy and Practice for the First 1001 Critical Days. Editors: Leach, P., . Routledge. 261- 271. 9781138689534

Conferences (2)

Thornton, A., McPherson, S. and Taggart, D., (2019). Women's experiences of the process of recovery from birth trauma: a grounded theory

Taggart, D., (2018). Invited Keynote- "Are you experienced? The use of experiential knowledge in mental health."

Reports and Papers (3)

Mehta, J., Clifford, E., Taggart, D. and Speed, E., "Where your mental health disappears overnight: Disabled people's experiences of the Employment and Support Allowance Work Related Activity Group

Sweeney, A. and Taggart, D., (2019). Embedding trauma informed approaches in adult social care- Frontline Briefing

Taggart, D., (2018). Trauma Informed Approaches with Young People

Other (7)

Rouf, K. and Taggart, D., Is there justice for trauma survivors?

Taggart, D., mehta, J. and Speed, E., Constant anxiety of benefit sanctions is toxic for mental health of disabled people

McPherson, S., Beresford, P., Speed, E. and Taggart, D., Cost of Living blog: Beyond the academy - democratising user involvement in health & social care

Taggart, D., (2018).Trauma informed responses ion relationship based practice,Research in Practice

Taggart, D. and Walker, C., (2015).Measuring Ideology,Cost of LIving Blog

Taggart, D., (2015).The paradox of stigma in mental health,Cost of Living Blog

Taggart, D., (2013).Nudge, nudge, push, shove,Cost of Living Blog

Grants and funding

2019

Trauma informed care- working with commissioners to develop trauma informed practice across agencies working in the areas of domestic violence and drug and alcohol dependency. A one day facilitated workshop.

Devon County Council

Edge of Care Service Evaluation

Family Action

2018

Research in Practice. Evaluation tool's users guide for local authorities

The Dartington Hall Trust

Research in Practice. Evaluation tool's users guide for local authorities

The Dartington Hall Trust

2015

Analysis of data from an evalution of the Norfolk Perinatal infant mental health service (PIMHS)

Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

Contact

dtaggart@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 874100

Location:

2S2.5.05, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday