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    BT48 7JL Londonderry

    United Kingdom

  • 1335 Citations
  • 20 h-Index
1993 …2019
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Brian Taylor is Professor of Social Work. Professionally qualified in social work and teaching, he spent 10 years as a practitioner and manager, and then 15 years in training and organisation development in health and social care. His first degree was in physics (with philosophy) at Bristol University and his PhD in the Department of Epidemiology, Queen’s University Belfast. Brian’s research and teaching interests are in professional judgement, decision making, assessment tools and processes, risk (assessment, communication and management) and use of knowledge to inform practice. He is principal organiser of the biennial international symposium: Decisions, Assessment, Risk and Evidence in Social Work (www.ulster.ac.uk/dare). Brian has supervised research projects and PhD students on these topics, including with colleagues in psychology, law, communication studies, computer studies and health care. His publications include the books: Decision Making, Assessment and Risk in Social Work; and Understanding and Using Research in Social Work. Brian Taylor is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences; an honorary Senior Fellow of the School for Social Care Research at the National Institute for Health Research, London; an honorary Associate Scientist of the Harding Centre for Risk Literacy at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin; and a founder member of the Board of the European Social Work Research Association.

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Research Output 1993 2019

Decision Making, Assessment and Risk in Social Work (3rd Edition)

Taylor, B., 2 May 2017, London. 272 p. (Post-Qualifying Social Work)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

social worker
social work
decision making
management decision
risk assessment

Understanding and Using Research in Social Work

Taylor, B., Killick, J. & McGlade, A., 1 Oct 2015, London. 192 p. (Mastering Social Work Practice)

Research output: Book/ReportBook

social work
27 Citations (Scopus)

Heuristics in professional judgement: A psycho-social rationality model

Taylor, B. J., 1 Jun 2017, In : British Journal of Social Work. 47, 4, p. 1043-1060

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Social Work
social work
work research
2 Citations (Scopus)

Communicating risk in dementia care: survey of health and social care professionals

Taylor, B., Stevenson, M. & McDowell, M., 1 Mar 2018, In : Health and Social Care in the Community. 26, 2, p. e291-e303

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Delivery of Health Care
risk communication
11 Citations (Scopus)

Seeking Help From Everyone and No-One: Conceptualizing the Online Help-Seeking Process Among Adolescent Males

Best, P., Gil-Rodriguez, E., Manktelow, R. & Taylor, B., 1 Jul 2016, In : Qualitative Health Research. 26, 8, p. 1067-1077 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Northern Ireland
online service
Focus Groups


Substance misuse and help-seeking amongst Polish migrants in Northern Ireland

Author: Roddy, S., Nov 2018

Supervisor: Taylor, B. (Supervisor) & Mc Fadden, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis