School of Psychology

Staff Profiles

Faye Horsley

Lecturer in Forensic Psychology


I am an HCPC Registered Practitioner Forensic Psychologist and am a chartered member of the BPS. I commenced my career as a practitioner in 2005 with Her Majesty's Prison Service. I have worked in a range of settings including a high secure prison, a high secure hospital, a female closed prison, male category B and D prisons and a medium secure unit. Prior to my appointment at Newcastle University I was employed by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust as principal forensic psychologist on a specialist forensic personality disorder ward. 

I am experienced in the assessment and treatment of violent, sexual and acquisitive offenders and regularly give evidence in formal settings, namely parole hearings. My particular areas of expertise are violent offender assessment and formulation, working with personality disordered offenders and fire setting/ arson.

My PhD research is on adult fire setting, specifically un-convicted fire setting in the community. I am interested in how this is defined and measured, motivations for the behaviour and the psychological characteristics of adults who light fires.

I joined Newcastle University in June 2015 as a Lecturer in Forensic Psychology. I am involved in teaching on the MSc Forensic Psychology programme and lead the following modules:

PSY8054 Mental Health and Criminal Behaviour

PSY8056 Forensic Assessment and Case Formulation





My primary area of research is adult fire setting and arson. I am particularly interested in non-convicted fire setting in the community, the nature of this, the motivations behind it and the psychological characteristics of fire setters. I am currently undertaking a PhD entitled 'exploring the sub-types of fire setters on the basis of psychological characteristics using a community sample'.

Previously I have engaged in research into empathy and violent offending, in addition to personality disorders and coping styles in female offenders. The latter was utilised by the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) in the development of a new personality disorder unit within the female prison estate.


I am involved in teaching on the MSc Forensic Psychology programme. I am module leader of: Forensic Mental Health and Criminal Behaviour (PSY8054) and Forensic Assessment and Case Formulation (PSY8056).