School of Psychology

Staff Profiles

Dr Susan Thorpe

Senior Lecturer



I am the Programme Director for the MSc in Psychology (Foundations in Clinical and Health Psychology) which  started in September 2012 and the new MSc in Psychology (Foundations in Clinical and Forensic Psychology) which started in September 2014. I am the Deputy Head of School, and Director of Postgraduate Programmes Taught. I also supervise Undergraduate and Postgraduate dissertations.



BEd/MA English Literature: Aberdeen University

BA  Psychology: Cardiff University

DPhil: University of Oxford ,


Previous Academic Positions  

I worked at the Universities of Oxford, Greenwich and Surrey before taking up my post here in Newcastle 


Professional Affiliations

Chartered Psychololgist

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society  

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


My research has been broadly based around cognitive processes in anxiety - particularly in Specific Phobias and OCD.  I am also interested in Evolutionary approaches to psychopathology.  More recently I have become interested in issues around hoarding behaviour and contamination obsessions.


I am the Degreee programme Director for both the MSc in Psychology (Foundations in Clinical and Health Psychology) and the MSc in Psychology (Foundations in Clinical and Forensic Psychology). I teach modules on Research Methods and on Cultural issues in Clinical and Health Psychology.  I am also the module leader for the Research Apprenticeship, the Professional Issues and the Dissertation modules and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in the areas of disgust, obsessions and phobias.