School of Psychology

Staff Profiles

Darren Johnson

Lecturer in Forensic Psychology


Darren is a Chartered Psychologist and Scientist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), Registered as a Forensic Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), an Associate Fellow of the BPS, and he holds a European standard qualification in psychology. Darren has had extensive experience working with offenders in a range of settings, predominately the Prison Service. In particular, he has provided forensic assessment, treatment and therapy to a wide range of forensic clients (adult and young males and females, sexual and aggressive offenders and offenders diagnosed with Personality Disorders, Learning Disability and Mental Health diagnoses).


His most recent academic post as Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at Newcastle University commenced in June 2018 in which he teaches Forensic Psychology at both undergraduate and postgraduate level with a clear enthusiasm on linking theory with practice. Alongside his academic work, Darren provides expert psychological services as an Independent Forensic Psychologist (assessment, treatment, consultation services within the forensic field and supervision of trainee psychologists).


Darren's research interests include; Psychopathy, Personality Disorder, Mental Health and treatment effectiveness. 


  • Bennett A, Johnson D. Co-morbidity of personality disorder and clinical syndrome in high-risk incarcerated offenders. 2016.
  • Falcus F, Johnson D. The violent accounts of men diagnosed with comorbid antisocial and borderline personality disorders. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology 2018, 62(9), 2817-2830.
  • Mullan C, Johnson D, Tomlinson J. Personality disordered offenders’ experiences of completing social skills treatment . Journal of Criminological Research Policy and Practice 2018.