School of Psychology

Staff Profiles

Faye Horsley

Lecturer in Forensic Psychology


I am an HCPC Registered Practitioner Forensic Psychologist. I am a chartered member of the BPS and a full member of the BPS Division of Forensic Psychology. 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 the NHS as principal forensic psychologist on a specialist forensic personality disorder ward. I remain actively involved in the assessment of offenders as an independent practitioner, alongside my academic responsibilities. As a practitioner, my primary areas of expertise are in the assessment of violent, sexually violent and arson offenders, in addition to personality disorder. 

I joined Newcastle University in July 2015 as a lecturer in forensic psychology and teach on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. 

I completed my Ph.D in January 2020 at Durham University. My thesis is entitled 'Arson Reconceptualised: The Continuum of Fire Use'. 


My Ph.D research explored fire use from a novel interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on sociological, criminological and anthropological work, alongside psychology. I considered both firesetting and non-criminalised (i.e. law-abiding) forms of fire use, with a view to informing arson reduction and prevention strategy. I continue to conduct research in this area and I have a particular interest in cross-cultural fire use. My research has a strong applied focus and I am actively working with colleagues in the fire and rescue service to develop and evaluate youth/ community engagement initiatives. 

I also have a keen interest in the use of reflective practice in higher education and am conducting research on this topic at Newcastle University. 

Previously I have conducted 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 have undergraduate and postgraduate teaching responsibilities, in addition to teaching and supervising trainees on the Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Psychology Practice. 

I am leader of two MSc Forensic Psychology modules, namely: (i) Forensic Assessment and Case Formulation and (ii) Professional Practice. 

I am Deputy Director of both the Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Psychology Practice and the MSc Forensic Psychology programmes.