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 the NHS as principal forensic psychologist on a specialist forensic personality disorder ward.

My PhD research is on adult fire setting. More specifically, I have explored the use of fire as a dimensional construct ranging from non-criminalised in order to inform what we know of arson and how we work with arsonists. 

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 am module leader of PSY8056 (Forensic Assessment and Case Formulation). I also contribute to teaching on the BSc Psychology programme. 

Areas of expertise

I am a registered forensic psychologist with over ten years’ experience as a practitioner working in prison and hospital settings. My areas of expertise include violent offending, the assessment and treatment of violent offenders, arson offenders, and personality disorder. 




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 those who use fire. My Ph.D research explores fire use as a dimensional construct from an interdisciplinary perspective, drawing on sociological, criminological and anthropological work, alongside psychology. 

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 Assessment and Case Formulation (PSY8056). I also contribute to teaching on the undergraduate psychology programme, specifically on forensic psychology.