School of Psychology

Staff Profiles

Dr Susan Thorpe

Senior Lecturer



I am the Programme Director for the MSc in Foundations in Clinical  Psychology.  I am the 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 Psychologist

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society  

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


I am the Degree Programme Director for the MSc in Foundations in Clinical Psychology.  I am the module leader for the Cultural issues in Clinical and Health Psychology, Research Apprenticeship, the Professional Issues and the Dissertation modules and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations in the areas of disgust, obsessions, phobias and compulsive use of mobile phones.


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 as well as problems related to the compulsive use of mobile phones and social media.

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