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Dr Faye Horsley

Assistant Professor

Department: Psychology

Dr Faye Horsley is a registered forensic psychologist with over 15 years of experience working within the criminal justice system. Faye has worked in adult prisons and forensic hospitals ranging from high to low security, as well as with young people and forensic service users in the community. As a practitioner Faye specialises in the assessment of sexually violent and violent offenders, including those convicted of arson. Faye's research expertise is arson and firesetting. She completed her Ph.D at Durham University in January 2020. Her thesis is entitled Arson Reconceptualised: the Continuum of Fire Use. Faye joined Northumbria University as a senior lecturer in psychology in December 2021. 

Faye Horsley

Faye's main research interest is the psychological and social significance of fire, and human interaction with fire. This is based on her own conceptualisation of fire use as a dimensional construct, ranging from non-criminalised to criminalised behaviour. Faye employs qualitative and quantitative methods to explore factors which influence how people engage with fire, and the beliefs/ attitudes they hold towards it. Faye draws upon interdisciplinary perspectives in her work, and has a particular interest in the social construction of fire and the influence of culture. As a practitioner forensic psychologist, the focus of Faye's work is arson reduction and prevention. She recently took the lead on a project exploring deliberate firesetting in the North East of England, commissioned by North East Fire and Rescue Services (FRS). She continues to collaborate with FRS colleagues. 

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  • A pilot evaluation of Enhanced Case Management within a Youth Offending Service: Practitioners’ experiences of trauma-informed formulation, Martin, A., Robson, A., Horsley, F., Kennedy, P. Feb 2022, In: Clinical Psychology Forum
  • Exploring explicit and implicit correlates of early anti-social fire exposure and everyday fire use in adulthood, Kathryn Horsley, F., James, T., Baker, N., Broughton, R., Hampton, X., Knight, A., Langford, I., Pomfrey, E., Unsworth, L. 10 Aug 2022, In: Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice
  • Invited paper: Legitimacy of fire use: investigating the Continuum of Fire Use Theory (CoFUT), Hope, J., Horsley, F. 18 Feb 2022, In: Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice
  • New perspectives on arson and firesetting: the human-fire relationship, Horsley, F. 29 Sep 2021
  • The fire - fire user relationship: a grounded theory of criminalised fire users' experiences, Horsley, F. 2 Nov 2021, In: Journal of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology
  • The positive aspects of fire use: a grounded theory of the experiences of non-criminalised fire users, Horsley, F. 1 Dec 2021, In: Journal of Forensic Practice

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Editorial work: Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice (Journal) 2022
  • Editorial work: Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice - Special Edition on Arson and Firesetting (Journal) 2020
  • Membership of committee: British Psychological Society Division of Forensic Psychology Training Committee (External organisation) 2018

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