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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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  • Fire Messaging: a qualitative exploration of how adults teach children about fire, Horsley, F., Birrell, E., Gouldthorp, G., Kohli, D., McLackland, F., Taylor, E. 1 Jun 2024, In: Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice
  • Non-criminalised fire use and self-concept: a preliminary grounded theory study, Lee, R., Horsley, F., McKeown, A. 24 Nov 2023, In: Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice
  • 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
  • Clinical and forensic assessment of firesetting, Horsley, F. 30 Dec 2022, Further Case Studies in Forensic Psychology, London, Taylor & Francis
  • 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
  • Guest editorial: Firesetting special edition, Horsley, F. 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
  • Arson and firesetting: a new conceptualisation, Horsley, F. May 2021, Forensic Psychology, Hoboken, New Jersey, Wiley
  • 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

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  • 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

Psychology PhD January 31 2020

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