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Dr Nichola Tyler

Lecturer in Psychology (Clinical Focused)


Nichola Tyler


Research interests

  • Forensic mental health
  • Trauma/PTSD and its impact on offending, rehabilitation, and recidivism
  • Treatment evaluation and effectiveness
  • Deliberate firesetting/arson

Forensic mental health

My research interests in forensic mental health fit into two broad themes. Firstly, I am interested in the mental health needs of those in contact with the criminal justice system and how these can be effectively addressed as part of rehabilitation efforts through examining and evaluating novel methods and models for delivering mental health care within forensic settings. My recent research in this area has involved conducting a large piece of epidemiological research, with colleagues from the NHS, examining the prevalence of mental health needs of men and women across 13 prisons in the UK.  Secondly, I am interested in the role mental health symptoms play in the offence process and rehabilitation pathway, particularly trauma symptoms and PTSD.  

Deliberate firesetting/arson

I am interested in research examining all aspects of adult perpetrated deliberate firesetting/arson; although, I have a particular interest in developing evidence based practice for assessment and intervention for this behaviour. To date my research in this area has focused on identifying the characteristics and treatment needs of men and women who have set deliberate fires, exploring the pathways to firesetting for individuals with mental health issues, as well as leading on the evaluation of the Firesetting Intervention Programme for People with a Mental Disorder (FIP-MO; Gannon & Lockerbie, 2011). My current research is focused on evaluating the long-term effectiveness of the FIP-MO programme along with its sister programme for those in prisons (the FIPP; Gannon, 2012). I also have an interest in developing new methods for the assessment of fire interest.

Key papers

  • Tyler, N., Gannon, T., Lockerbie, L., & Ó Ciardha, C. (2017). An Evaluation of a Specialist Firesetting Treatment Programme for Male and Female Mentally Disordered Offenders (The FIP-MO). Clinical Psychology And Psychotherapy. doi:10.1002/cpp.2172
  • Ó Ciardha, C., Tyler, N., & Gannon, T. (2016). A practical guide to assessing adult firesetters' fire-specific treatment needs using the Four Factor Fire Scales. Psychiatry: Interpersonal And Biological Processes, 78, 293-304. doi:10.1080/00332747.2015.1061310
  • Tyler, N., & Gannon, T. (2015). Pathways to Firesetting for Mentally Disordered Offenders: A Preliminary Examination. International Journal Of Offender Therapy And Comparative Criminology, 1-18. doi:10.1177/0306624X15611127
  • Tyler, N., Gannon, T., Dickens, G., & Lockerbie, L. (2015). Characteristics that predict firesetting in male and female mentally disordered offenders. Psychology, Crime & Law, 21, 776-797. doi:10.1080/1068316X.2015.1054382

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