Fiona Dempsey

Exploring the role of control in intimate partner aggression.


I completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Criminology and Psychology at the University of Auckland in 2013. Working in prisons in both a voluntary and in a paid capacity, consequently led me to return to study a Masters in Forensic Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington. My PhD research will use a mixed-methods approach to investigate the role of power and control in interpersonal aggression and violence.


Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Criminology
Bachelor of Science (First class Honours) in Psychology
Masters in Forensic Psychology

Research Interests

Intimate partner violence, the relationship between psychopathology and aggression, social psychology


Dempsey, F. (2017). Developing a psychologically informed typology of partner violent women (Masters thesis). Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand.

PhD topic

Exploring the role of control in intimate partner aggression