Fiona Dempsey

Exploring the role of control in intimate partner aggression.

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Fiona Dempsey

Fiona Dempsey

PhD Student
School of Psychology


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 investigates the validity of current conceptualisations of control in relation to intimate partner aggression.


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., Hammond, M., & Dixon, L. (2020). Investigating whether controlling and aggressive relationship behaviors are discriminant. Aggressive Behavior(46), 437-448.  

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

PhD topic

Control and intimate partner aggression


Director Forensic Programme
School of Psychology

Senior Lecturer in Methods and Statistics
School of Psychology