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  • Bond University, Faculty of Society and Design

    4229 Gold Coast


Accepting PhD Students

  • 366 Citations
  • 12 h-Index

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Personal profile

Research interests

I am originally from the UK and joined Bond University in 2005 as Program Director for the Masters in Forensic Psychology. I am a Registered Psychologist with Forensic and Clinical endorsement, and also a Chartered Forensic Psychologist in the UK.

My research in the area of crime and interpersonal risk management encompasses my primary focus on the psychology of deliberate fire-setting; as well as investigating the construct of the psychopathic personality within the workplace.

I am also interested, more generally, in personality pathology and its link to offending behaviour, and the relationship between trauma and violence.

My PhD was on the topic of deliberate fire-setting, and together with colleagues from Broadmoor Special Hospital I subsequently developed a treatment program for this offence. Simultaneously, I pursued research in the areas of personality pathology in general and psychopathic personality in particular.

I am currently engaged in several inter-related research studies, under a program of research collaboration, with a colleague from the field of Business Management in the U.S.

Research interests

Currently I am supervising four HDR students whose topics include:

  • Psychopathic personality characteristics and counter-productive work behaviour
  • Risk assessment and management in deliberate fire-setting
  • The link between early trauma and domestic violence
  • Investigating the personality characteristics of illegal money lending operatives.

External positions

University of Surrey

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Research Output

  • 366 Citations
  • 12 h-Index
  • 23 Article
  • 12 Chapter
  • 4 Other chapter contribution

Criminal and Noncriminal Psychopathy: The Devil is in the Detail

Brooks, N., Fritzon, K., Watt, B. D., Duncan, K. & Madsen, L., 2020, Corporate Psychopathy: Investigating Destructive Personalities in the Workplace. Fritzon, K., Brooks, N. & Croom, S. (eds.). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 79-105 27 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

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    Expert Consensus Definition of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in Australia

    Knorre, Z. L., Watt, B. D., Fritzon, K. & Phelan, A., 26 Jan 2020, In : Journal of Human Trafficking. 13 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  • Juvenile firsetters as multiple problem youth with particular interests in fire: A meta-analysis

    Perks, D., Watt, B. D., Fritzon, K. & Doley, R. M., 2019, In : Aggression and Violent Behavior. 47, p. 189-203 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    The effects of empathy, emotional intelligence and psychopathy on interpersonal interactions

    Owens, E. S., McPharlin, F. W. H., Brooks, N. & Fritzon, K., 2 Jan 2018, In : Psychiatry, Psychology and Law. 25, 1, p. 1-18 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

  • Arson

    Fritzon, K., 2016, The encyclopedia of crime and punishment. Jennings, W. G. (ed.). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, Vol. 1-111.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther chapter contributionResearchpeer-review

  • Activities

    • 1 Oral presentation

    European Association of Psychology and Law

    Katarina Fritzon (Speaker)
    26 Jun 2018

    Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation

    Press / Media

    How to spot a psychopath

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    The Psychopath in the Corner Office

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    Going psycho: Research matches corporate leaders to prison lags

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    Student theses

    Understanding the Manifestation of Psychopathic Personality Characteristics Across Populations

    Author: Brooks, N., 7 Oct 2017

    Supervisor: Fritzon, K. (Supervisor) & Watt, B. D. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis