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Dr Katarina Fritzon  

MSc (Surrey), PhD (Liverpool), MA Hons (Aberdeen),,

Dr Katarina Fritzon
Associate Professor
Faculty of Society and Design
Bond University QLD 4229

Associate Professor

Faculty of Society and Design

Office Telephone Number
Within Australia:
From overseas:

7 559 52681
+61 7 559 52681
Building Level: 3
Building: 1a. Faculty of Society and Design
Location: Bond University
Professional Biography
Katarina is originally from the UK and joined Bond University in 2005. She is currently Course Director for the Masters in Forensic Psychology.
She is a Registered Psychologist in Queensland and New South Wales, and also a Chartered Forensic Psychologist in the UK.
Her PhD was in the Psychology of Malicious Fire setting, and she has undertaken both clinical and investigative work in the area of arson. She was an accredited Behavioural Investigative Adviser with the National Crime Faculty in the UK and provided assistance to over 30 police investigations of arson. She completed her Chartership training at Broadmoor Special Hospital where she was involved in setting up one of the UKs first treatment programmes for arsonists.
Katarina’s research has contributed to theoretical development of models of understanding criminal behaviour, with a specific focus on differentiating criminal actions within the broader framework of Faceted Action Systems Theory (FAST) (Shye, 1985). The original forensic application of the FAST framework was to actions associated with fire setting (Canter and Fritzon, 1998) and evidence for the applicability of this framework for understanding a variety of different criminal behaviours has been found in studies of school homicides (Fritzon and Brun, 2005), intrafamilial homicide (Fritzon and Garbutt, 2001) and terrorist hostage taking (Fritzon, Canter and Wilton, 2001).
Master of Science - University of Surrey
Doctor of Philosophy - University of Liverpool
Master of Arts Honours - University of Aberdeen
Professional admission & memberships

Reigstered Psychologist QLD and NSW

Member of the Australian Psychologist Society

Member of the APS Forensic College

Member of the British Psychological Society

Member of Division of Forensic Psychology (BPS)

Chartered Forensic Psychologist (BPS)

Teaching expertise
Psychology and the Law (PSYC71-517)
Special Category Offenders (PSYC71-516)
Forensic Psychology (PSYC71-407)
Introduction to Forensic Psychology(PSYC13-339)
Subject list

PSYC71-406 Counselling Psychology

PSYC13-306 Introduction to Counselling Psychology

PSYC71-516 Forensic Psychology 1: Special Category Offenders

PSYC71-517 Forensic Psychology 2 : Psychology and the Law

PSYC71-518 Forensic Psychology 3 : Forensic Mental Health

Research interests & research expertise

Katrina is currently developing ideas around assessing motivation in arsonists using the FAST framework, focusing on the implications for risk assessment and management of arsonists.

Research partners & collaborators

Dr Danny Sullivan - Forensicare, Victoria

Katarina Fritzon
(Personal researcher page)

Recent Publications
  • The role of fear avoidance beliefs in return to work post-injury
  • Investigating the relationship between social support and durable return to work
  • Risk factors for recidivistic arson in adult offenders
  • Juvenile fire-setting: A review of treatment programs
  • Theories on arson: The action systems model
  • 'Ordinary men' or 'evil monsters'?: An action systems model of genocidal actions and characterisics of perpetrators
  • Examining the role of similarity coefficients and the value of behavioural themes in attempts to link serial arson offences
  • Variations in the offence actions of deliberate firesetters: A cross-national analysis
  • Profiling arson
  • Linking arson incidents on the basis of crime scene behavior
  • Risk factors and risk assessment in juvenile fire-setting
  • Looking at the characteristics of adult arsonists from a narrative perspective
  • Arson
  • Functional consistency in female forensic psychiatric patients: An action system theory approach
  • Personality and social risk factors for driving offences
  • Assessing the reliability of interviews with vulnerable witnesses
  • Investigating the nature of expressiveness in stranger, acquaintance and intrafamilial homicides
  • Crime prevention
  • Research methods in forensic psychology
  • Assessment and treatment of fire-setters