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Dean Fido

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Dean Fido. PhD (born 1989) is a British psychologist, coach, and consultant. He holds a doctorate in forensic cognitive neuroscience[1] and is Programme Leader for the master's degree in Forensic Psychology at the University of Derby[2] and is the co-chair of the European Research Committee for the Aftermath: Surviving Psychopathy Foundation. His research is focused on public perceptions of offending behaviour and predictors of motivations to engage in offending behaviour, specifically image-based sexual abuse and physical sexual abuse. He is also an expert in psychopathy[3] and psychopathy-related personality traits[4].

Early life and education[edit]

Fido was born in Nottinghamshire, UK. He completed his BSc in Psychology w/ Criminology, his MSc in Forensic Psychology, and his PhD in forensic cognitive neuroscience[1] at Nottingham Trent University.

Academic career[edit]

Fido moved to the University of Oxford to undertake post-doctoral research within the Oxford Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain (FMRIB) in 2014, where he worked under the supervision of Prof. Irene Tracey on projects involving pain, analgesia, and migraine. In 2018, he got a lectureship position at the University of Derby within the University of Derby Online Learning team in the field of psychology[5]. In 2020, Fido was briefly made programme leader for the BSc Forensic Psychology at the University of Derby before taking leadership of the MSc Forensic Psychology programme[6].


Fido's research portfolio is extensive[7], with a large focus on facilitating the publication of undergraduate and postgraduate student work[8]. Core areas of his work focus on psychopathy-related personality traits[1][9], nature connectedness[10][11][12], and student attainment and well being[13].

More recently, Fido, alongside his colleague and collaborator Dr. Craig Harper of Nottingham Trent University, has produced an extensive programme of research into the psychological understanding of image-based sexual abuse. This includes work on revenge pornography[14], upskirting[15], and deepfake pornography[16]. Dr. Fido has reviewed seminal work in the area[17], has been invited to deliver keynote speeches at the Wisconsin Chapter of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers in 2021 and the NL-Association for the Prevention of Sexual Offenses[18] in 2022

has discussed this work at two keynote conferences.

Public engagement[edit]

Fido has appeared as a guest on a number of podcasts and radio programmes[19][20]. He has a history of contributing to governmental policy[21] in the area of domestic abuse and has also featured in The Times Higher Education on professional [22]and academic development[23][24][8] matters.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Fido was awarded the prestigious Vice Chancellor's bursary at Nottingham Trent University in 2012.[25]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Fido, D. (August 2015). Electrophysiological indices of the violence inhibition mechanism and their associations with physical agression, callous-unemotional traits, and dietary omega-3 (doctoral thesis). Nottingham Trent University.
  2. "Dr Dean Fido". Retrieved 2022-05-18.
  3. Wallace, Louise; Fido, Dean; Sumich, Alexander L.; Heym, Nadja (2022-05-12). "A systematic review on the current conceptualisations of successful psychopathy". Forensic Science International: Mind and Law: 100076. doi:10.1016/j.fsiml.2022.100076. ISSN 2666-3538. Unknown parameter |s2cid= ignored (help)
  4. Fido, Dean; Santo, Miguel G. E.; Bloxsom, Claire A. J.; Gregson, Michael; Sumich, Alexander L. (2017-11-01). "Electrophysiological study of the violence inhibition mechanism in relation to callous-unemotional and aggressive traits". Personality and Individual Differences. Robert Stelmack: Differential Psychophysiology. 118: 44–49. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2017.01.049. ISSN 0191-8869.
  5. "Dr Dean Fido". Retrieved 2022-05-18.
  6. "Dr Dean Fido". Retrieved 2022-05-18.
  7. "Dean Fido". Retrieved 2022-05-18.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Research time disappearing before your eyes? Try student collaborations". THE Campus Learn, Share, Connect. 2021-12-23. Retrieved 2022-05-18.
  9. Fido, Dean; Heym, Nadja; Bloxsom, Claire A. J.; Hunter, Kirsty A.; Gregson, Michael; Sumich, Alexander (2021-02-01). "Don't slap the fish: The relationship between dietary omega-3 intake and physical aggression is mediated by motor inhibition in response to distressed faces". Personality and Individual Differences. Celebrating 40th anniversary of the journal in 2020. 169: 110062. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2020.110062. ISSN 0191-8869. Unknown parameter |s2cid= ignored (help)
  10. Fido, Dean; Richardson, Miles (2019-06-01). "Empathy Mediates the Relationship Between Nature Connectedness and Both Callous and Uncaring Traits". Ecopsychology. 11 (2): 130–137. doi:10.1089/eco.2018.0071. Unknown parameter |s2cid= ignored (help)
  11. Fido, D.; Rees, A.; Clarke, P.; Petronzi, D.; Richardson, M. (2020-12-01). "Examining the connection between nature connectedness and dark personality". Journal of Environmental Psychology. 72: 101499. doi:10.1016/j.jenvp.2020.101499. ISSN 0272-4944. Unknown parameter |s2cid= ignored (help)
  12. Richardson, Miles; Hunt, Anne; Hinds, Joe; Bragg, Rachel; Fido, Dean; Petronzi, Dominic; Barbett, Lea; Clitherow, Theodore; White, Matthew (January 2019). "A Measure of Nature Connectedness for Children and Adults: Validation, Performance, and Insights". Sustainability. 11 (12): 3250. doi:10.3390/su11123250. ISSN 2071-1050.
  13. Kotera, Yasuhiro; Taylor, Elaina; Fido, Dean; Williams, Dan; Tsuda-McCaie, Freya (2021-09-22). "Motivation of UK graduate students in education: self-compassion moderates pathway from extrinsic motivation to intrinsic motivation". Current Psychology: 1–14. doi:10.1007/s12144-021-02301-6. ISSN 1936-4733. PMC 8455232 Check |pmc= value (help). PMID 34566390 Check |pmid= value (help).
  14. Fido, Dean; Harper, Craig A.; Davis, Mia A.; Petronzi, Dominic; Worrall, Sophie (April 2021). "Intrasexual Competition as a Predictor of Women's Judgments of Revenge Pornography Offending". Sexual Abuse. 33 (3): 295–320. doi:10.1177/1079063219894306. ISSN 1079-0632. PMID 31874590. Unknown parameter |s2cid= ignored (help)
  15. Harper, Craig A.; Fido, Dean; Petronzi, Dominic (2021-05-01). "Delineating non-consensual sexual image offending: Towards an empirical approach". Aggression and Violent Behavior. 58: 101547. doi:10.1016/j.avb.2021.101547. ISSN 1359-1789. Unknown parameter |s2cid= ignored (help)
  16. Fido, Dean; Rao, Jaya; Harper, Craig A. (2022-04-01). "Celebrity status, sex, and variation in psychopathy predicts judgements of and proclivity to generate and distribute deepfake pornography". Computers in Human Behavior. 129: 107141. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2021.107141. ISSN 0747-5632. Unknown parameter |s2cid= ignored (help)
  17. Fido, Dean (February 2020). "Matthew Hall and Jeff Hearn, Revenge Pornography: Gender, Sexualities and Motivations". Sexualities. 23 (1–2): 108–109. doi:10.1177/1363460719872725. hdl:10545/624245. ISSN 1363-4607. Unknown parameter |s2cid= ignored (help)
  18. "nl-atsa | Vereniging voor de Preventie van Zedendelicten" (in Nederlands). Retrieved 2022-05-18.
  19. "012 – Dr Dean Fido on the Ikigai 9". Ikigai Tribe. Retrieved 2022-05-18.
  20. Sally Pepper : BBC Radio Derby : February 13, 2020 10:00AM-11:00AM GMT, BBC Radio Derby, 2020-02-13, retrieved 2022-05-18
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  22. Fido, Dean (2021-02-11). "How to say no – and do it successfully". Times Higher Education (THE). Retrieved 2022-05-18.
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  24. Ho, Miu Hing; Fido, Dean; Simonovic, Boban (September 2021). "An Investigation of the Learning Motivation of Student Studying Accounting Courses in China". International Journal of Learning and Teaching: 219–225. doi:10.18178/ijlt.7.3.219-225. ISSN 2377-2891. Unknown parameter |s2cid= ignored (help)
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