The Centre for Forensic and Interpersonal Risk Management (C-FIRM)

The Centre for Forensic and Interpersonal Risk Management (C-FIRM) has two main aims:

  1. To improve the quality of interpersonal relationships for individuals and couples. This includes conducting research exploring sexuality matters, enrichment of interpersonal interactions, and mediation and dispute resolution.
  2. To contribute risk assessment and mitigation strategies in corporate and forensic settings. Our work encompasses research into trauma and violence, interpersonal exploitation, psychopathy, and counter-productive work behaviour. C-FIRM also incorporates the Australian Centre for Arson Research and Treatment (ACART). Under ACART, Australia’s first manualised, evidence-based treatment program for deliberate firesetters (aged 14 years and over) has been developed.

Our focus is on providing practical solutions for real-world problems around forensic and interpersonal problematic behaviours. Internationally and domestically, C-FIRM aims to facilitate a community of learning by developing and disseminating a hub of information relevant for students, practitioners, clients, researchers and industry professionals. C-FIRM provides consultancy services as well as conducting research with industry partners and academic collaborators.

The co-directors

Dr Katarina Fritzon MA (Hons), MSc (Inv Psy), PhD, MAPS, MCCLP, MFC, is an Associate Professor at Bond University, on the Gold Coast, Australia. Dr Fritzon’s research interests include the psychology of firesetting, internet sexual offending, the links between early trauma and offending behaviour, and the manifestation of psychopathic personality characteristics in corporate and other non-criminal settings. Dr Fritzon is recognised as a world expert in the area of arson research, particularly in relation to her development of an empirically based model of firesetting behaviour which furthers our understanding of the psychological processes underlying arson. This model is widely cited and has been replicated across various samples of arsonists internationally. In addition to the development of this model, Dr Fritzon's other significant contribution to this research field is in relation to her clinical work with adults who have set fires. She was part of a clinical team that developed a treatment program that has subsequently been implemented in two forensic psychiatric hospitals in the UK. She has continued to work with adults with firesetting histories on an individual basis since coming to Australia, including a consultancy contract with NSW Corrections. While in the UK, Dr Fritzon was regularly consulted by the National Crime Faculty in relation to police investigations involving arson. Her other contributions to the area of policing and investigations included individual case consultations to Swedish and Finnish police forces, and providing training to Swedish, Finnish, Singapore and Queensland police investigators.

Katarina teaches into postgraduate and undergraduate programs, and supervises probationary psychologists. She also provides psychological services in the community to clients with a variety of clinical and forensic presentations, referred by GP’s, solicitors, probation and parole agencies and the Courts. Dr Fritzon currently serves on the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Psychologists Panel of Assessors); The Crime and Misconduct Commission Human Research Ethics Panel, and the Bond University Human Research Ethics Committee.

Dr Rebekah Doley BA (Hons), GradDip Psych Prac, MSc (Inv Psy), MPsy (Clin), PhD, MAPS, MCCLP, MFC, is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist with a history of researching and lecturing the psychology of serial firesetting in the UK, USA, NZ and Australia. As a result of her work in this area she has received several state and commonwealth accolades including the Queens Trust Award; CFS/S.A.Great Training and Research Award; Australian Commonwealth funding as well as various academic grants. In addition to lecturing domestically and internationally on this issue, Rebekah has developed a screening instrument for firefighters which has been introduced nationally in New Zealand. Rebekah has published widely in the area of clinical and forensic psychology and has research collaborations in criminology, law and industry groups. Rebekah is also an invited founding member of The Australian Bushfire Arson Prevention Initiative and a founding contributor for “Matchbook” (an online journal focusing on the prevention and treatment of juvenile firesetting). Based on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Rebekah is an Associate Professor in Psychology at Bond University and conducts a private consultancy practice specialising forensic and clinical psychological assessment and treatment, as well as family mediation and commercial / private dispute resolution. At Bond University in the School of Psychology, Rebekah teaches into post-graduate courses in forensic and clinical psychology, undertakes research and supervises provisional psychologists, and provides peer supervision. She also conducts practitioner and clinician training. In addition, she provides industry based workshops across a range of clinical and forensic areas including the assessment, risk mitigation and management of deliberate firesetters, as well as offering research consultancy in the fields of mediation and dispute resolution. Rebekah currently serves on the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (Psychologists Panel of Assessors) and the Executive Committee of Division 10 (Psychology and Law) of the International Association of Applied Psychology (Invited member.

Academic associates

Dr Bruce Watt is a Forensic and Clinical Psychologist, employed as an Assistant Professor with Bond University, and is Program Director for the Master of Psychology Forensic program. Dr Watt lectures in psychological assessment and forensic psychopathology. Commencing his career researching interventions with incarcerated violent offenders, he has subsequently investigated family based interventions for antisocial youth, predictors of juvenile violent recidivism, community correlates of violence and psychopathy, evaluation of a return to work assist program, animal cruelty and firesetting among juvenile offenders, and juvenile fitness for trial. Currently he is investigating arson-related homicides, high risk psychotic phenomena, juvenile threats of harm to others, and individual case study of skateboard injuries. Beyond academia, Bruce’s private practice specialises in forensic psychology assessment for Children’s Court, Criminal Court and Family Law. He has worked and provided supervision in forensic mental health for 18 years.

Jodie Bradnam is a Clinical Psychologist and full member of the Australian Psychological Society. Jodie is also completing her PhD and has worked as a Senior Teaching Fellow at Bond University since 2005, teaching Love, Sex and Relationships, a popular undergraduate Psychology Elective in the School of Psychology. She is actively involved in academic teaching and research and is passionate about the integration of research and clinical practice. Jodie’s research interests include the use of technology in romantic relationships and the role of attachment anxiety and attachment avoidance in determining relationship satisfaction and stability in relationships. In her clinical practice, Jodie provides interventions across the lifespan, with a special focus in the area of relationships and couples therapy. Jodie works with a range of adult presentations including depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, relationships, life transitions, parenting, perinatal issues, substance abuse and stress. Jodie uses Gottman Method Couples Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Emotion Focussed Therapy and supportive counselling in a nonjudgmental and safe environment. Jodie brings to her role a passion for supporting clients through challenging times, building resilience and life skills that promote personal growth and psychological wellbeing. 

Advisory board

The primary function of the Advisory Board is to advise on the major issues associated with the Centre for Forensic and Interpersonal Risk management (C-FIRM), including the approval of strategy, clarity of scope, definition and realisation of benefits, and the monitoring of risks, quality and timeliness. The Advisory Board takes responsibility for providing guidance on the feasibility and achievement of outcomes of C-FIRM, monitoring and reviewing the Centres’ status, as well as providing oversight of the Centre in general, including long-term strategies for success. It provides a stabilizing influence so clear directions are established and maintained with a visionary view in order to meet targets. Members of the Advisory Board ensure objectives are being adequately addressed and the project remains under control. In practice these responsibilities are carried out by performing the following functions:

  • Monitoring and review of the project at regular Advisory Board meetings;
  • Providing assistance and resources to the project when required;
  • Promoting acceptance of the project as identified in the mission 

Dr Daryl McPhee is the Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Society and Design at Bond University and an ex-director of the Commonwealth governments Fisheries Research and Development Corporation which administers $27 million worth of research funding nationally. He has published over seventy reports and publications include the textbook Fisheries Management in Australia (Federation Press). Dr McPhee has undertaken consulting projects on a range of projects including the impacts of dredging and spoil disposal, LNG plants and pipelines, sand extraction, bauxite mining, port developments, desalination, thermal discharge from power generation, and fisheries and marine aquaculture. He is internationally recognised as a leader in fisheries management research and in terms of recreational fishing, is one of the most well published researchers in Australia. Dr McPhee has prepared statutory environmental assessments and appraisals for the NSW Department of Planning for a range of marine and coastal projects, and been heavily involved in aquaculture planning in NSW.

Dr Robert Stadolnik is a licensed psychologist and President of FirePsych, Inc., a specialized private practice devoted to firesetting assessment, training, and research. Dr Stadolnik is the author of Drawn to the Flame: Assessment and Treatment of Juvenile Firesetting (Professional Resource Press, 2000) and the Firesetting Risk Assessment Tool-Youth (FirePsych, 2010). Since 1995 he has completed or supervised over 1500 firesetting behaviour assessments for youth and adults. Dr Stadolnik has completed research studies on adolescents in residential care and adolescent females and regularly consults to youth and adult serving agencies, schools, and state agencies. He has most recently served as Chief Treatment officer at Brandon Residential Center, overseeing their Rapid Firesetting Assessment (RFA) and Intensive Firesetting Treatment Program (IFTP). He also provides clinical and program consultation to Hopedale House, a community residence for adults with arson histories transitioning from hospital care to community living Dr Stadolnik provides trainings nationally and internationally on juvenile and adult firesetting.

Profile coming soon.

Our researchers

Evette Braunstein is a Clinical Psychologist and a PhD student. Evette has roles both in academia as a Teaching Fellow at Bond University and in private practice, working clinically with adults with a wide range of interpersonal issues and mental health presentations. Her PHD will investigate adult relationships, belief cultivation and the influence of media. She has previously worked in Physical Health, Drug and Alcohol Addiction settings as a Clinical Psychologist and group facilitator. 

Danielle Perks is a PhD student at Bond University. She is investigating juvenile firesetters in the community and correctional settings. Danielle completed her Bachelor's with Honours in Psychology at Swansea University and Master's in Forensic Psychology at Surrey University in the United Kingdom. Danielle works as a Teaching Fellow at Bond University and will be delivering the ACART firesetting treatment program in corrections and youth justice services throughout 2015. Her research interests include: juveniles, firesettting, sexual and violent offending, and psychopathy. 

Therese Ellis-Smith is a Forensic Psychologist specialising in the assessment of post-release risk for sex offenders. Therese is a PhD student investigating firesetting in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia. She completed her Master of Psychology (Forensic) at Monash University (Victoria). She has assumed a variety of roles within the Queensland and Victorian correctional systems over 25 years and has worked in both the public community corrections and private prison sector, in senior management, operational, policy and program development roles. She has been the Professional Development Officer for the Queensland College of Forensic Psychologists since 2012. She is a Board approved supervisor for Higher Degree programs and provides supervision for Forensic Masters students completing their internships at the Bond University Psychology Clinic.

Sarah Miller is a Senior Psychologist at the Park Centre for Mental Health in the High Secure Inpatient Service and is completing a PhD on deliberate firesetting at Bond University. Sarah is a registered psychologist in both Australia and the United Kingdom. She is also an Associate Fellow and Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), and a Specialist Operations Centre (Police), Expert Advisor, UK. Prior to moving to Australia eighteen months ago, Sarah was an advisor to the Scottish Risk Management Authority and a specialist forensic psychologist member of the UK Parole Board. Both roles involved giving advice and making decisions about offender risk assessment and risk management. She has fourteen years’ experience in the assessment and treatment of offenders and has conducted and published research within this domain. 

Melissa Beaton is a student of the Master of Psychology (Forensic) at Bond University. She is currently exploring the profile of mediators in Queensland. Melissa completed a Bachelor of Psychology (Honours​) at the University of South Australia and undertook a qualitative study examining client perspectives of Generalised Anxiety Disorder.  Melissa has previously worked with Central Queensland University’s Sleep Centre, and with the University of South Australia as an administrative assistant.  Her research interests include: mediation, restorative justice, group work, leadership, anxiety disorders, and social determinants of behaviour.

​Kerrilee Hollows is a forensic psychologist and Board approved supervisor for Higher Degree programs and provides supervision for Forensic Masters students completing their internships at the Bond University Psychology Clinic. She is a full member of the Australian Psychological Society, APS College of Forensic Psychologists, and APS Psychologists for Peace interest group. Before her appointment as Assistant Clinic Director at the Bond University Psychology Clinic, Kerrilee held Teaching Fellow and research positions across the psychology and criminology departments. Kerrilee works part-time in private practice providing psychological assessment and report writing services to the Queensland Courts for adult and adolescent matters. Kerrilee is published within the international literature in the areas of trauma, arson and genocide and is the 2012 recipient of the Machonochie Prize, a national prize awarded by the APS College of Forensic Psychologists for outstanding Forensic Psychology research. She is currently undertaking her Doctor of Philosophy studies, exploring the role of the victim-perpetrator dichotomy in acts of domestic violence. 

Ryan Bell is a Clinical Psychologist and PhD student. Originally born in Canada, Ryan completed his undergraduate education at the University of Waterloo in Ontario before moving to Australia to pursue a Master of psychology (clinical) degree at Bond University. Following graduation, Ryan has worked in academia, as a Senior Teaching Fellow for Bond University, in private practice on the Gold Coast of Australia, and in the prison system, as a Clinical Psychologist working under Dangerous Sex Offender legislation. Ryan’s PhD is principally concerned with the development of a psychological treatment model for firesetting offenders. He has contributed to several publications on the topic of the assessment and treatment of firesetting offenders and has been invited to speak on the topic of firesetting offenders by several professional and academic bodies.

Nathan Brooks is a Forensic Psychologist who has undergone specialised training in court and psychological assessment report writing and currently provides forensic assessment services for criminal and civil matters. Many of these assessment requests pertain to intellectual functioning, personality disorders, offending behaviour and individuals at risk. Nathan has also had specific experience in the assessment of psychopathy, deception and detecting lies. Through his role as a treating psychologist, he has provided psychological intervention services to both perpetrators and victims of crime. He has a background working with juvenile offenders involved with the justice system, as well as examining positive and destructive behaviour in the workplace. He has published in journals, books and presented at international conferences and taught at universities. He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and currently completing his PhD examining the interpersonal and intrapersonal skills of psychopathic individuals.

Jansen Ang is a Senior Principal Psychologist in the Singapore Ministry of Home Affairs and Assistant Professor (Adjunct) of Psychology at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Jansen has formally studied Forensic Psychology in the United Kingdom at Surrey University and he is now doing his PhD at Bond University, Australia on understanding Unlicensed Money Lending (UML) syndicates. He is the Deputy Director of Psychological Services at Immigrations and Checkpoints Authority in Singapore. Jansen is concurrently the Assistant Director of the Police Psychological Services Division, Immediate Ex-Head of the Operations and Forensic Psychology Branch of the Police Psychological Services Division in Singapore. He is also concurrently the Deputy Commanding Officer of the Crisis Negotiation Unit, Special Operations Command in Singapore. Jansen is a Member, Society of Police and Criminal Psychology, USA and was the Distinguished Graduate of the Home Affairs Senior Command and Staff Course. Apart from his full time duties, he serves as a mentor to the Home Team Behavioural Sciences Centre as well as on the Police Command and Staff Courses. 

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