Staff profile

Dr Dean Fido

Programme Leader and Lecturer in Forensic Psychology

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College of Health, Psychology and Social Care


University of Derby Online Learning

Research centre

Human Sciences Research Centre, Better Society





I joined the University of Derby in January of 2018. After completing my PhD at Nottingham Trent University, I completed post-doctoral research at the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging (University of Oxford) where I used MRI to [1] investigate relationships between psychology and pain, and [2] tested the efficacy of a novel painkiller. My area of expertise is in the judgements of crime; specifically sexual crimes and those involving the non-consensual dissemination of private sexual images (e.g., 'revenge porn', 'upskirting').

Teaching responsibilities

I am currently Programme Leader for the BSc Forensic Psychology degree and module lead Victimology and Independent Studies modules on our MSc degree. 

Professional interests

Outside of academia, I am a board member of MindSet Tech, a company which seeks to develop novel AI-driven means of assessing, understanding and intervening in student mental-wellbeing. 

Research interests

Membership of professional bodies


Recent publications

• Harper, C. A., Smith, L., & Fido, D. Development and validation of the Revenge porn Myth Scale (in prep, Sexual Abuse)
• Kotera, Y., & Fido, D. (2020, August 24). Effects of Shinrin-Yoku Retreat on Mental Health: A Pilot Study in Fukushima, Japan. (Submitted, International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction)
• Rothwell, M., Fido, D., & Heym, N., Dr. (2020, August 21). Perceptions around adult and child sex offenders and their rehabilitation varies mainly as a function of forensic education independent of perpetrator sex and traditionalism. (Submitted, Forensic Science International: Mind and Law)
• Fido, D., Rao, J., & Harper, C. Understanding judgements and attitudes towards Deepfake media production. (submitted, Sexual Abuse)
• Simonovic, B., Vione, K., Fido, D., Stupple, E., Martin, J., & Clarke, R. (2020, July 22). The impact of attitudes beliefs and cognitive reflection on the development of critical thinking skills in online students. (Submitted, Thinking Skills and Creativity)
• Fido, D., & Williams, S. (2018, December 17). A comparison of the manifestation of psychopathic traits between women with and without Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). (Submitted, Journal of Health Psychology)

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Dr Dean Fido, Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Derby, discusses the question: at what age do we really grow up?