Fiona Lerigo

Fiona Lerigo

School of Psychology
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

School of Psychology
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Fiona is undertaking doctoral research into Intimate Partner Violence. She is elaborating a theoretical framework of specific cognitive and emotional processes that are involved in the continuity and discontinuity of emotional control and psychological abuse, in both populations who are or have been victims or perpetrators or those whose background would put them at significant risk.


  • MSc Organizational Psychology
  • PGCE 
  • BSc Human Psychology


Fiona previously studied Human Psychology at degree level at De Montfort University before undertaking a Masters at Birkbeck College, University of London. She has also worked as a psychology lecturer, a work psychologist and management consultant, for a number of agencies and industries in the UK. She has previously researched driving behaviour and at-work risk taking.

Doctoral research

PhD title
Resilience and Discontinuity in Emotional Control and Psychological Intimate Partner Abuse. Supervisors: Dr Louise Dixon and Dr Michael Larkin


Research interests

Intimate Partner Violence esp. Controlling behaviours and Psychological Violence. Compassion. Empathy, Resilience, Specific mechanisms and processes. 

Other activities

Fiona is a member of the Institute of Human Factors and Ergonomics, and continues to attend seminars and events in transportation risk. She is also a member of BPS.