About us

This site is run by academic psychologists from The Open University who are interested in counselling and forensic psychology. Follow the links below to find out more about us:


 16488F2E-5056-BB16-53B8FCD6642838A5 Catriona ‘Trina’ Havard

(Module Co-Chair – forensic)

I’ve been a Psychology lecturer at the Open University since 2011 and a member of the Forensic Cognition Research Group. My main area of research is face recognition, and  I am especially interested in how good eyewitnesses are at making identifications from police line-ups. The aim of my research is to make eyewitness evidence more reliable, especially for children and older adult (over 60 yrs) witnesses, and to reduce misidentifications that could lead to wrongful convictions. To see a short film about my research visit here

Click here for Trina’s OU page

 E0053878-5056-BB16-5346FDE2FF839A39 Andreas Vossler

(Module Co-Chair – counselling)

I’m Director of the Foundation Degree in Counselling and Senior Lecturer in Psychology at the OU, as well as systemic trained couple and family psychotherapist. I am currently also Co-Director of the Families, Relationships and Communities research group at the OU. My research is at the moment focused on therapeutic work with infidelity, Internet infidelity, family counselling and analysing therapy talk.

Click here for Andreas’ OU page

 E00C5C49-5056-BB16-53895FAA55301BCA Graham ‘G’ Pike

(Module Team – forensic)

I’m Professor of Forensic Cognition at The Open University and am currently Associate Director (Research) of the National Centre for Policing Research and Professional Development and Deputy Director of the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative. I conduct research on eyewitness evidence and have worked with over 15 UK police forces.

Click here for Graham’s OU page

 MegBarker_0 Meg John ‘MJ’ Barker

(Module Team – counselling)

I’m a senior lecturer in psychology at the OU as well as being a psychotherapist. My focus is on writing academically-informed self-help books and blogs which you can read about over on Rewriting the Rules. I’m also involved in training therapists and influencing policy and practice about gender and sexual diversity, and I’m passionate about mindfulness.

Click here for MJ’s OU page

 questionmarkface Bianca Raabe

(Module Team – counselling)

Click here for Bianca’s OU page


4 thoughts on “About us

  1. I am study with the OU I really want advice will this module be available to enroll on by Oct 2016 or would it b better to swap from BA (Hons) psychology to forensic psychology as I am wanting to pursue a career as a probation officer. im currently volunteering with Sussex pathways. im due to begin my 3rd year of my studies this autumn please help
    many thanks

    • HI Joanna

      I’m afraid the course isn’t available until Oct 2017 as we are still in the process of making it.


  2. hi i currently study with OU and i am on Q7 pathway BSc (hons) psychology just starting level 3 was planning on doing this mod as choice option for level 3, however on this pathway DE300 should be taken as final mod but OU have allowed those who want to do this mod to take DE300 before this one. A major part of DE300 is the final research project, in which we have a choice of methodologies, however those who have already taken level 3s involving research project are being restricted in choice depending on what they did in previous level 3, I am concerned in doing it the opposite way round my choice in methodology could have a knock on effect to what can be chosen in this mod if a research project is involved, could you offer any advice as to if a research project will be involved and which methodologies please.

  3. HI Claire

    I think its probably best to talk to the Psychology Student Support Team about this as they will have specific advice. There is no research component in this module though so it shouldn’t restrict what methodology you choose for your dissertation.


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