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


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