PhD, CPsychol, MA, BSc, BA
I started at The Open University in July 2014 as a Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, becoming a Senior Lecturer in 2016. Currently I am Co-Chair of production on the new 60-credit Level 2 undergraduate counselling module, D241.
I also have a role as Research Consultant for the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, a professional body for UK counsellors and psychotherapists, having previously (2016-2018) worked part-time as Joint Research Lead for the BACP.
I see a small number of therapy clients weekly (pro bono) through the charity Listening Post in Gloucestershire.
My previous academic job was at the University of the West of England (UWE).
British Psychological Society - Chartered Psychologist and Member of Division of Counselling Psychology
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherpy - Registered Member
A selection of my research publications can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.
Vossler, A. & Moller, N.P., 2014. (Eds). The Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Handbook. London: Sage.
Clarke, V., Hayfield, N. & Moller, N., in press. A critical review of the interdisciplinary literature on voluntary childlessness. In, (Eds Julie Rodgers & Helene Cummins), The Truth about (M)Otherhood: Choosing to be Childfree. Demeter Press.
Braun, V., Clarke, V., Hayfield, N., Moller, N. & Tischner, I., 2018. Tell me a story…: Story completion methods. In Liamputtong, P. (Ed.), Research methods in health and social sciences. Springer.
Clarke, V., Hayfield, N., Moller, N. & Tischner, I., 2017. Once Upon a Time… Story completion tasks. In V. Clarke & V. Braun (Eds.), Collecting qualitative data: A practical guide to textual, media and virtual techniques. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Vossler, A., Moller, N. & Cooper, M., 2014. Setting the scene - Why research matters. In A. Vossler & N. Moller (eds.), The Counselling & Psychotherapy Research Handbook. London: Sage. 312pp, ISBN: 978-1446255278.
Vossler, A. & Moller, N., 2014. Attitudes to and perceptions of research. In A. Vossler & N. Moller (eds.), The Counselling & Psychotherapy Research Handbook. London: Sage. 312pp, ISBN: 978-1446255278.
Stratton, P., Moller, N. & Vossler, A., 2014. Next steps – Building on and using research in training and practice. In A. Vossler & N. Moller (eds.), The Counselling & Psychotherapy Research Handbook. London: Sage312pp, ISBN: 978-1446255278.
Journal articles [since 2014]:
Vossler, A. & Moller, N. P. accepted. Internet Affairs: Partners’ perceptions and experiences of internet infidelity. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy Impact Factor 1.935
Jackson, C., Ryan, G., Moller, N. & Davies, R. accepted. Who Attends Couples’ Counselling in the UK and Why. Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy Impact Factor 1.935
Willcox, R., Moller, N. P. & Clarke, V. accepted. Exploring attachment incoherence in bereaved families’ therapy narratives. The Family Journal.
Ryan, G., Jackson, C. & Moller, N. accepted. Counsellors in the NHS: A mixed method study of efficacy and satisfaction from the counsellor perspective. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research.
Clarke, V., Braun, V., Frith, H. & Moller, N., 2019. Editorial Introduction to the Special Issue: Using Story Completion Methods in Qualitative Research. Story completion: The best* new method for qualitative data collection you’ve never even heard of. Qualitative Research in Psychology. Impact Factor 1.667
Braun, V., Clarke, V., Hayfield, N., Frith, H., Malson, H., Moller, N. & Shah-Beckley, I. 2019. Qualitative story completion: possibilities and potential pitfalls. Qualitative Research in Psychology pp. 1–20 Impact Factor 1.667
Moller, N., P., Tischner, I., & Clarke, V., 2019. Young people’s perceptions of fat therapists: “How can THAT help me?” Special Issue: Using Story Completion Methods in Qualitative Research, Qualitative Research in Psychology. Impact Factor 1.667
Tasker, F., Gubello, A., Clarke, V., Moller, N., Nahman, M. & Willcox, R., 2018. Receiving, or ‘adopting’, donated embryos to have children: Parents narrate and draw kinship boundaries. Genealogy.
Tasker, F., Moller, N., Clarke, V. & Hayfield, N., 2018. Special Issue Editorial: ‘New Frontiers of Family: LGBTQ People Pushing Back the Boundaries of Family’ Journal of Family Issues.
Barkham, M., Moller, N.P. and Pybis, J., 2017. How should we evaluate research on counselling and the treatment of depression? A case study on how the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence's draft 2018 guideline for depression considered what counts as best evidence. Counselling and psychotherapy research, 17(4), pp.253-268.
Rance, N., Clarke, V. and Moller, N., 2017. The anorexia nervosa experience: Shame, Solitude and Salvation. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 17(2), pp.127-136.
Smith, H., Moller, N.P. and Vossler, A., 2017. Family therapy ‘lite’? How family counsellors conceptualise their primary care family work. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 45(5), pp.562-572.
Rance, N., Moller, N.P. and Clarke, V., 2017. ‘Eating disorders are not about food, they’re about life’: client perspectives on anorexia nervosa treatment. Journal of health psychology, 22(5), pp.582-594.
Moller, N., Burgess, V., & Jogiyat, Z. 2016. Barriers to counselling experienced by British South Asian women: A thematic analysis exploration. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 16 (3), 201-210.
Moller, N. P. & Vossler, A. 2015. Defining infidelity in research and couple counseling: A qualitative study. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 41(5), 487-497.
Vossler, A. & Moller, N. 2015. “We argue a lot and don’t talk with each other”: How distressed are families when seeking Relate family counselling? Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 15(1), 12-20.
Topham, P., Moller, N. P. & Davies, H., 2015. Social anxiety in learning: Stages of change in a sample of UK undergraduates. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 40(1), 125-145.
Vossler, A. & Moller, N. P., 2014. “The relationship past can’t be the future”: Couple counsellors’ experiences of working with infidelity. Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 29(4), 424-435.
Rance, N. M., Clarke, V. & Moller, N. P. 2014. “If I See Somebody …. Therapist or Anything, I’ll Immediately Scope Them Out”: Anorexia Nervosa Clients’ Perceptions of Their Therapist’s Body. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 22 (2), 111-120.
Conference papers (since 2014):
Moller, N. P., Vossler, A. Client experiences of pre-treatment counselling for embryo donation for family formation. Society for Psychotherapy Research, July 4-6, 2019, Buenos Aires.
Dubrow-Marshall, R. & Moller, N. Setting up a research study and protocol for evaluating the effectiveness of a counselling service: database, methods and analysis. British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Conference, Belfast, May 16-18, 2019.
Moller, N. P., Tischner, I. & Vossler, A. Using Story Completion Tasks to explore perceptions about mental health in a work context. British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Conference, Belfast, May 16-18, 2019.
Tischner, I., Moller, N. P., & Vossler, A. Using Story Completion Tasks to explore perceptions about mental health in a work context. Qualitative story completion: an innovative method with exciting potential for health research. 4th Qualitative Health Research Network, ‘Crafting the Future of Qualitative Health Research in a Changing World' at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London, March 21-22, 2019.
Moller, N. P, Braun, G., Clarke, V. & Frith, H. Qualitative story completion: an innovative method with exciting potential for health research. 4th Qualitative Health Research Network, ‘Crafting the Future of Qualitative Health Research in a Changing World' at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London, March 21-22, 2019.
Moller, N.P., Willcox, R., Clarke, V., Tasker, F. & Nahman, M. (2018) Genetic families: Counselling implications of embryo donation for family formation. BACP Research Conference, London, May 11-12.
Willcox, R. & Moller, N. P. (2017). Inductive-Deductive Thematic Analysis for Transcript Analysis:
Flexible, accessible and rigorous. Society for Psychotherapy Research, Oxford, September 23.
Moller, N. P. & Clarke, V. (2017). Embryo donation and the challenge to family. BSA Human Reproduction Study Group Conference, Leicester University, May 23rd 2017.
Clarke, V., Hayfield, N. and Moller, N. (2016). Once upon a time…Qualitative Story Completion Methods. Collecting Qualitative Data: Beyond the Face-to-Face Interview, University of the West of England, Bristol, November 3rd.
Vossler, A. & Moller, N. P. (2016). Family therapy ‘lite’? Systemic family counselling in a primary care context. The Association of Family Therapy annual conference, Brighton, September 15-16 2016.
Moller, N., Wilcox, R. & Vossler, A. (2016). The impact of a grief intervention with bereaved families: a thematic analysis of therapy transcripts. The Society for Psychotherapy Research, Jerusalem, Israel, June 23-25.
Moller, N. & Clarke, V. (2016). Embryo donation for family building Perceptions of donation, family and disclosure: A qualitative story completion study. New Frontiers of Family seminar series, The Open University, Manchester campus, May 11 2016.
Moller, N. & Vossler, A. (2016). Internet Infidelity: Perceptions, experiences & implications for therapeutic practice. Seminar series: Couple and sexual relationships in the 21st century: New challenges for partners and practitioners. Open University campus, London, 23 March, 2016.
Braun, V., Clarke, V., Hayfield, N., Moller, N. & Tischner, I. (2016). Exploring the possibilities of story completion methods for experiential and critical qualitative research. Qualitative Methodology Forum, University of Bath, March 22.
Braun, V., Clarke, V. & Moller, N. (2015). Researching meanings, perceptions or constructions using story completion: An introductory workshop. BPS Qualitative Methods in Psychology Conference, Anglia Ruskin, Cambridge, September 2-4.
Moller, N. P. & Clarke, V. C. (2015). Embryo donation for family building: Perceptions of family in the context of fertility treatment: Using a story stem technique. BPS Psychology of Women Annual Conference, Windsor, July 8-10.
Moller, N. P. (2015). Embryo donation for family building – troubling understandings of kinship. Troubling Families: A FaRComm Symposium, Open University, Milton Keynes, , June 29.
Moller, N. P. & Vossler, A. (2015). Perceptions and experiences of Internet infidelity: views of the general public. Society for Psychotherapy Research annual conference, University of Pennsylvania, USA, June 25-27.
Moller, N. P. & Vossler, A. (2015) Why are therapy transcripts important for counselling & psychotherapy research? Researching Therapy Talk: Qualitative methods for analysing Counselling and Psychotherapy transcripts, London, OU Camden, 22 May 2015.
Moller, N. P. & Vossler, A. (2015): Perceptions and experiences of Internet infidelity: views of couple counsellors and members of the general public. British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, annual research conference, Nottingham, May 15-16.
Moller, N. P. (2014). Using the story stem method to examine understandings of fat in the counselling room. ‘Appearance Matters 6’, Bristol, July 1-2.
Vossler, A. & Moller, N.P. (2014). Assumptions about overweight counsellors. The ‘Fourth International Conference on Health, Wellness and Society’, Vancouver, Canada, March 15.
Having trained as a Counselling Psychologist, my research interests are broadly focused on counselling and psychotherapy practice and mental health and wellbeing. I have a particular interest in relationship functioning for couples and families and the therapy experiences of stigmatized populations.
Current research projects include: healthcare for trans and nonbinary adults, infidelity and intimacy in online spaces, embryo donation for family building (a form of donor conception), perceptions of mental health in a work context and outcomes of couple counselling in a large community sample, and the qualitative story completion method.
Research funding (last 5 years)
2018 Project Title: ‘Before, During and After Adult Gender Identity Specialist Services: Improving the integration of care’ Funder: NIHR. Co-Investigators: Richard Holti (PI); Peter Keogh; Cristina Quinones. Grant: £711,854.80; granted August 2018; grant runs from March 2019.
2016-2017 Project Title: Internet infidelity. Funder: ESRC Kick-starting Impact Award. Co-Investigators: Andreas Vossler (Open University, co-PI), Bernie Hogan (Oxford University Internet Institute). Grant: £7,479.19
2015-2016 Project title: ‘New Frontiers of Family: The psychological implications of emerging family forms’. Funder: British Psychological Society (Seminar Series competition). Co-Investigators: Dr. Victoria Clarke and Dr. Nikki Hayfield (University of the West of England) & Dr. Fiona Tasker (Birkbeck, University of London). Grant: £3,000. http://www.open.ac.uk/ccig/events/new-frontiers-of-family
I have a long history of doctoral supervision and am currently supervising two students:
Michelle Oldale, Co-supervisors Dr. Helen Bowes-Catton and Dr. Rose Capdevila, Thesis Title: Between Shame and Pride – the nature and experience of the double shame bind in Fat Activist communities.
Louise Richardson, Co-supervisor Dr. Andreas Vossler, Thesis Title: Exploring influences on perceptions of recovery in anorexia nervosa
I have also been an External Examiner for both Counselling Psychology Professional Doctorates and PhDs. If you are interested in doing a PhD with me, please do email me.
I have a history of programme and module leadership both at the OU and in my prior institution, predominantly in the area of counselling/counselling psychology.
I am committed to ensuring that the research that I engage in is communicated to broader audiences and have a history of organizing research seminars and practitioner trainings as well as giving talks to mixed or non-academic audiences.
Recent talks include:
June 2018 Invited Talk ‘Internet Infidelity: Perceptions, experiences and implications for therapeutic practice?’ COSRT [College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists] conference June 9 2018, 'Sex in the digital age-the impact on attachment and intimacy', London
March 2018 Invited talk ‘Systematic reviews for an NHS and the problems with the Depression guideliens review: Does NICE need to change its methodology?’New Savoy Conference: A new deal for depression. London
January 2018 Invited talk ‘NICE Guideline for depression and the implications for counselling.’ NHS Dorset Counselling Conference, Wimbourne.
October 2017 Invited talk ‘Donor Conception Families: Key findings from three decades of psychological research.’ Donor Conception Network, autumn conference, Bristol, October 14.