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Dr Naomi Moller

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  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer
  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences
  • School of Psychology
  • Psychology
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Professional biography

Qualifications

PhD, CPsychol, MA, BSc, BA

Role

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).

Professional affiliations

British Psychological Society - Chartered Psychologist and Member of Division of Counselling Psychology
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherpy - Registered Member

Recent Publications

A selection of my research publications can be viewed at The Open University's Open Research Online.

Books:

Vossler, A. & Moller, N.P., 2014. (Eds). The Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Handbook. London: Sage.

Chapters in edited books:

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 2013]:

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 research17(4), pp.253-268.

Rance, N., Clarke, V. and Moller, N., 2017. The anorexia nervosa experience: Shame, Solitude and Salvation. Counselling and Psychotherapy Research17(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 & Counselling45(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 psychology22(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 Research16 (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. 

Moller, N. P. & Rance, N., 2013: The good, the bad and the uncertainty: Trainees' perceptions of the personal development group, Counselling and Psychotherapy Research: Linking research with practice, 13 (4), 282-289.

Brown, E., Moller, N. & Ramsey-Wade, C., 2013. Recording therapy sessions: What do clients and therapists really think? Counselling and Psychotherapy Research: Linking research with practice, 13 (4), 246-253.

Conference papers (since 2013):

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.

Moller, N. P. & Vossler, A. (2013). Assumptions about fat counsellors: findings from a story-completion task. British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, annual research conference, Birmingham, May 10-11.

Clarke, V. & Moller, N. (2013). Exploring the pitfalls and possibilities of the story completion technique as a method for feminist qualitative research. British Psychological Society Psychology of Women Section Annual Conference, Windsor, 10-12 July.

Research interests

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: online infidelity and the impact of digital communication technologies on intimacy, embryo donation for family building, 'fat' in the therapy space, and the qualitative story completion method.

Teaching interests

DOCTORAL SUPERVISION

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.

Teaching

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.

Impact and engagement

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.

Publications

Young people’s perceptions of fat counsellors: “How can THAT help me?" (2019)
Moller, Naomi and Tischner, Irmgard
Qualitative Research in Psychology ((In Press))
[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 (2019)
Braun, Virginia; Clarke, Victoria; Frith, Hannah and Moller, Naomi
Qualitative Research in Psychology ((In Press))
[Special Issue Editorial] New Frontiers of Family: LGBTQ People Pushing Back the Boundaries of Family (2018-12-01)
Tasker, Fiona; Moller, Naomi; Clarke, Victoria and Hayfield, Nikki
Journal of Family Issues, 39(18) (pp. 4127-4132)
Receiving, or ‘Adopting’, Donated Embryos to Have Children: Parents Narrate and Draw Kinship Boundaries (2018-11)
Tasker, Fiona; Gubello, Alessio; Clarke, Victoria; Moller, Naomi; Nahman, Michal and Willcox, Rachel
Geneaology, 2, Article 25(3) ((Early Access))
Qualitative story completion: possibilities and potential pitfalls (2018)
Braun, Virginia; Clarke, Victoria; Hayfield, Nikki; Frith, Hannah; Malson, Helen; Moller, Naomi and Shah-Beckley, Iduna
Qualitative Research in Psychology ((Early Access))
How should we evaluate research on counselling and the treatment of depression? A case study on how NICE’s draft 2018 guideline considered what counts as best evidence (2017-12)
Barkham, Michael; Moller, Naomi P. and Pybis, Joanne
Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 17(4) (pp. 253-268)
The anorexia nervosa experience: Shame, Solitude and Salvation (2017-06)
Rance, Nicola; Clarke, Victoria and Moller, Naomi
Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 17(2) (pp. 127-136)
‘Eating disorders are not about food, they’re about life:’ Client perspectives on anorexia nervosa treatment (2017-04-01)
Rance, Nicola; Moller, Naomi P and Clarke, Victoria
Journal of Health Psychology, 22(5) (pp. 582-594)
Family therapy ‘lite’? How family counsellors conceptualise their primary care family work (2017)
Smith, Harriet; Moller, Naomi P. and Vossler, Andreas
British Journal of Guidance & Counselling, 45(5) (pp. 562-572)
Barriers to counselling experienced by British South Asian women: A thematic analysis exploration (2016-09)
Moller, Naomi; Burgess, Victoria and Jogiyat, Zainab
Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 16(3) (pp. 201-210)
‘We argue a lot and don’t talk with each other’: How distressed are families when seeking Relate family counselling? (2015-03)
Vossler, Andreas and Moller, Naomi
Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 15(1) (pp. 12-20)
Defining infidelity in research and couple counseling: a qualitative study (2015)
Moller, Naomi and Vossler, Andreas
Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 41(5) (pp. 487-497)
“If I See Somebody …. Therapist or Anything, I’ll Immediately Scope Them Out”: Anorexia Nervosa Clients’ Perceptions of Their Therapist’s Body (2014-04)
Rance, Nicola M.; Clarke, Victora and Moller, Naomi P.
Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention, 22(2) (pp. 111-120)
‘The relationship past can’t be the future’: couple counsellors’ experiences of working with infidelity (2014)
Vossler, Andreas and Moller, Naomi
Sexual and Relationship Therapy, 29(4) (pp. 424-435)
The good, the bad and the uncertainty: Trainees' perceptions of the personal development group (2013-12)
Moller, Naomi P. and Rance, Nicola
Counselling and Psychotherapy Research, 13(4) (pp. 282-289)
Qualitative Story Completion: A method with exciting promise (2018)
Braun, Virginia; Clarke, Victoria; Hayfield, Nikki; Moller, Naomi and Tischner, Irmgard
In: Liamputtong, Pranee ed. Innovative Research Methods in Health Social Sciences. Research Methods in Health Social Sciences (3) ((In press))
ISBN : 978-981-10-4291-1 | Publisher : Springer | Published : Singapore
Once Upon A Time…: Story Completion Methods (2017-03)
Clarke, Victoria; Hayfield, Nikki; Moller, Naomi and Tischner, Irmgard
In: Braun, Virginia; Clarke, Victoria and Gray, Debra eds. Collecting Qualitative Data: A Practical Guide to Textual, Media and Virtual Techniques (pp. 45-70)
ISBN : 9781107662452 | Publisher : Cambridge University Press | Published : Cambridge
Setting the scene: Why research matters (2014-10)
Vossler, Andreas; Moller, Naomi and Cooper, Mick
In: Vossler, Andreas and Moller, Naomi eds. The Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Handbook (pp. 3-16)
ISBN : 9781446255278 | Publisher : Sage
Attitudes to and perceptions of research (2014-10)
Vossler, Andreas and Moller, Naomi
In: Vossler, Andreas and Moller, Naomi eds. The Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Handbook (pp. 17-30)
Publisher : Sage
Next steps – Building on and using research in training and practice (2014-10)
Stratton, Peter; Moller, Naomi and Vossler, Andreas
In: Vossler, Andreas and Moller, Naomi eds. The Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Handbook (pp. 257-273)
ISBN : 9781446255278 | Publisher : Sage
The Counselling and Psychotherapy Research Handbook (2014-10-16)
Vossler, Andreas and Moller, Naomi eds.
ISBN : 9781446255261 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London

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