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Lecturer in Psychology and Counselling, The Open University

Dr Tanya Beetham is a Chartered Psychologist and a Counsellor and Psychotherapist. Tanya currently works as a Lecturer in Psychology and Counselling at The Open University, UK. Her research is centred around domestic abuse, trauma, inequalities, and eating disorders. Tanya has been involved in domestic abuse research since 2013, and is particularly interested in childhood experiences of domestic abuse, and reflexive, intersectional feminist methodologies that centre survivor voices and stories.

Whilst Tanya's interests lie in feminist and intersectional approaches to studying gender-based violence, her research has also included several projects evaluating services and programmes for children, young people and families, in health, social care and psychology contexts. These have included perinatal wellbeing, children and young people with care experience, families and individuals who have experienced domestic abuse, child sexual exploitation, and young people who have been victims of child trafficking.

As well as research and teaching, Tanya works providing counselling and psychotherapy for people who have experienced trauma. She is interested in trauma-informed and non-pathologising anti-oppressive approaches to working in counselling and psychotherapy practice.


  • 2022–present
    Lecturer, The Open University


  • 2020 
    University of Stirling, PhD