Author biography

Please use one of the following biographies if referring to me in a media report, publicity for an event, or elsewhere. A photograph is also provided.

There is also a Wikipedia page and an Open University page with further information, and further publications downloadable through Open Research Online, Google Scholar, ResearchGate & AcademiaEdu.

Brief biography

Dr. Meg-John Barker is a writer, therapist, and activist-academic specialising in sex, gender and relationships. Meg-John is a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University and a UKCP accredited psychotherapist, and has over a decade of experience researching and publishing on these topics including the popular book Rewriting the Rules. Website: Twitter: @megjohnbarker.

Longer biography

Dr. Meg-John Barker is a writer, therapist, and activist-academic specialising in sex, gender and relationships. Meg-John published the (anti-)self-help relationship book Rewriting the Rules in 2013 and they have a number of further books for the general public due out in 2016 including The Secrets of Enduring Love (with Jacqui Gabb), a comic introduction to queer (with Julia Scheele), and a practical guide to sex (with Justin Hancock). Meg-John is also a senior lecturer in psychology at the Open University and has published many academic books and papers on topics including non-monogamous relationships, sadomasochism, counselling, and mindfulness, as well as co-editing the journal Psychology & Sexuality. They were the lead author of The Bisexuality Report – which has informed UK policy and practice around bisexuality – and are currently co-editing a book on non-binary gender with similar aims in that area. They are involved in running many public events on sexuality and relationships, including Sense about Sex and Critical Sexology. Meg-John is a UKCP accredited psychotherapist working with gender, sexually, and relationship diverse (GSRD) clients, and they blog about all these matters on Twitter: @megjohnbarker.

A note on names and pronouns

When referring to me it’s great if you can use the name ‘Meg-John. I’m also happy for people to use ‘MJ’ for short.

My pronoun is ‘they, them, their‘, so I’d prefer that you said ‘they are the author of Rewriting the Rules‘, for example, rather than ‘she/he is the author of Rewriting the Rules‘. You can see more examples of how ‘they’ can be used in the biographies above, and you can find out more about the singular they pronoun for non-binary people here.

I’d like to be referred to in non-binary gender terms, for example saying ‘we’ve got all women and non-binary speakers tonight’ (rather than ‘all women’); saying ‘Meg-John is a person who has done…’; calling me ‘mate’ or ‘friend’ rather than ‘madam’ or ‘miss’; referring to a group I’m in as ‘folks’ rather than ‘girls’, or introducing an event with  ‘friends and colleagues’ rather than  ‘ladies and gentlemen’.

Feel free to ask me directly if you’re not sure. If you slip up it’s fine just to apologise and move on. Also please note that other people have different preferences so it’s always worth checking with the person concerned.

Full CV

You can see my full CV here.


This photograph can be used in publicity.


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