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Staff profile: Dr Eleni Hatzidimitriadou


Dr Eleni Hatzidimitriadou is a qualified clinical psychologist and an experienced mental health researcher. She holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology, an MSc in Clinical Psychology (both from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) and a PhD in Psychology (University of Kent, UK). In her doctoral study entitled 'Self-Help/Mutual Aid Groups In Mental Health: Ideology, Helping Mechanisms, And Empowerment', Eleni applied participatory research methods to explore the nature and character of user-led groups in mental health and examined the effect of group participation on members' personal empowerment, perceived social support and psychological wellbeing. To explore these issues, Eleni collaborated with mental health user-led groups and organisations in London and south-east England and over a period of two years while attending group meetings on a regular basis as participant observer.

Eleni has long-term experience in mental health services and service user issues, working as a cognitive -behaviour therapist and a researcher in Greece and the UK. Before joining Kingston & St George's she held a lecturer post at the University of Kent's European Centre for Migration and Social Care. She has developed research and published peer-reviewed papers and book chapters on self-help and mutual aid for socially excluded populations; welfare and social care in old age, and health and social care of migrants and ethnic minorities. She has a strong record of international research collaborations and networks in the field of migration, social exclusion and policy development. Projects include a three-year German Volkswagen Foundation funded study on the role of cultural capital in youth migrant transitions into the labour market, and an EU funded research network on the sexual reproductive health rights of refugees and asylum seekers. More recently, Eleni has successfully secured funding from the Public Health European Authority to conduct a 30-month study on the prevalence, determinants, effects, policies and practices related to domestic violence against women and men in Europe, in partnership with seven European countries.

She is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, and has acted as guest editor in a number of special issues: welfare issues of migrant women – IJMHSC (November 2007); forced migration and social care - Hellenic Journal of Psychology (October 2008); service user participation of ethnic minorities and migrants – IJMHSC (January 2009). Additionally, she serves on the steering committee of a national body related to the mental health of ethnic minorities and the development of relevant training for the Department of Health workforce (BME Programme Board Workforce, Education and Training Sub-Group, National Institute for Mental Health England).

Academic and professional qualifications

  • ILTHE/Higher Education Academy Fellow
  • PgCert Higher Education, University of Kent
  • PhD Psychology, University of Kent
  • Chartered Psychologist, Ministry of Health, Greece
  • MSc Clinical Psychology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • BSc(Hons) Psychology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece

Professional experience

  • 2008Reader, School of Social Work, School of Social Work, Kingston and St George's
  • 2008Senior Lecturer, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent
  • 2000 - 2007Lecturer, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research, University of Kent
  • 1995 - 1999Research Associate, Tizard Centre, University of Kent
  • 1991 - 1994Clinical Psychologist (private practice), Thessaloniki, Greece
  • 1991 - 1994Research Associate, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Professional registration and membership

  • Chartered Psychologist, Greek Ministry of Health

Research interests

Health inequalities; community activism of mental health service users; migration and social care; intersectionalities of gender and age in health and social care.


» Women Support Services (PI – with Williams L). Evaluation of support and counselling project for children affected by domestic violence. 2004: £15,000

» Refugee Council (with Watters, C). Evaluation of the Bi-cultural Support project. 2004: £7,000

» Countryside Agency (with Milne A, Wiseman J). Review of the impact of policy on the health and well being of older people living in rural areas. 2002: £15,000

» Age Concern Medway Groups (PI – with Forrester-Jones R) Assessing the needs of older people with learning disabilities and mental health difficulties in the Medway area. 2002: £5,600

Grants and funding

  • 2011 - 2012SWan IPI Small Grant, An exploration of post-qualifying training experiences of migrant social workers in a London university (£1,000)
  • 2011 - 2012SWan IPI Small Grant, Evaluation of a community-based mental health project: the role of community cultural competence in co-production processes (£1,000)
  • 2010 - 2012Faculty Travel Fellowship - to develop international research collaborations with the Universities of Toronto and Seville and to produce joint high-impact peer-reviewed publications (£15,000)
  • 2010 - 2011Kingston University Business Fellowship Scheme, Managing and Making Use of Ethnic Monitoring Data for Equality and Diversity in Health Care: A Pilot Project with St George's Hospital (£4,000)
  • 2008 - 2011Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC), Domestic Violence against Women and Men in Europe (DOVE) (total budget: €999,137, UK budget: €177,450)


Number of items: 43.


Costa, Diogo, Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni, Ioannidi-Kapolou, Elli, Lindert, Jutta, Soares, Joaquim, Sundin, Orjan, Toth, Olga and Barros, Henrique (2014) Intimate partner violence and health-related quality of life in European men and women: findings from the DOVE study. Quality of Life Research, ISSN (print) 0962-9343 (Epub Ahead of Print)

Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni and Psoinos, Maria (2014) Cultural health capital and professional experiences of overseas doctors and nurses in the UK. Diversity and Equality in Health and Care, 11(1), pp. 35-47. ISSN (print) 2049-5471

Li, Sarah, Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni and Psoinos, Maria (2014) “Tangled wires in the head”: older migrant Chinese's perception of mental illness in Britain. Journal of Aging Studies, 30(1), pp. 73-86. ISSN (print) 0890-4065

Costa, Diego, Soares, Joaquim J. F., Lindert, Jutta, Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni, Karlsson, Andreas, Sundin, Orjan, Toth, Olga, Ioannidi-Kapolou, Ellisabeth, Degomme, Olivier, Cervilla, Jorge and Barros, Henrique (2013) Intimate partner violence in Europe: design and methods of a multinational study. Gaceta Sanitaria, 27(6), pp. 558-561. ISSN (print) 0213-9111

Costa, D, Soares, J, Lindert, J, Hatzidimitriadou, E, Sundin, O, Toth, O, Ioannidi-Kapolou, E, Degomme, O, Cervilla, J and Barros, H (2013) Socioeconomic inequalities in victims of intimate partner violence in Europe. European Journal of Public Health, 23(1), p. 120. ISSN (print) 1101-1262

Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni (2010) Migration and ageing: settlement experiences and emerging care needs of older refugees in developed countries. Hellenic Journal of Psychology, 7(1), pp. 1-20. ISSN (print) 1790-1391

Palmer, David, Williams, Lucy, White, Sue, Chenga, Charity, Calabria, Verusca, Branch, Dawn, Arundal, Sue, Storer, Linda, Ash, Chris, Cuthill, Claire, Bezuayehu, Hazel and Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni (2009) 'No one knows like we do' - the narratives of mental health service users trained as researchers. Journal of Public Mental Health, 8(4), pp. 18-28. ISSN (print) 1746-5729

Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni and Cakir, Sakine Gulfem (2009) Community activism and empowerment of Turkish-speaking migrant women in London. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 5(1), pp. 34-46. ISSN (print) 1747-9894

Garcia-Ramirez, Manuel and Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni (2009) User involvement and empowerment in health care practices with ethnic minority and migrant groups: a community approach. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 5(1), pp. 2-4. ISSN (print) 1747-9894

Milne, Alisoun, Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni and Wiseman, Janet (2007) Health and quality of life among older people in rural England: exploring the impact and efficacy of policy. Journal of Social Policy, 36(3), pp. 477-495. ISSN (print) 0047-2794

Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni (2007) Migrant women and welfare issues: diversity of experiences, challenges and opportunities. International Journal of Migration, Health and Social Care, 3(3), pp. 2-5. ISSN (print) 1747-9894

Forrester-Jones, Rachel and Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni (2006) Learning in the real world? Exploring widening participation student views concerning the 'fit' between knowledge learnt and work practices. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 31(6), pp. 611-624. ISSN (print) 0260-2938

Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni, Milne, Alisoun and Hamilton-West, Kate (2005) GP attitudes to early diagnosis of dementia: evidence of improvement. Aging & Mental Health, 9(5), pp. 449-455. ISSN (print) 1360-7863

Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni and Milne , Alisoun (2005) Planning ahead: meeting the needs of older people with intellectual disabilities in the United Kingdom. Dementia, 4(3), pp. 341-359. ISSN (print) 1471-3012

Milne, Alisoun, Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni and Chryssanthopoulou, Christina (2004) Carers of older relatives in long term care: support needs and services. Generations review, 14(3), pp. 4-9. ISSN (print) 0965-2000

Milne, Alisoun and Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni (2003) "Isn't he wonderful?" Exploring the contribution and conceptualization of older husbands as carers. Ageing International, 28(4), pp. 389-407. ISSN (print) 0163-5158

Milne, A and Hatzidimitriadou, E (2002) The caring in later life report: a secondary analysis of the 1995 General Household Survey. Quality in Ageing, 3(3), pp. 3-15. ISSN (print) 1471-7794

Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni (2002) Political ideology, helping mechanisms and empowerment of mental health self-help/mutual aid groups. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 12(4), pp. 271-285. ISSN (print) 1052-9284

Milne, A.J., Woolford, H.H., Mason, J. and Hatzidimitriadou, E. (2000) Early diagnosis of dementia by GPs: an exploratory study of attitudes. Aging & Mental Health, 4(4), pp. 292-300. ISSN (print) 1360-7863

Carpenter, John, Ring, Chris, Sangster, Azra, Cambridge, Paul and Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni (2000) From the asylum to the community: a longitudinal study of staff involved in the transition from Tone Vale Hospital to community-based services. Journal of Mental Health, 9(2), pp. 211-230. ISSN (print) 0963-8237

Book Section

Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni and Cakir, Sakine Gulfem (2013) Wellbeing and community self-help: Turkish-speaking women in London. In: Thomas, Felicity and Gideon, Jasmine, (eds.) Migration, Health and Inequality. London, U.K. : Zed Books. pp. 180-197. ISBN 9781780321257

Schittenhelm, Karin and Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni (2010) Sozialraumliche Koordinaten beruflicher Orientierung. Hochqualifizierte der zweiten Generation in Deutschland und Grossbritannien. In: Nohl, Arnd-Michael , Schittenhelm, Karin , Schmidtke, Oliver and Weiss, Anja, (eds.) Kulturelles Kapital in der Migration: Hochqualifizierte Einwanderer und Einwanderinnen auf dem Arbeitsmarkt. Wiesbaden, Germany : VS-Verlag. pp. 301-314. ISBN 9783531164373

Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni and Milne, Alisoun (2006) Providing care for older people with learning disabilities. In: Carnaby, Steven and Cambridge, Paul, (eds.) Intimate and personal care for people with learning disabilties. London, U.K. : Jessica Kingsley. pp. 160-180. ISBN 9781843101307

Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni (2003) Gaining access to and working with self-help groups in mental health. In: Cochrane, Susan, (ed.) Where you stand affects your point of view: emancipatory approaches to mental health research: notes from SPN study day 12 June 2003. UK : Social Perspectives Network. pp. 55-61. (no. SPN paper 4)

Conference or Workshop Item

Costa, Diogo, Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni, Ioannidi-Kapolou, Elli, Lindert, Jutta, Soares, Joaquim, Sundin, Orjan, Toth, Olga and Barros, Henrique (2014) Forgone healthcare and intimate partner violence: A study in six European urban centres. In: APHA 142nd Annual Meeting and Exposition: Healthography; 15-19 Nov 2014, New Orleans, U.S.A.. (Unpublished)

Costa, Diogo, Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni, Ioannidi-Kapolou, Elli, Lindert, Jutta, Soares, Joaquim, Sundin, Orjan, Toth, Olga and Barros, Henrique (2014) Physical intimate partner violence in Europe: results from a population-based multi-center study in six countries. In: 20th IEA World Congress of Epidemiology – Global Epidemiology in a Changing Environment: the Circumpolar Perspective; 17-21 Aug 2014, Anchorage, U.S.A.. (Unpublished)

Milne, Alisoun and Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni (2014) Continuing carers: developing a conceptual framework to explore their status & identity. In: UK Joint Social Work Education Conference with the UK Social Work Research Conference: Social Work Making Connections; 23-25 Jul 2014, Egham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Cakir, Sakine Gulfem and Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni (2012) Coping strategies of Turkish migrant women in the UK. In: International Conference in Turkish Migration in Europe (TMiE'12)); 7-12 Dec 2012, London, UK. (Unpublished)

Costa, Diogo, Soares, Joaquim, Lindert, Jutta, Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni, Sundin, Orjan, Toth, Olga, Ioannidi-Kapolou, Elli, Degomme, Oliver, Cervilla, Jose and Barros, Henrique (2012) Evidence of a gender effect in the impact of Intimate Partner Violence victimisation on health-related quality of life. In: European Congress of Epidemiology (EuroEpi2012); 5-8 September, Porto, Portugal. (Unpublished)

Lindsay, Jane and Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni (2012) Domestic violence in Europe: study on determinants and characteristics of domestic violence in England. In: Joint World Conference on Social Work and Social Development: Action and Impact (SWSD 2012); 08-12 July 2012, Stockholm, Sweden.

Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni and Psoinos, Maria (2012) Transferability of locally collected research results: employing theoretical triangulation in a study on migrant social workers in the UK. In: 2nd European Conference for Social Work Research; 22-24 March 2012, Basel, Switzerland. (Unpublished)

Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni and , (2012) Exploring how to optimise the professional contribution and enhance the psychosocial well-being of migrant and refugee healthcare professionals in the UK. In: 3rd World Congress of Cultural Psychiatry; 9-11 March 2012, Queen Mary University London, UK. (Unpublished)

Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni and Psoinos, Maria (2011) An exploration of cultural capital, labour market position and work experiences of migrant and refugee doctors in the UK. In: The impact of migrant workers on the functioning of labour markets and industrial relations: an ESRC seminar series based at Keele University; 23 Feb 2011, Sheffield, UK.

Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni and Psoinos, Maria (2010) Cultural capital and professional development experiences of migrant health and social care professionals. In: Social Work: what progress? what potential?; 05 Nov 2010, Kingston upon Thames, U.K.. (Olive Stevenson Seminar Series) (Unpublished)

Butler, Christina, Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni and Psoinos, Maria (2010) Managing equality and diversity in health care: the case of ethnic monitoring at St George's NHS trust. In: EAWOP Small Group Meeting - Managing diversity in organisations; 23-24 Sep 2010, Birmigham, U.K..

Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni [Speaker] (2008) Cultural capital of second generation migrant women in the UK: reconstructing gendered experiences through biographical narratives. In: Migration and the gender/race nexus ; 05 Sep 2008, Leeds, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Milne, A., Hatzidimitriadou, E. and Chryssanthopoulou, C. (2005) Continuing to care: the needs and roles of older carers of people with dementia. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference 2005: The life course: fragmentation, diversity and risk; 21 - 23 Mar 2005, York, U.K.. (Unpublished)


Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni, Mantovani, Nadia and Keating, Frank (2012) Evaluation of co-production processes in a community-based mental health project in Wandsworth. (Project Report) Kingston upon Thames, U.K. : Kingston University/St George's University of London. 56 p. ISBN 9780955832994

Gupta, Anna, Fook, Jan, Bhatti-Sinclair, Kish, Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni and Lee, Yenn (2011) Informing the development of cultural and ethical competence in social work education. (Project Report) London, U.K. : Social Policy and Social Work Subject Centre (SWAP). 19 p.

Psoinos, Maria, Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni, Butler, Christina and Barn, Ravinder (2011) Ethnic monitoring in healthcare services in the UK as a mechanism to address health disparities: a narrative review. (Other) London : SWan IPI. 35 p. ISBN 9780955832987

Matczak, Anna, Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni and Lindsay, Jane (2011) Review of domestic violence policies in England & Wales. (Project Report) London, U.K. : Kingston University and St George's, University of London. 28 p. ISBN 9780955832970

Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni (2008) Cultural Capital During Migration: Findings from narrative interviews with Academically and Vocationally Skilled Adults with Immigrant Background in the UK - Final Report. (Project Report) Canterbury : European Centre for the Study of Migration and Social Care, University of Kent. 89 p.

Milne, Alisoun, Hatzidimitriadou, Eleni, Chryssanthopoulou, Christina and Owen, Tom (2001) Caring in later life: reviewing the role of older carers. (Project Report) London, UK : Help the Aged. 63 p. ISBN 0905852567

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