Alfonso Pezzella is an Associate Lecturer in Mental Health at Middlesex University. Alfonso joined Middlesex University in 2012 and currently works in Department of Mental Health, Social Work and Integrative Medicine within the School of Health and Education.
Alfonso teaches on a variety of topics including research methods, SPSS, mental health, LGBT issues and transcultural issues in health. Alfonso is currently working on a European project (IENE 5) led by Professor Irena Papadopoulos (Middlesex University) and five other European countries, which aims to develop a MOOC in Intercultural Communication Skills and Patient Safety. He is also working on various research projects on LGBT inclusion in the curriculum in health and social care and LGBT and mental health.
Alfonso has a professional Twitter feed @AlfPezzella where he enjoys bringing the community together and discussing topics regarding mental health, LGBT, psychology and education. You can also follow Alfonso on ResearchGate for his latest publications.
Membership of Professional Bodies
Italian (Mother tongue)
Alfonso is currently working on a large-scale Erasmus+ European project led by Professor Papadopoulos and four other European countries including Italy, Cyprus, Romania and Denmark. Alfonso has been working on previous phases of the IENE project since 2013.
Alfonso is also working on small scale projects on LGBT issues in health and social care.
Carr, Sarah and Pezzella, Alfonso (2017) Sickness, ‘sin’ and discrimination: Some contemporary challenges for UK mental health nursing practice with lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people and communities. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing . ISSN 1351-0126 (Accepted/In press)
Pezzella, Alfonso (2016) Coming out in the workplace and its impact on mental health: experiences of staff working in HEIs. In: LGBTQ Inclusivity in Higher Education: 1st International Conference, 15-16 Sept 2016, University of Birmingham, UK.
Pezzella, Alfonso and Carr, Sarah (2016) LGB and T health and social care curriculum inclusion in English HEIs: emerging findings a national survey. In: LGBTQ Inclusivity in Higher Education: 1st International Conference, 15-16 Sept 2016, University of Birmingham, UK..
Pezzella, Alfonso and Hafford-Letchfield, Trish and Cole, Laura (2016) Trans students in post-compulsory education: a scoping review – preliminary findings. In: Sexuality and Social Work Conference 2016: Transgressing Boundaries and the Intersection of Sexualities in Social Work, 18-19 Aug 2016, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland.
Lewis-Brooke, Sarah and Pezzella, Alfonso and Mimirinis, Mike (2016) Addressing LGBTQ diversity in the social work curriculum: a pedagogical approach. In: Centre for Ideas Annual Conference: Diversity, 19 May 2016, London.
Grant awarded to Pezzella, A., Foley, L. and Dadzie, L.
October 2016 – July 2017;
MADD – Making a Difference through Diversity
Grant awarded to Pezzella, A. and Papadopoulos, I.
April 2016 – July 2015;
Cultural competence and LGBT
Professional Roles and Activities
Other Professional Practice and KT Activities
Alfonso is the lead organiser for KT seminars in the Department of Mental Health, Social Work and Integrative Medicine, where he organises monthly evening seminar to disseminate the research undertaken in the department and involve colleagues from other disciplines, students and the local community.