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 is chair of Sexuality and the Social Work International Interest Group. The group encourages international collaborations in social work research, education and practice developments in the field of gender, sexuality, sexual identity and LGBT+ issues.
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. 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.
Lambert, Nicky and Pezzella, Alfonso and Gleeson, Helen (2018) Student freedom and responsibility; academic citizenship and societal engagement: politics, professionalism and practice. In: Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education Conference: ‘Student Being and Becoming in the Future University’, 11-12 Sept 2018, Middlesex University London, United Kingdom.
Pezzella, Alfonso and Hafford-Letchfield, Trish and Cole, Laura (2018) What do we know about the T in the LGBT+? A scoping review of trans students across queer- and trans-spectrum research in post-compulsory education. In: Social Work and Sexuality International Conference - Sexualities, genders and Intersectionalities: Expanding contemporary social work issues, 09-10 Aug 2018, University of Montreal, Canada.
Hafford-Letchfield, Trish and Pezzella, Alfonso (2018) Gender and identities and the public sector: what can we learn from the research findings? In: The Gender Adventure: Exploring Gender Identities, Student Conference, 14 June 2018, Middlesex University, London, UK.
Price, David and Pezzella, Alfonso and Gleeson, Helen (2018) PMVA training for mental health nursing students. In: Mental Health: Proud to be different!, 5 June 2018, London, United Kingdom.
Pezzella, Alfonso (2018) ‘Out’ and about at work: institutionalised heteronormativity on relationships and employment. In: Sexuality, Sexual and Gender Identities and Intimacy Research in Social Work and Social Care: A Lifecourse Epistemology. Dunk-West, Priscilla and Hafford-Letchfield, Trish , eds. Routledge, pp. 101-120. ISBN 9781138225879
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.