We work with a range of partners and a variety of audiences to explore the role of cultural participation in health and wellbeing. We are interested in the biopsychosocial benefits of all things cultural, including the work of museums, galleries and archives, and heritage and natural sites in enhancing quality of life, physical and mental health, wellbeing and social inclusion for older and disadvantaged adults, and people with dementia and their carers.

Research team

Prof. Helen Chatterjee MBE  Principal Investigator UCL Biosciences  h.chatterjee@ucl.ac.uk   @h_chatterjee


Dr Linda Thomson  Senior Research Fellow  UCL Biosciences  linda.thomson@ucl.ac.uk

ORCID ID https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9685-3678

Dr Thomas Kador  Principal Teaching Fellow  Arts and Sciences (BASc) t.kador@ucl.ac.uk

Dr Rabya Mughal  Research Fellow  UCL Biosciences


Prof. Helen Chatterjee was awarded the Health Humanities Medal in 2018 in recognition of her research into how museums can be beneficial to health, and was also the winner of the Leadership Award.

The winners were announced on 11 Sept 2018 during a ceremony at the Houses of Parliament, which was sponsored by Justin Tomlinson, MP for North Swindon. The Health Humanities Medal awards were funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. More on Health Humanities Medal awards…   

More on UCL award winners…

PhD candidates

Helen Jury     Carina Phillips     Carolyn Thompson 

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