P1020402We 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, archives and heritage 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                                http://iris.ucl.ac.uk/iris/browse/profile?upi=HCHAT26


Dr Linda Thomson  Senior Research Project Manager  UCL Biosciences  linda.thomson@ucl.ac.uk                                                      www.ucl.ac.uk/culture/staff/thomson-linda


Dr Thomas Kador  Teaching Fellow  UCL Culture  t.kador@ucl.ac.uk                                                                    www.ucl.ac.uk/culture/staff/kador-Thomas

PhD candidates

Helen Jury    Carina Phillips    Nonthiwat Taesuk    Carolyn Thompson    Joy Chiang


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…