Teresa Atkinson

Ms Teresa Atkinson

Fellow | academic

Senior Research Fellow
University of Worcester
Association for Dementia Studies Henwick Road Worcester


Teresa Atkinson is a Senior Research Fellow who has a long career in social research primarily using qualitative methodologies. She began her career working with NHS Mental Health Trusts evaluating training and psychosocial interventions for family carers of people living with dementia. Following this post Teresa moved to the third sector working as Research Officer for a charity providing education, care and psychological therapies for young people living with complex co-morbid neurological impairment including autism, Down’s Syndrome and chromosome disorders. Within this role, Teresa led on projects to design and evaluate living and learning environments to improve teaching, care and to ensure young people have the opportunity to maximise their independence, autonomy and education. She travelled extensively internationally to disseminate research findings and build research capability amongst frontline practitioners.

Teresa is passionate about understanding the lived experiences of people affected by cognitive impairment across the life span and understanding the ways in which quality of life can be improved She is skilled in working with people as partners in the research journey and in facilitating feedback from a range of participants including people with communication difficulties.