Irena (Rena) Papadopoulos PhD, MA(Ed), BA, RGN, RM, RNT, NDNCert, DipN, DipNEd, FHEA
Professor of Transcultural Health and Nursing,
School of Health and Social Sciences,
Middlesex University,
10 Highgate Hill, London N19 5LW,
Tel: 02084116626 Fax: 02084116106


Founding member of ETNA.

I am the Head of the Research Centre for Transcultural Studies in Health, the Chair of the School’s Ethics Committee, and the former Chair of the research team for Nursing, Midwifery and Allied Health Professions at the School of Health and Social Sciences. I have been working within the NHS and the University sector for over 35 years. During this period I have led a number of projects aimed at changing nursing practice, developing new curricula, developing new assessment tools, establishing quality systems, and integrating nursing education within the higher education sector. I have conducted various research projects using a range of methodologies, and have provided consultancy to individuals and institutions. I have also been responsible for my school’s research capacity programme which aimed at developing research skills for academic staff and research students. I have led the development and delivery of a Masters in Applied Health Research, the Intensive European Programme in Transcultural Nursing, the Masters in European Nursing, as well as supervising research students. My main research interests are culture/ethnicity/diversity and health, inequalities in health, disability and health, consumer involvement, regeneration and health, and the contribution of the voluntary sector to health and social welfare. I led the Research Assessment Exercise for the 'Nursing' Unit of Assessment, both in 1996 and 2000, and have been instrumental in establishing the Ethics Committee of the School of Health, Biological and Environmental Sciences, and the School's Journal of Health Social and Environmental Issues. I have a vast experience related to the voluntary sector. In 1994 I co-founded the ‘Greek and Greek Cypriot Community of Enfield’, a very successful voluntary organisation. I have also been -amongst others- an elected executive member of a Racial Equality Council, and a Citizen's Advice Bureau. My contribution in the voluntary sector has involved my participation in a number of committees and close liaisons with policy makers and funders at local and national level. In 2003 I established the ‘Papadopoulos Award for Outstanding Caring Acts by Young People in the Greek community’. In 2007 I was awarded by the Transcultural Nursing Society (International), the honour of Transcultural Nursing Scholar.

Refereed articles from 2000 to 2009
Papadopoulos I (2000): An exploration of health beliefs, lifestyle behaviours and health needs of the London-based Greek Cypriot community. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, Vol. 11, No.3, pp182-190. ISSN 1043-6596.

Newman M, Papadopoulos I, Melifonwu R. (2000) Developing organizational systems and culture to support Evidence Based Practice: The experience of the Evidence Based Ward project. Evidence Based Nursing. Vol. 3, pp103-105. ISSN 1367-6539.

Lees S., and Papadopoulos I., (2000): Cancer and Men from Minority Ethnic Groups: exploration of the literature. European Journal of Cancer Care. Vol. 9, pp221-229. ISSN 0961-5423

Woodrow P., Papadopoulos I et al (2001): Writing for publication. Nursing Standard. Vol. 16, No.9, pp44-46.

Papadopoulos I and Lees S (2002): Developing Culturally Competent Researchers. Journal of Advanced Nursing. Vol. 37, No. 3, pp258-264. ISSN 03092402

Papadopoulos I (2002): Nursing with Dignity. Part 4: Christianity II. Nursing Times, Vol. 98, No.12, pp36-37.

Papadopoulos I and Scanlon K (2002): Reporting and Validating Research Findings Through Reconstructed Stories. Disability and Society. Vol. 17, No. 3, pp269-281. ISSN 09687599

Papadopoulos I and Scanlon K (2002): The Use Of Audio Diaries In A Study With Visually Impaired People. Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness. Vol. 96, No. 6, pp456-459.

Papadopoulos I, Lay M, Lees S, Gebrehiwot A (2003): The Impact of Migration on Health Beliefs and Behaviours: The case of Ethiopian refugees in the UK. Contemporary Nurse. Vol 15, No.3, pp210-221. ISSN 1037-6178

Papadopoulos I (2003): The Papadopoulos, Tilki and Taylor model for the development of cultural competence in nursing. Journal of Health, Social and Environmental Issues. Vol. 4, No.1, pp 5-7. ISSN 1478-5692.

Papadopoulos I, and Lees S (2004):Cancer and Communication: Similarities and differences of male cancer sufferers from six different ethnic groups. European Journal of Cancer Care. Vol. 13, No. 2, pp 154-162. ISSN 0961-5423.

Papadopoulos I, Lees S, Lay M, Gebrehiwot A (2004): Ethiopian Refugees in the UK: Their adaptation and settlement experiences and their relationship to health. Ethnicity and Health. Vol. 9, No. 1, pp 55-73. ISSN1355-7858.

Davies F., Papadopoulos I., Fleming L. (2004): Labour Pain and identity for Arab Muslim women in London. Journal of Health, Social and Environmental Issues. Vol. 5, No.1,
pp 17-21. ISSN 1478-5692.

Papadopoulos I, Tilki M, Lees S (2004): Promoting cultural competence in health care through a research based intervention. Journal of Diversity in Health and Social Care. Vol. 1, No.2, pp 107-115. ISSN 1743-1913.

Papadopoulos I and Copp G (2005): Nurse lecturers’ perception and teaching of spirituality. Implicit Religion. Vol. 8, No. 1, pp 22-39. ISSN 1463-9955.

Charalambous, A., Papadopoulos, R., Beadsmoore, A. (2006). Quality Nursing Care: patients’ perspectives and the nursing response (preliminary report). European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 10(3), p220.

Pirani F., Papadopoulos I (2007): Researching the sacred: Reflections on the challenges and ethics of data collection. Journal of Health, Social and Environmental Issues. Vol. 8, No.1, pp 19-25. ISSN 1478-5692.

Papadopoulos I, Guo F, Lees S, Ridge M (2007): An exploration of the meanings and experiences of cancer of Chinese people living and working in London. European Journal of Cancer Care, 2007, 16, 424–432. DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2354.2007.00785.x

Lay M and Papadopoulos I (2007): An exploration of fourth generation evaluation in practice. Evaluation. Vol. 13, No. 4, pp 486 – 495. DOI: 10.1177/1356389007082135

Pirani FM, Papadopoulos I, Foster J, Leavey G ( 2007): ‘I will accept whatever is meant for us. I wait for that - day and night’: The search for healing at a Muslim shrine in Pakistan. Journal of Mental Health, Religion and Culture. DOI: 10.1080/13674670701482695

Papadopoulos I and Lay M (2007): The health promotion needs and preferences of Gypsy Travellers in Wales. Journal of Diversity in Health and Social Care, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp167-176. ISSN 1743-1913.

Charalambous A, Papadopoulos I, Beadsmoore A (2007): Perspectives of patients with cancer and the nursing response. European Journal of Cancer (Supplement), Vol. 5, No4, pp422-423. ISSN 1359-6349.

Miller J., Andrews M., Leininger M., Leuning C., Ludwig-Beymer P., Pacquiao D., Papadopoulos I (2008): Transcultural Nursing Society Position Paper on Human Rights. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, Vol. 19, 5-7. (Impact factor 1)

Papadopoulos I., Tilki M., Ayling S. (2008): Cultural Competence in Action for CAMHS: The development of a cultural competence assessment tool and a short cultural competence training programme. Contemporary Nurse, Special TCN issue. Volume 28 Issue 1-2 pages 129-140.
Also available in the book: Advances in Contemporary Transcultural Nursing (2nd edn)

Charalambous, A., Papadopoulos, R., Beadsmoore, A. (2008): Quality in Cancer Nursing Care. Cyprus Nursing Chronicles, 8(3), pp18-26.

Lay M., Papadopoulos I., Gebrehiwot A. (2008): SAFER UK: preventing sexual maltreatment of unaccompanied asylum seeking minors and improving services for them. Diversity in Health and Social Care. 5(4), pp306-308.

Charalambous, A., Papadopoulos, R., Beadsmoore, A. (2008): Listening to the voices of patients with cancer and their nurses: a hermeneutic phenomenological study of quality Nursing Care. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, 12, pp436-442. (YEJON-S-08-00011). (Impact Factor 0.976)

Charalambous, A., Papadopoulos, I., Beadsmoore, A. (2009): Quality Nursing Care: a Selective Review of the Literature of Patients’ and Nurses’ Interpretations. Hellenic Journal of Nursing Science, 1(2), pp75-82.

Charalambous, A., Papadopoulos, R., Beadsmoore, A. (Accepted for publication-5/10/2007). Ricoeur’s hermeneutic phenomenology: an implication for nursing research. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences (Impact factor 0.773)

Davies M, Elwyn G, Papadopoulos I, Fleming L, Williams G (2009): Can promoting patient decision making be exclusionary? Moral expectations and cultural difference in the narratives of UK maternity clinicians. Communication and Medicine, 6(1), 39–48 (DOI: 10.1558/cam.v6i1.39) ( Impact factor: 2.56)

Lay M., and Papadopoulos I. (2009) Sexual maltreatment of unaccompanied asylum- seeking minors from the Horn of Africa: A mixed method study focusing on vulnerability and prevention. Child Abuse and Neglect. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2009.05.003 (Impact factor 2.977 )

Kelly F., and Papadopoulos I (2009): Enhancing the Cultural Competence of Health Professionals Through an Online Course. Journal of Diversity in Health and Social Care, 6(2), 77-84.


Charalambous, A., Papadopoulos, IR., Beadsmoore, A. (2009): Towards a theory of quality nursing care for patients with cancer through hermeneutic phenomenology. European Journal of Oncology Nursing, doi:10.1016/j.ejon.2009.04.011 (Impact Factor 0.976)

Charalambous, A., Papadopoulos, R., Beadsmoore, A. (Submitted for Publication). Meaning of ‘quality nursing care’ as narrated by patients with cancer. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences (SCS-2008-0032) (Impact factor 0.773)

Charalambous, A., Papadopoulos, R., Beadsmoore, A. (Submitted for Publication). Have we overconceptualised the term quality nursing care: a selective literature review? Journal of Advanced Nursing (JAN-2007-0620.R1). (Impact factor 1.654)

Apenteng P, Denny E, Papadopoulos I, Culley L(Submitted for Publication Sept 09).
Women’s experiences of endometriosis: a thematic review of the literature. Reproductive Health.

Elsegood K. J. and Papadopoulos I. (submitted for publication October 2009). Transcultural communication in CAMHS: Developing practitioners' awareness with an online cultural competency course. Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Print ISSN: 1475-357X. Online ISSN: 1475-3588