Teloni Dimitra-Dora

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Faculty Members

Assistant Professor



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Office Address

D Building, 2nd floor, Ancient Olive Grove Campus, University of West Attica, Thivon 250 Egaleo, Athens, Greece, 12241

Office Hours

Monday 15.00-17.00, Tuesday 13.00-15.00

Academic area

Radical Social Work and Social Services

Teaching modules

  • Introduction to Social Work

  • Theoretical Approaches in Social Work

  • Human Rights, Social Work and Movements

  • Radical and Critical Social Work


Brief CV 

Dimitra-Dora Teloni, MA, PhD is Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work, University of West Attica, Athens Greece. She is teaching in social work departments in Greece from 2006 until today in both undergraduate and postgraduate level. She is qualified and registered social worker and she has worked as a social worker with cancer patients and their carers, as well as in community projects for the prevention of drugs and with drug addicted people and their families. She participated for a number of years in grassroots welfare initiatives for people in poverty, refugees as well as in the solidarity movement in Greece during the financial crisis. Her publications and research interests refer to radical social work, antiracist social work, neoliberalism and social services, grassroots welfare initiatives and social services, social movements, poverty and community development, climate change and social work.  During the last years she has been invited as keynote speaker at various international social work events such as the 2020 International Conference of International Federation of Social Work, 8th International Brazilian Conference on Social Policy in 2020 as well as in Social Work Action Network conferences. She has also been invited for seminars and lectures in Boston University, US and Kiel University, Germany.  

[Decree of Appointment (FEK) 1099/2017] 


  • 2011 Doctor of Philosophy, University of Liverpool, UK. PhD Thesis: “Contemporary Social Work Practice in County Welfare Departments and Municipalities: The perspectives of social workers and users”  
  • 2005 MA in Research Methodology (Sociology and Social Policy) University of Liverpool, Department of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, UK. 
  • 2003 Social Work Bachelor Technological Educational Institute of Patras, Greece (4 years undergraduate studies)
  • Mental health of children and adolescents
  • Psychiatric reform 
  • De-institutionalisation 
  • Community mental health care 
  • Bullying
  • Psychosocial support of social excluded groups (Roma, minorities)
  • Independent living of people with disabilities



  • Asimopoulos, Ch. and Bistas J. (2021). Outreach Plan for receiving communities, Technical support on the deinstitutionalisation process in Greece, Grant Agreement: SRSS/S2019/02, European Association of Service providers for Persons with Disabilities (EASPD), Brussels.
  • Bertotti, Τ., Di Rosa, R.T., & Asimopoulos, Ch. (in print) Child protection in Mediterranean countries: Italy and Greece. In: N. Gilbert, M. Skiveness, & J. D. Berrick, (eds.) International Handbook of Child Protection Systems. Oxford: International Policy Exchange.
  • Gouga, G., Martinaki, S. & Asimopoulos, C. (2020). Prejudices, social change, and diversity: Theoretical insights and research findings under review. In B. Krzywosz-Rynkiewicz & V. Zorbas (Eds.), Citizenship at a Crossroads: Rights, Identity, and Education (pp. 254 – 262). Prague, CZ: Charles University and Children’s Identity and Citizenship European Association.
  • Martinaki, S., Kostaras, P., Mihajlovic, N., Papaioannou, A., Asimopoulos, C., Masdrakis, V., Angelopoulos, E. (2021). Psychiatric admission as a risk factor for posttraumatic stress disorder, Psychiatry Research, 305, DOI:  10.1016/j.psychres.2021.114176
  • Kostaras, P., Martinaki, S., Asimopoulos, Ch., Maltezou, M., & Papageorgiou, Ch. (2020). The use of the Symptom Checklist 90-R in exploring the factor structure of mental disorders and the neglected fact of comorbidity, Psychiatry Research, 294, DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2020.113522
  • Asimopoulos, Ch., Martinaki, S., & Papaioannou, A. (2020). Correlation between emotional intelligence and problem-solving skills of greek social work students, Comunitania: International Journal of Social Work and Social Sciences, 20, 33-49.
  • Asimopoulos, Ch., & Martinaki, S. (2019). An investigation into social work students’ attitudes towards people with mental illness in Greece. International Journal of Culture and Mental Health, 11(1), 1-11.
  • Asimopoulos, Ch., Martinaki, S., Kontogianni, E., & Kompoti, D. (2019). Public services employees’ attitudes towards Roma in Greece: The need for a social work response, Journal of Sociology and Social Work, 7(2), 105-114.
  • Asimopoulos, Ch. and Martinaki, S. (2018). An investigation into social work students’ attitudes towards people with mental illness in Greece, International Journal of Culture and Mental Health, 4(11), 220-228.
  • Asimopoulos, Ch. and Teloni, D.D. (2017). Social work and the psychosocial effects of the economic crisis in Greece: Challenges for new radical directions in services, theory and values. Comunitania- International Journal of Social Work and Social Sciences, 13, 10-22.
  • Asimopoulos, Ch., Bibou-Nakou, I., Hatzipemou, Th., Soumaki, Eu. and Tsiantis, J. (2013). An investigation into students’ and teachers’ knowledge, attitudes and beliefs about bullying in Greek primary schools, The International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 16(1), 42-52.
  • Giannakopoulos, G., Assimopoulos, H., Petanidou, D., Tzavara, Ch., Kolaitis, G. and Tsiantis, J. (2012). Effectiveness of a school-based intervention for enhancing adolescents’ positive attitudes towards people with mental illness, Mental Illness, 4, 79-83.
  • Kolaitis, G., Fissas, K., Christogiorgos, S., Asimopoulos, H. and Tsiantis, J. (2010). Patterns of child and adolescent mental health care in Greece, The International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 12(4), 58-64.
  • Asimopoulos, Ch. (2008). The psychiatric hospital everyday life: Institutional abuse and neglect, Kastaniotis Editions, Athens. (In Greek)
  • Assimopoulos, H. (1998). Reform, developments, and prevailing trends in mental health care in Greece, Social Work in Europe, 5(1), 41-48.
  • Tsiantis, J., Kordoutis, P., Kolaitis, G., Perakis, A. & Assimopoulos, H. (1995). The psychosocial dynamics of change at Leros PIKPA, British Journal of Psychiatry, 167Supplement 28, 46-55.
  • 2004-2005 Member of the Scientific Committee of the Pan-Hellenic Association of Women with Breast Cancer in Patras, Greece 
  • 2006-2007 Member of the Scientific Committee of the Association of Volunteers against Cancer. Member of the Scientific Committee of the Association of People with Larynx Cancer 
  • 2008 – until today Foundation member of the Social Work Action Network in Greece and member of SWAN UK from 2006 
  • 2013 – until today member of the European Association of Schools of Social Work 
  • 2018 – until today member of the International Association of Schools of Social Work
  • Reviewer in several journals such as the International Social Work Journal, European Journal of Social Work. She is also Deputy Editor in Critical and Radical Social Work An International Journal. 
  • 2015 -2016 Member of the Advisory Board Re-Invest Project, Alliances to fight Poverty
  • 2020 until today Member of the Steering Group International Social Work Action Network (Swan-i). 
  • 2014 until today member of a number of committees concerning both educational and administrative issues in the Social Work Department, University of West Attica.