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Dr Michele Abendstern (PhD, CQSW, PG Dip) - personal details

Contact details

Role: Research Associate (PSSRU)

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 6851


PSSRU - Personal Social Services Research Unit

Fax: +44 (0)161 275 5790




PG Dip (2001) Applied Social Research Methods  University of Manchester

PG Dip (1988) Applied Social Studies and CQSW South Bank Polytechnic

PhD (1986) (Expression or control? Working class leisure between the wars) University of Essex

BA (hons) 2.1 1981 Economic and Social History, University of Hull


I have worked as a Research Associate at the Personal Social Services Research Unit since 2002 where I have been involved with a range of studies into health social care policy and practice arrangements for older people including those with mental illhealth. Particular projects include investigating: services for people with dementia in NW England; the implementation of the Single Assessment Process in England; the introduction of Self-Assessment in social care; and the structures and practices of Community Mental Health Teams for Older People.

In the past I have worked on a series of oral history projects, most recently at the University of Manchester, including the history of the University itself with Emeritus Professor Biran Pullan, and the history of the health of women cotton workers with Professor Christin Hallett. Earlier projects included studies of social mobility within families and inter-generational relationships with Professor Paul Thompson.

I am also a qualified social worker and worked in this capacity for the London Borough of Greenwhich between 1998 and 1997.