Bettina Chioma Teegen

Ph.D. Researcher
BA Criminology, MSc Child Adolescent and Family Mental Health, PGCE Modern Foreign Languages, TESOL CERT.

Academic and research departments

Department of Sociology.


I am currently a Ph.D. candidate/researcher in the department of Sociology at the University of Surrey where I was also awarded the Black scholar formerly known as SHINE SCHOLARS studentship award. I have also worked as EAP Associate lecturer on the pre-sessional English course at INTO University of Exeter where I taught master level students academic literacy skills. Currently I hold a position as Study Start tutor at the University of Lancaster where I support and prepare undergraduate students for their higher education studies.

I previously held academic posts at the University of Louisiana, USA. I presently serve as a review board member of the Journal of International Students as well as the Journal of Underrepresented and Minority Progress.

Further academic roles:

In 2022 I was appointed to serve as a PGR Partner at University of Surry's Doctoral College for the Decolonizing Training Project.      

In February of 2023 I was appointed to serve as a member of the University of Surrey's organising committee of the PGR and ECR conference 'Making the Invisible Visible' which took place in June 2023.

Affiliations and memberships

Journal of International Students
Review Board member
Journal of Underrepresented and Minority Progress
Review Board member
British Sociological Association
Ph.D. researcher membership
Society for Research into Higher Education
Ph.D. researcher membership
Society of Transnational Academic Researchers
Ph.D. researcher membership


Research interests

Indicators of esteem

  • Peer-reviewed presentations:

    Teegen, B. C. (March 2023). The Importance of Mental Health services on UK Campuses: Directions for University Staff. At international Conference of Advanced Research for Education, Teaching and Learning (ARETL) in Berlin, Germany.

    Teegen, B. C. (April 2022). Black African Transnational Doctoral Students in the US. At American Educational Research Association (AERA) in San Diego, USA.

    Teegen, B. C. (August 2019). The need for mentoring programs for Black African graduate students at PWIs. At Association of Black Sociologists in New York, USA.

    Teegen, B. C. (April 2019). Counselling services for graduate students on campus: Do they even exist? At Comparative and International Education Society in San Francisco, USA.

    Teegen, B. C. (March 2018). International Graduate Students in American Universities:  Acculturation- Related Issues, Well-being and Isolation. At 3rd Annual Student Scholars Forum in Louisiana, USA.

    Teegen, B. C. (March 2018). International graduate students at American universities:  Acculturatin in African and Afro- Caribbean Doctoral Students: A Mixed Methods Study. At Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) in New Orleans, USA.



    • Teegen, B. C. (2022). Where do I belong? In L.A. Arasaratnam- Smith, D. K.Deardorff (Eds.), Developing Intercultural Competence in Higher Education (pp.28-30). Routledge.
    • Teegen, B. C. & Popova, D. (August 2021). International graduate students and cultural competency in counselling services: directions for health practitioners. British Journal of Guidance & Counselling. doi.org/10.1080/03069885.2021.1961211  
    • Kyere, E., Karikari, I., & Teegen, B. C. (2020). The Associations among Teacher discrimination, Parent’ and Peer Emotional Supports, and African American Youth’s School Bonding. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 101(4), 469-483.  
    • Wilks, S., Spurlock, W., Brown, S., Teegen, B.C., &Geiger, J. (2018). Examining spiritual support among African American and Caucasian alzheimer’s caregivers: A risk and resilience study. Geriatric Nursing, 39(6), 663-668.