Ms Emma Ferguson-Coleman

Research Associate

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Current Research:

I am a researcher for the Deaf with Dementia Life-Stories Project, as part of the Neighbourhoods and Dementia study, where we will be developing a digitalised life-story tool for Deaf people with dementia and their families/carers. This work is in partnership with the British Deaf Association Deaf Heritage Project.

Previous Research Project(s):

I have worked with the Deaf Children with Autism Project as part of the national DIADS study with National Deaf CAMHS. I interviewed Deaf and hearing parents of Deaf children who have a diagnosis of autism. Please see for more information

I worked with the Deaf with Dementia project, which was funded by the Alzheimer's Society. This project started in summer 2010 and was completed at the end of November 2013.

I was awarded MICRA seedcorn funding for a pilot BSL dementia information portal in 2012. A summary report can be found here:


I have worked in the field of mental health and deafness for many years; primarily as an independent mental health advocate.


PhD; BA Hons; DipPsych

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

I am a Trustee for SignHealth, a national charity campaigning for the improvement of Deaf people's physical and mental health.

Research Networks and Beacons

Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2016 - Doctor of Philosophy, Deaf with Dementia: A Narrative, The University of Manchester (2010 - 2016)

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