Emma Ferguson-Coleman

Emma Ferguson-Coleman


Personal profile


Current Research:

I am a Research Fellow with a junior fellowship awarded by Alzheimer's Society (2020-ongoing). This study proposes to explore culturally appropriate support interventions for Deaf carers of people living with dementia. Interviews have been held with Deaf carers online during the pandemic and co-production of support interventions are ongoing.

Previous Research Project(s):

I was a research associate with the Deaf with Dementia Life-Stories Project, as part of the Neighbourhoods and Dementia study between 2015-2019. Culturally appropriate media resources were used to create opportunities for conversations between Deaf people and their carers - please see Neighbourhoods and Dementia for more information.

I 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 www.manchester.ac.uk/deafchildrenwithautism for more information.

I worked with the ground-breaking Deaf with Dementia project, which was funded by 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: http://www.nursing.manchester.ac.uk/deafwithdementia/PublicationsDissemination/micrareportfinal.pdf


I have worked within the field of mental health and deafness for over 25 years; primarily as an independent mental health advocate within acute and forensic mental health services with Deaf people.

Research interests

Deaf people living with dementia

Qualitative interviews with individuals living with dementia

Focus groups with different communities

Deaf children with autism



Occasional lectures: Deaf People; Deaf People and Dementia

BSL/English Interpreters workshops on how to work effectively with Deaf people with dementia and their care partners.

My collaborations

  • Jo Atkinson Hearn (UCL)
  • Alistair Burns
  • Avril Hepner (British Deaf Association)
  • Stephen Joseph (University of Nottingham)
  • John Keady
  • Jane Marshall (UCL)
  • Rosemary Oram
  • Helen Phillips (NDCAMHS)
  • Katherine Rogers
  • Bencie Woll (UCL)
  • Barry Wright (NDCAMHS)
  • Alys Young


PhD; BA Hons; DipPsych

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Deaf with Dementia: A Narrative, The University of Manchester

30 Sept 201013 Sept 2016

Award Date: 13 Sept 2016

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Dementia@Manchester
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing
  • Healthier Futures


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