Deborah is a researcher working in the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR) and the Centre for Innovative Ageing (CIA). Having graduated as a mature student from the Open University in 2005, Deborah went on to successfully complete an MSc in Social Science Research Methods at Cardiff University. Deborah was awarded her PhD in 2015 from the Centre for Innovative Ageing.

Deborah’s area of expertise is loneliness and social isolation in later life, the focus of her PhD. Her other research interests include health and health inequalities, the subjective experience of chronic illness and disability in later life, alcohol and substance misuse in older adults and life course perspectives. Deborah is thematic lead for the Future of Ageing Research Group.

Affiliation:British Society of Gerontology (BSG); Emerging Researchers in Ageing (ERA).

Areas of Expertise

  • Loneliness
  • Social Isolation
  • Older adults
  • Chronic Illness/disability


  1. & The effects of adapting their home on the meaning of home for families with a disabled child. Disability & Society 31(4), 481-496.
  2. & The central role of the occupational therapist in facilitating housing adaptations/home modifications for disabled children. British Journal of Occupational Therapy 80(6), 375-383.
  3. & A Social Model of Loneliness: The Roles of Disability, Social Resources, and Cognitive Impairment. The Gerontologist, gnw125


  • SHGM63 Health and Ageing

    The complex nature of ageing and health presents medical, social and educational challenges. This module explores these complexities from a holistic approach which will encompass users┬┐ perspectives and relevant policies.


  • Transitions in Care: Information needs concerning the discharge from hospital of an older person (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Deborah Morgan
    Other supervisor: Prof Vanessa Burholt
  • Untitled (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Deborah Morgan
    Other supervisor: Dr Charles Musselwhite

External Responsibilities

  • Chair of Emerging Researchers in Ageing, British Society of Gerontology

    2017 - Present

  • European Regional Representative , International Association on Geriatrics Organisation (IAGG-CSO)

    2017 - Present

  • Reference group member, Public Health Network Cymru

    2016 - Present

Research Groups

  • The Future of Ageing Research Development Group

    The Future of Ageing Research Development Group