Dr Maria Teresa Ferazzoli

Project Officer, IMProving Adult Care Together (IMPACT)

Dr Maria Teresa Ferazzoli has been a research associate at the University of Sheffield since 2018 and she completed her PhD at the University in 2019. She is now working as a project officer at IMPACT (Improving Adult Care Together). Maria Teresa’s research interests include the provision of mental health support in different countries and unequal access to health and social care services.

Maria Teresa is an interdisciplinary researcher with a background in sociology and psychology. Before starting her academic career, she worked for more than 10 years as a practitioner in mental health care services in Italy, and as a Project Coordinator for a local branch of the mental health charity, Mind. As a research associate, Maria Teresa has worked on research projects that explore particularly sensitive subjects, including the role of faith-based organisations in anti-trafficking, and parent’s experiences of miscarriage, stillbirth and unexplained neonatal death. She is also experienced in the use of participatory and creative research methodologies with underrepresented groups.

She is committed to conducting research that has the potential to make a real difference to people, and in these roles she has become skilled at extending research engagement to health professionals, charities and members of the public. In her previous research project on ‘Everyday Bordering in the UK’ led by Dr Julie Walsh, she co-developed an online training resource for practitioners working with migrant communities.

Research Interests

International mental health provision

Unequal access to health and social care service


Art methods and co-production


Walsh, J., Khan, A., & Ferazzoli, M. T. (2022). Portholes of Ethnography: The Methodological Learning from ‘Being There’ at a Distance. Sociology, 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1177/00380385221122458

Reed, K., Ferazzoli, M.T. & Whitby, E. (2021) “Why didn't we do it”? Reproductive loss and the problem of post-mortem consent, Social Science & Medicine, Vol. 276. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.113835

Reed, K., Ferazzoli, M.T &, Whitby, E. (2020) Miscarriage, SUDI and neonatal death: paramedic experience and practice, Journal of Paramedic Practice, 12:12, 472-477

Knowledge Exchange and Research Impact

Ferazzoli, M.T. & Walsh, J. (2021) COVID travel restrictions have created new borders for migrants who want to visit home. The Conversation Blog https://theconversation.com/covid-travel-restrictions-have-created-new-borders-for-migrants-who-want-to-visit-home-171461

Ferazzoli, M.T. (2021) Is it still relevant to talk about deinstitutionalisation on World Mental Health Day? Blog https://socstudiesresearch.com/2021/10/08/is-it-still-relevant-to-talk-about-deinstitutionalisation-on-world-mental-health-day%ef%bf%bc/?dm_i=1J8L%2C7KJQV%2C8H4HD9%2CUTHLU%2C1

Ferazzoli, M.T. (2019) Maria Teresa shares her experience of Italian-British mental health care differences in A Place of Safety? Podcast- https://www.spreaker.com/user/apospodcast/maria-teresa-mareterra382-shares-her-exp