Dr Maria Teresa Ferazzoli

Department of Sociological Studies

Research Associate


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Dr Maria Teresa Ferazzoli
Department of Sociological Studies
Elmfield Building
Northumberland Road
S10 2TU

Maria Teresa joined the department in 2014 as a PhD student and began teaching in 2013. Before commencing her PhD studies at Sheffield she completed a Masters’ degree in Psychology at “La Sapienza” University of Rome and she worked as a project coordinator and research with the Newark branch of the national mental health charity Mind. Since 2018, Maria Teresa has become a Research Associate in the department.

She was awarded her PhD from the University of Sheffield in 2019 with the thesis “The formation of deinstitutionalization discourses in Italy and England: a cross-national archaeological study”.

Research interests

Maria Teresa’s research interests are focused on exploring mental health policies. In particular, her research seeks to explore the international differences in practices and mental health systems. Her PhD research focused on the historical process of deinstitutionalization of psychiatric services in Italy and in England.

In her current post Maria Teresa is working on the research project “Post-mortem matters: challenging taboos and changing practice”, which is led by Professor Kate Reed. The project is focused on a range of dissemination and impact activities related to the ESRC funded project on foetal and neonatal post-mortem. This includes extending research engagement with health professionals, charities, and members of the public on the sensitive subject of miscarriage, stillbirth and unexplained neonatal death.