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. Burholt, V., Windle, G., Morgan, D., & team), . A Social Model of Loneliness: The Roles of Disability, Social Resources, and Cognitive Impairment. The Gerontologist, 57(6), 1020-1030.
  2. Boniface, G. & Morgan, D. 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. Morgan, D., Boniface, G., & Reagon, C. The effects of adapting their home on the meaning of home for families with a disabled child. Disability & Society, 31(4), 481-496.
  4. Sheerman, L., Marston, H., Musselwhite, C., & Morgan, D. COVID-19 and the secret virtual assistants: the social weapons for a state of emergency. Emerald Open Research, 2, 19
  5. Burholt, V., Windle, G., Gott, M., & Morgan, D. Technology-Mediated Communication in Familial Relationships: Moderated-Mediation Models of Isolation and Loneliness. The Gerontologist

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

    Other supervisor: Dr Deborah Morgan
    Other supervisor: Prof Vanessa Burholt
  • Hiraeth- The impact of language on Welsh speaking service users' experience of health and social care services and implications for practice (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Deborah Morgan
    Other supervisor: Dr Charles Musselwhite
  • What impact do virtual assistants have on wellbeing in the oldest old demographic? (current)

    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