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Dr Michelle Evans

Dr Michelle Evans

evansm9@lsbu.ac.uk

Social Work, Community and Public Health

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1321-8944

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My expertise relates to qualitative phenomenological sensory research relating to Usher syndrome (congenital deafblindness). Prior to joining the London South Bank University (LSBU) academic team (2010), I worked with adults/children with sensory needs/disabilities and child/adult protection. I have BSL level 3 and deaf-blind communication Level 2. I am a doctoral Director of Studies, doctoral supervisor/panel member/ examiner, external examiner for Universities of Lincoln and Birmingham City and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I have BA first class (Hons) in social work, post-graduate certificate in higher education (Learning and Teaching), MA in Methods of Social Research and PhD.

I have co-published books which include ‘Sensory awareness and social work’, ‘Social work with people with learning difficulties' and 'Social work law, applying the law in practice (Evans, M and Harvey, D, 2022)' and completed a PhD entitled ‘Usher syndrome: A phenomenological study of adults across the lifespan’. I have published journals relating to this study, Multiple Sensory Communication and Interview Methods (MSCIM), which focuses on empowering people with Usher syndrome as participants in research published in the British Journal of Social Work (2017) and another relating to Usher syndrome as an unseen hidden disability (Evans, M and Baillie, L (2021) Usher syndrome an unseen hidden disability: A phenomenological study of adults across the lifespan living in England, Disability and Society https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/ZZ73HFXHAVQEVNBV8GIA/full?target=10.1080/09687599.2021.1889981). I have co-written, produced and directed a short film (drama) between Health and Social Care and Arts and Creative Industries/Film and Media at LSBU to raise Usher awareness based on findings from my PhD entitled ‘Seeing me through my eyes’ which explores being diagnosed, the experiences of, and living with Usher syndrome; this film was internationally screened at the American Public Health film festival (2021). I have also presented at international conferences to raise Usher awareness and presented at the European Social Work Research Conference (ESWRC) held in Amsterdam (2022). I have written an article relating to reasonable adjustments within disability/impairment (2018) and co-written an article pertaining to the decision-making experiences of young adults with kidney disease and other long-term conditions (2021).

Dissertations

‘Usher syndrome: A phenomenological study of adults across the lifespan living in England’ (2018) London South Bank University - PhD study

‘Factors that affect student engagement in the classroom: A study of final year student experiences on the intellectual/developmental disability social work/nursing joint program’ (2012) London South Bank University

‘Developmental journey from student social worker and beyond: A study of the lived experiences of student and qualified social workers/care managers’ (2011) University of Kent

‘To what extent are older people’s services aware of the meaning of dual sensory loss, the effect of it on a person’s quality of life and equipped to address dual sensory needs when they arise? : A study of dual sensory loss in older people’s services’ (2008)

London South Bank University

I am is interested to hear from prospective PhD students/others who are interested in engaging in research relating to qualitative, phenomenological sensory related issues, especially Usher syndrome.

Postgraduate Research Supervision
Current
Miss Laura Samantha MullenDoctoral Research ProjectPhD

Awarded in the last 5 years
Epigeum Supervisory TrainingPhD
Sarah Ofori-AnsahPhD

Young adults' experiences of dialysis and kidney transplant decision-making
Ofori-Ansah, S., Evans, M., Jones, J. and Thomas, N. (2021). Young adults' experiences of dialysis and kidney transplant decision-making. 49th EDTNA/ERCA International Conference. Virtual 04 - 07 Sep 2021

Young adults' experiences of decision-making: social media recruitment of participants
Ofori-Ansah, S., Jones, J., Evans, M. and Thomas, N. (2021). Young adults' experiences of decision-making: social media recruitment of participants. 49th EDTNA/ERCA International Conference. Virtual 04 - 07 Sep 2021 EDTNA/ERCA.

Usher syndrome, an unseen/hidden disability: a phenomenological study of adults across the lifespan living in England
Evans, M. and Baillie, L. (2021). Usher syndrome, an unseen/hidden disability: a phenomenological study of adults across the lifespan living in England. Disability & Society. 37 (10), pp. 1636-1658. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2021.1889981

Involvement of young people in a qualitative study that seeks to explore experiences of renal replacement therapy choice selection
Ofori-Ansah, S., Thomas, N., Jones, J. and Evans, M. (2019). Involvement of young people in a qualitative study that seeks to explore experiences of renal replacement therapy choice selection . PGR Summer School Conference. London South Bank University 01 - 04 Jul 2019 London South Bank University.

Young adults' experiences of dialysis or kidney transplant decision-making
Ofori-Ansah, S., Thomas, N., Jones, J. and Evans, M. (2019). Young adults' experiences of dialysis or kidney transplant decision-making. PGR Summer School Conference. London South Bank University 01 - 04 Jul 2019

Involvement of young people in a qualitative study that seeks to explore experiences of renal replacement therapy choice selection
Ofori-Ansah, S., Thomas, N., Jones, J., Evans, M. and Bullen, C Involvement of young people in a qualitative study that seeks to explore experiences of renal replacement therapy choice selection. UK Kidney Week Conference. Brighton 03 - 05 Jun 2019

Usher syndrome: A phenomenological study of adults across the lifespan living in England
Evans, MD (2017). Usher syndrome: A phenomenological study of adults across the lifespan living in England. PhD Thesis London South Bank University School of Health and Social Care https://doi.org/10.18744/PUB.002063

Empowering People Experiencing Usher Syndrome as Participants in Research
Evans, MD (2017). Empowering People Experiencing Usher Syndrome as Participants in Research. British Journal of Social Work. 47 (8), pp. 2328-2345. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcw147