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Sharon Marilyn Ridgeway, British psychologist, researcher, mental health services professional. Chartered psychologist; certified qualification in social work, psychodynamic approaches to practice. Honorary fellow University Manchester; recipient Leo Baeck award Leo Baeck College, 1984, 85.


Ridgeway, Sharon Marilyn was born on August 27, 1959 in Bromley, Kent, England. Daughter of Lawrence Donald and Greta (Polchar) Ridgeway.


Student, Solihull Technology College, England, 1977. Bachelor in Psychology/Sociology with honors, Sunderland University, England, 1983. Master of Science in Applied Social Science, University London, 1987.

Doctor in Psychology, Mental Health and Deafness, University Manchester, England, 1998. Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, University Manchester, England, 1998.


Social work assistant with deaf people Cumbria Deaf Association, 1983-1985. Team leader social service London Borough of Barnet, 1988-1990. Research psychologist, head counseling services National Center Mental Health and Deafness, Manchester, England, since 1990.

Director, designer tutor counseling skills, personal growth courses, University Manchester, since 1983, director board studies counseling skills deaf people, 1992-1996, designer, coordinator national certified course in mental health and deafness, 1994. Member advisory group deaf issues and social work diploma Open University, member diploma social work course team, 1989-1991. Training committee Alliance Deaf Service Users and Providers, 1989-1992.

Member working group Keep Deaf Children Safe, 1989-1992. Management committee executive Manchester Disability Group, 1991-1993. Designer media programme for mental health awareness, deaf community programme.

Presenter in field; coordinator Expert Mental Health, World Federation Deaf, since 2009.


  • Chartered psychologist. Certified qualification in social work, psychodynamic approaches to practice.


  • Other Work

    • Author: The Deaf Alliance (Counselling and Deaf People), 1994. Editor: (newsletter) Special Interest Group Psychologists in Deafness, 1992-1994, Progress Through Equality, 1995. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Management committee executive Manchester Disability Group, 1991-1993. Governor local education authority Newbrook School, W. Didsbury, Manchester, since 1993. Trustee Deafway, Preston, Lancashire, 1998-2000.

Member Deaf Professionals in Mental Health Care (founder, secretary 1991-1996, chair since 1998), European Deaf Professionals in Mental Health Care (president 1994-1996, British Deaf Association representative since 1994), British Society Mental Health and Deafness (representative Brit Deaf Association since 1993, vice president 1996, chairman since 2000), British Association Social Workers, British Association Psychologists, European Society Mental Health and Deafness Council.


  • Other Interests

    Debates on deaf issues, reading, painting.


Married Noel Thomas Traynor.

Lawrence Donald Ridgeway

Greta (Polchar) Ridgeway

Noel Thomas Traynor.