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Dr Tracy Collins

Senior Lecturer

Department: Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing

Tracy is a registered Occupational Therapist with practice experience in the UK and USA, predominantly working with older people in the community. Prior to joining Northumbria University in 2017, Tracy worked at the University of Salford for 11 years teaching on the Occupational Therapy undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and the Dementia postgraduate programme. Tracy’s research has focused on social capital, later life widowhood, community engagement, and living well with dementia. She has experience in conducting qualitative longitudinal research and in utilising multiple methods and secondary data.  Tracy is a peer reviewer for the journals Health and Social Care in the Community, Dementia, Qualitative Sociology and Ageing and Society.

Tracy Collins

Campus Address

Room H215
Coach Lane Campus
Newcastle upon Tyne

Key Publications

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  • Development of the ‘Museum Health and Social Care Service’ to promote the use of arts and cultural activities by health and social care professionals caring for older people, Thompson, J., Brown, Z., Baker, K., Naisby, J., Mitchell, S., Dodds, C., Storey, P., Tiplady, S., Collins, T. 28 May 2020, In: Educational Gerontology
  • Occupational therapy, loneliness and social isolation: a thematic review of the literature, Collins, T., Davys, D., Martin, R., Russell, R., Kenney, C. 1 Apr 2020, In: International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • P95 “Why do we have to lose this too?”, McCready, J., McCarty, K., Deary, V., Collins, T., Hackett, K. 1 Apr 2020, In: Rheumatology
  • Supportive strategies for men who have a care role, Davys, D., Collins, T. 2 May 2020, In: International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • An occupational perspective of the lived experience of familial dementia caregivers, Hooper, E., Collins, T. 1 Jan 2019, In: Dementia
  • The personal communities of men experiencing later life widowhood, Collins, T. May 2018, In: Health and Social Care in the Community
  • Conducting longitudinal research with older widows: Exploring personal communities through multiple methods, Collins, T. 3 Mar 2017, In: Journal of Women and Aging
  • 'It pushed me back into the human race', Collins, T., Kenney, C., Hesk, G. 1 Sep 2017, In: Health & Social Care in the Community
  • The personal communities of older widows, Collins, T. 1 Jan 2015, Social relationships and friendships, New York, Nova Science Publishers

PGR Supervision

Kathleen Cowen Start: 01/10/2019


  • Sociology PhD November 01 2011
  • Registered Occupational Therapist


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