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Dr Tracy Collins

Assistant Professor

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, living well with dementia and the prevention of loneliness and social isolation. She has experience in conducting qualitative longitudinal research and in utilising multiple methods and secondary data.  Tracy is an experienced MSc and PhD supervisor and examiner. She also regularly acts as a peer reviewer for academic journals and research grant funders. 

Tracy Collins

Campus Address

Room H215
Coach Lane Campus
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE7 7XA

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Factors influencing the use of aquatic therapy: an occupational perspective., Young, S., Collins, T. 27 May 2022, In: International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Experiences of Living with Severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, Strassheim, V., Newton, J., Collins, T. 5 Feb 2021, In: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
  • Frequent callers to UK ambulance services in the COVID-19 pandemic: managing mental health, social isolation and loneliness, Scott, J., Burtrand, H., Churchill, T., Cole, R., Collins, T., Daxner, N., Fidler, G., Hammond-Williams, J., Marlow, B., McNally, A., O'Keefe, J., Petterson, R., Powell, D., Scott, S., Scaife, J., Smylie, J., Strickland, A. 1 Sep 2021, In: British Paramedic Journal
  • OP0258-HPR Is there a subset of patients with Sjögren’s syndrome who are more at risk for sexual dysfunction? Results from a scoping review., McCready, J., Hogg, M., Deary, V., Collins, T., Hackett, K. 19 May 2021, In: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
  • An exploration into the conversations around sexual functioning that males with Sjögren’s syndrome have on an internet forum, McCready, J., McCarty, K., Deary, V., Collins, T., Hackett, K. 2 Jun 2020, In: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
  • 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. 2 Aug 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. Oct 2020, In: International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • P95 “Why do we have to lose this too?”: an exploration into the conversations around intimacy that individuals with Sjögren's syndrome have on an online forum, McCready, J., McCarty, K., Deary, V., Collins, T., Hackett, K. 1 Apr 2020, In: Rheumatology
  • Supportive strategies for men who have a care role: an occupational perspective, 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: A thematic review of qualitative literature, Hooper, E., Collins, T. 1 Jan 2019, In: Dementia

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Organising a conference, workshop, ...: Developing and Evaluating Community Christmas Events 2015
  • Oral presentation: Salford Community Christmas: evaluative research findings from an event for older people living with dementia and their carers 2015
  • Oral presentation: The personal communities of older widowed men. 2015
  • Invited talk: Later life widowhood and loneliness 2014
  • Invited talk: Christmas in later life: the experience of older widows 2014
  • Oral presentation: Conducting longitudinal research with older women: the benefits and challenges 2013
  • Oral presentation: The significance of social relationships in managing later life widowhood 2008
  • Oral presentation: Approaches to celebrating Christmas in widowhood 2006
  • Oral presentation: Transcending widowhood: Older women, social capital and social network type 2006
  • Oral presentation: Older women, transition, and social support network type: Adapting to widowhood in later life 2004

Kathleen Cowen Exploring the challenges and facilitators to older men’s social participation: therapeutic landscapes, intergenerational offerings and connected communities Start Date: 01/10/2019

  • Academic Studies in Education PGCert July 01 2015
  • Sociology PhD November 01 2011
  • Sociology MA July 01 2002
  • Occupational Therapy BSc (Hons) July 01 1996
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy FHEA
  • Registered Occupational Therapist


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