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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; and serves as Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Women & Aging, and Health and Social Care in the Community

Tracy Collins

Campus Address

Room H215
Coach Lane Campus
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE7 7XA

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Military Widows’ Experiences of Social Isolation, Loneliness and Unmet Social Needs, Wilson-Menzfeld, G., McGill, G., Moreland, M., Collins, T., Erfani, G., Johnson, A. 10 Apr 2024, In: Journal of Loss and Trauma
  • Seeking consensus on a play-based intervention framework for promoting play of children with HIV/Aids in a low-resourced setting: A Delphi Study, Munambah, N., Ramugondo, E., Collins, T., Cordier, R. 5 Feb 2024, In: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
  • Supporting older men’s social participation: A framework for engagement, Cowen, K., Collins, T., Wilson-Menzfeld, G., Carr, S. 23 May 2024, In: The Journal of Men's Studies
  • The Role of Occupational Therapy in Community Development to combat social isolation and loneliness, Cowen, K., Collins, T., Carr, S., Wilson-Menzfeld, G. 27 Mar 2024, In: British Journal of Occupational Therapy
  • A qualitative exploration of internet forum discussions surrounding female sexual function for individuals with Sjögren’s syndrome, McCready, J., McCarty, K., Deary, V., Collins, T., Hackett, K. 8 Sep 2023, In: PLoS One
  • Coping strategies, illness perceptions, and relationship dynamics contribute to female sexual function and sexual distress in Sjogren's syndrome, McCready, J., Deary, V., Collins, T., Lendrem, D., Hackett, K. 1 Jun 2023, In: Journal of Sexual Medicine
  • Exploring Military Widows' Experiences of Social Isolation and Loneliness, Wilson-Menzfeld, G., McGill, G., Kiernan, M., Collins, T., Johnson, A., Erfani, G., Moreland, M., Harrison, N. 6 Mar 2023
  • ‘Getting old is not all bingo and knitting’. An exploration of positive ageing and occupational participation through engagement with community leisure activities: a qualitative study, Lowe, J., Collins, T., Sallis, P. 2 Sep 2023, In: International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Understanding evidence and provision of services around social isolation and loneliness of military widow/ers: A scoping review, Johnson, A., Moreland, M., Kiernan, M., Collins, T., Wilson-Menzfeld, G. 27 Nov 2023, In: PLoS One
  • Factors influencing the use of aquatic therapy: perspectives from occupational therapists, Young, S., Collins, T. 2 Sep 2022, In: International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation

  • 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 End Date: 23/12/2022

  • 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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