Margaret Coffey

Dr Margaret Coffey

Reader in Public Health

Office Times

4.00pm – 5.00pm Tuesdays

9.00am – 10.00am Thursdays


Margaret came to Salford in 2010 after a period at Liverpool Hope University.  She is a Senior in Public Health, and Programme Leader for the MSc Public Health and was promoted to Reader in June 2013.  Margaret’s PhD focused on stress in the workplace, an action research case study of social services.  Margaret’s research interests focus on health, particularly at work, with a focus on the organisational, rather than the individual, factors that determine health and wellbeing in the workplace.  Margaret has been involved with a number of workplace health research projects, including: HEIC – Improving Workplace Health in the Public and Private Sector of Greater Manchester: Working Well; and Improving Mental Health & Wellbeing in Mental Health Trusts.

In addition, Margaret is interested in evaluating behaviour change interventions in respect of lifestyle, and the social determinants of health and health inequalities.  She has carried out a number of large evaluation projects, notably ‘an evaluation of the Blackburn with Darwen NHS Health Check Programme’ (2010), and an evaluation of the Salford Community Food Workers Project (2009).   

Margaret currently teaches Research Methods Applied to Public Health, Evidence based Public Health, and Tackling Health Inequalities at postgraduate level.  She is also a trustee of the charity Interchange, whose work involves engaging final year undergraduate students in voluntary research activity.


Research Methods Applied to Public Health (on the MSc Public Health programme)

Evidence Based Public Health (on the MSc Public Health programme)

Tackling Health Inequalities (on the MSc Environmental Life Sciences programme)

Research Interests

Workplace health

Stress in the workplace

The social determinants of health and health inequalities

Qualifications and Memberships

  • PhD – Liverpool John Moores University
  • BA (Hons) Health – Liverpool John Moores University
  • Member of the UK Public Health Association
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member of the Institute of Health Promotion and Education


Coffey, M & Samuel, U & Collins, S & Morris, L (2012), 'A Comparative Study of Social Work Students in India and the UK: Stress, Support and Well-Being', British Journal of Social Work.

Hardwick, L & Coffey, M (2011), 'What can those who govern, manage, and support voluntary sector organisations learn from a Merseyside knowledge exchange scheme?', Voluntary Sector Review: An international journal of third sector research, policy and practice.

Coufopoulos A., & Coffey M., & Dugdill L. (2010) Working as a Community Food Worker: Voices from the Inside, Perspectives in Public Health, 130 (4), pp180-185

Coffey M., Coufopoulos A. (2010) Creating a ‘Health Promoting Curriculum’ to inform the development of a Health Promoting University: a case study, International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 48(1), pp 4-8

Collins S., Coffey M., & Morris (2010) Social Work Students: Stress, Support and Well-being, British Journal of Social Work, 40(3), pp 963-982

Dugdill L and Coffey M (2009) Chapter 7 Active workplaces and organisations in Dugdill L, Crone D and Graham R (eds) Physical Activity and Health Promotion: Evidence-based Approaches to Practice. Wiley-Blackwells.

Dugdill L., Coffey M., Coufopoulos A., Byrne K., & Porcellatto L. (2009) Developing new community health roles: can reflective learning drive professional practice? Reflective Practice, 10(1), pp 125-134

Coffey M., Dugdill L., & Tattersall A. (2009) Designing a Stress Management Intervention in Social Services  International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 2(2), pp 98-114

Coffey M., Dugdill L., & Tattersall A. (2009) Working in the Public Sector: a case study of social services The Journal of Social Work, 9(4), pp 420-442

Collins S., Coffey M., & Cowe F. (2009) Stress, Support & Well-Being as Perceived by Probation Trainees, Probation Journal, 45(3), pp 238-256

Coffey M.,  & Dugdill L. (2006) Policies alone are not enough: workplace health development in the public, private and voluntary sector Critical Public Health, 16(3), pp 233-243

Coffey M., Dugdill L., & Tattersall A. (2004) Stress in Social Services: Mental Well-being, constraints and job satisfaction  British Journal of Social Work, 34, pp 735-746

Coffey M., Dugdill L., & Tattersall A. (2004) A study using existing local knowledge to develop practical, context specific interventions to reduce workplace stress in social services: using a focus group approach, Occupational Health Psychology: Key Papers of the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology, Volume 5, SMA Publishers, Lisbon, Portugal