Tracy Collins

Dr Tracy Collins


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Office Times

Monday - Thursday 


I graduated from The University of Leicester, St Andrews School of Occupational Therapy, in 1996. I went on to work as a locum in London on medical and surgical wards and then worked for several years in the USA in physical rehabilitation and home health. Most recently I managed an Occupational Therapy department in a community hospital in North Staffordshire. I joined the University of Salford as a lecturer in Occupational Therapy in 2006.


Undergraduate and Postgraduate modules with a focus on research methods.

Research Interests

Social gerontology

Transitions, particularly those associated with later life

Social networks and relationships

Community engagement 

Qualifications and Memberships

PhD, MA, BSc (Hons)

British Association of Occupational Therapists

PGCAP, FHEA, HCPC registered 


Collins, T., Kenney, C. and Hesk, G. (forthcoming. 'It pushed me back into the human race': evaluative findings from a community Christmas event. Health and Social Care in the Community.

Collins, T. (forthcoming). Conducting longitudinal research with older widows: exploring personal communities through multiple methods. Journal of Women & Aging.

Collins, T. 2015. The personal communities of older widows: social relations, personal agency and flexibility in later life. In M. Bryant (Ed.), Social relationships and friendships: perceptions, influences on human development and psychological effects (pp 77-123). Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Collins, T. 2014. Managing widowhood in later life: the challenges encountered. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 21,2, 69-76.

Collins, T. 2013 Remembering the past, looking to the future: Christmas as a symbol of change in later life widowhood. Ageing and Society, Available on CJO 2013 doi: 10.1017/S0144686X13000329

Collins, T and Rushing, W. 2003 ‘Across the Pond: A comparative Analysis of Social Capital Formation in the United States and Great Britain’ Humanity and Society, 27, 1, 30-49.