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School of Health and Society

Dr Margaret Coffey

Reader in Public Health


Margaret came to Salford in 2010 as a Senior Lecturer after a period at Liverpool Hope University 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; Best Practice in Promoting Employee Health and Wellbeing in the City of London – see  Recent Phd studies that Margaret has supervised in this field include: ‘the impact of working in a social enterprise on health and wellbeing’ (Dr. James Chandler) and the ‘ageing, health and retirement choices in a diverse workforce: a case study of a large private sector retail organisation’ (Dr. Clare Edge).

Margaret is the Editor-in Chief of the International Journal of Workplace Health Management - which publishes double blind peer-reviewed research and practitioner articles and case studies that identify risks and challenges, best practice and real life implications for the individual, the employer and public health.

Margaret is also 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, including ‘Vascular health checks in Salford: an exploration using FARSITE data’ (2014) an evaluation of the Blackburn with Darwen NHS Health Check Programme’ (2010), and an evaluation of the Salford Community Food Workers Project (2009).  Currently Margaret is supervising, with Prof. Penny Cook and Dr. Anna Robins, the evaluation of the ‘Live Active, exercise referral scheme’ in Tameside, which is being carried out as part of a PhD.

Other projects that Margaret is working on include: an NIHR-funded ‘community alcohol health champions’ project led by Professor Penny Cook (Communities in Charge of Alcohol, CICA), which is looking at how the communities can support each other with alcohol advice and whether communities can influence local alcohol licensing decisions; an evaluation of the Supported Services provision in Tameside, with Dr. Anna Cooper-Ryan, and an evaluation of the ‘Swap to Stop – e-cigs pilot’ in Salford with Professor Penny Cook and Dr, Anna Cooper-Ryan.

Margaret has 9 PhD completions, and is currently supervising a further 5 students in the UK and co-supervising a Finnish PhD student.


Margaret is module leader for ‘Evidence-Based Public Health’ and contributes to the modules ‘Environment Health & Wellbeing’, ‘21st Century Global Public Health Challenges’ and ‘Research Methods Applied to Public Health’.

Research Interests

Margaret’s research interest include workplace health, the social determinants of health, health inequalities and evaluation health promotion interventions.

Qualifications and Memberships

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


Cook P.A., Hargreaves S.C., Burns E.J., de Vocht F., Parrott S., Coffey M., Audrey S., Ure C., Duffy P., Ottiwell D., Kenth K., Hare S., & Ardern K. (2018) Communities in charge of alcohol (CICA): a protocol for a stepped-wedge randomised control trial of an alcohol health champions programme.  BMC Public Health,

Moilanen T., Pietila A.M., Coffey M., Sinikallio S., and Kangasniemi M., (2017) ‘Adolescents’ lived experience of making health choices: an ethical point of view’, Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences

Edge C., Coffey M., & Cooper A.M. (2017) ‘Barriers and Facilitators to Extended Working Lives: a gender focus’ – Public Health Review 38 (2).

Coffey M., & Cooper-Ryan A. (2017) The development of the MSc Public Health at the University of Salford in Foldspang A., Muller-Nordhorn., Bjegovic-Mikanovic V., Otok R. (2017) 50 years of professional public health workforce development.  ASPHER’s 50th Anniversary Book, 2nd Edn.

O’Malley L., Adair P., Burnside G., Robinson L., Coffey M., & Pine C. (2016) An evaluation of a storybook targeting parental attitudes, intention and self efficacy to change their child’s oral health behaviour.  Health Psychology, Vol. 10 -

Moilanen T., Pietila A-M., Coffey M., Kangasniemi M. (2016) Adolescents’ health choices, related rights, duties and responsibilities: An integrative review.  Nursing Ethics

Robinson L., Adair P., Coffey M., Harris R., Burnside G (2016) Identifying the participant characteristics that predict recruitment and retention of participants to randomised controlled trials involving children: a systematic review.  BMC Trials, 17:294 -

Cooper A., Coffey M., & Dugdill L. (2014) Challenges in designing, conducting, and reporting oral health behavioural intervention studies in primary school age children: methodological issues.  Pragmatic and Observational Research, Vol 5, 43-51

Coffey M., Coufopoulos A., & Kinghorn K (2014) Barriers to Employment for Visually Impaired Women.  International Journal of Workplace Health Management, Vol 7, Issue 3, pp. 171-185

Coffey M., & Dugdill, L., (2013) Health and wellbeing, in Dwyer P., & Shaw S., (Eds) Social Policy.  Sage

Dugdill L., & Coffey M., (2009) Active Workplaces and Organisations in Dugdill, Crone & Murphy (Eds): Physical Activity and Health Promotion: Evidence based Approaches to Practice, Blackwell – ISBN: 978-1-4051-6925-7

Itua, I., Coffey, M., Merryweather D., Norton L., & Foxcroft, A., (2012), Exploring barriers and solutions to academic writing: Perspectives from students, higher education and further education tutors. Journal of Further & Higher Education, 38(3), pp 305-326

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. - doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcs112

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    doi: 10.1177/1757913910369087

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  doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcn148

Dugdill L., & Coffey M., (2009) Active Workplaces and Organisations in Dugdill, Crone & Murphy (Eds): Physical Activity and Health Promotion: Evidence based Approaches to Practice, Blackwell – ISBN: 978-1-4051-6925-7

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 doi: 10.1080/14623940802652979

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 doi: 10.1108/17538350910970192

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  doi: 10.1177/1468017309342177

Collins S., Coffey M., & Cowe F. (2009) Stress, Support & Well-Being as Perceived by Probation Trainees, Probation Journal, 45(3), pp 238-256  doi: 10.1177/0264550509337454

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

doi: 10.1080/09581590600986465

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 doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bch088

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