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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. 

Education/Academic qualification

Academic Studies in Education, PGCert, University of Salford

Award Date: 1 Jul 2015

Sociology, PhD, Managing transition: a longitudinal study of personal communities in later life widowhood, Keele University

Award Date: 1 Nov 2011

Sociology, MA, Leisure, work and community: a comparison of the factors that affect social capital in the United States and Britain, University of Memphis

Award Date: 1 Jul 2002

Occupational Therapy, BSc (Hons), University of Leicester

Award Date: 1 Jul 1996


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