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Tracy graduated with a BSc in Occupational Therapy from Leicester University in 1996. She has an MA in Sociology from The University of Memphis, which she studied part time while working as an Occupational Therapist in the USA. After returning to the UK, she continued to study part time at Keele University while working as an Occupational Therapist in the NHS, she completed her PhD in 2011.
In 2006 she took an academic post at the University of Salford. She currently teaches on the Occupational Therapy undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and the Dementia postgraduate programme. In addition to her undergraduate teaching, she has developed and teaches an online postgraduate interdisciplinary research methods module using a virtual learning environment and a postgraduate interdisciplinary life engagement and dementia module utilizing a blended learning approach, she is also a Masters and PhD supervisor.
Tracy has research interests in social capital, personal communities and community engagement. She is currently conducting postdoctoral research with older widowers building on her doctoral research with older widows. This research is supported by the Vice Chancellor's Early Career Research Scholarship. Tracy has also recently conducted evaluative research of a community Christmas event for older people supported by the Wellcome Trust. As a result of her doctoral and postdoctoral research she is an invited member of the Campaign to End Loneliness Research Hub. Tracy is also the research lead for occupational therapy at the University, and a reviewer for the Health and Social Care in the Community Journal and Dementia: The International Journal of Research and Practice.