Dr Margaret Coffey

Dr. Margaret Coffey is a Reader in Public Health. She has a first class degree in Health (2000) and a PhD (2004), titled ‘Stress in the Workplace – An Action Research Case Study of Social Services’.  Margaret’s research focuses on two distinct, but interrelated areas: work based health and wellbeing, and health improvement in deprived populations, for which work, or lack of work, are key determinants of health. The unifying theme of her research is the desire to identify the underlying determinants of issues, such as: stress, absenteeism and ill health in order to inform the development of specific solutions in a participatory way.

Selected Publications:

  • Cooper A.M, Coffey, M, Dugdill L. (2014). Challenges in designing, conducting and reporting behavioural intervention studies in primary age child oral health – methodological issues. Pragmatic and Observational Research Vol 2014:5, pp. 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 & 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.
  • Collins S., Coffey M., & Morris (2010) Social Work Students: Stress, Support and Well-being, British Journal of Social Work, 40(3), pp 963-982
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Margaret’s expertise in research is evidenced by an Emerald Literary Award won in 2010 in respect of the ‘Outstanding Paper Award’ for the International Journal of Workplace Health Management, for the paper – ‘Designing a Stress Management Intervention in Social Services’ – Coffey M., Dugdill L., & Tattersall A., (2009).  More recently, in 2011, the ‘Working Well Team’ (Christine Parker, Tamara Brown, Lindsey Dugdill and Margaret Coffey, Vicki Dickens, Teresa Barrett and Krista Hopkinson) won a Chartered Society of Physiotherapists Award for Research & Practice.

Contact: m.coffey@salford.ac.uk