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School of Health and Society

Dr Yeliz Prior

Senior Research Fellow, Director of Postgraduate Research


Yeliz joined the University in 2011 to investigate the consequences of rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease (RMDs) on individuals and society as a whole, and identify target for interventions. Yeliz has trained as an Occupational Therapist at Salford, and obtained her Ph.D. in Epidemiology of Joint Pain in Older Adults from the Primary Care & Health Sciences, Keele University. Following these, she has gained postgraduate education in Qualitative Methodologies from the University of Oxford, and Advanced Epidemiological Analysis from the London School of Hygiene and Tropic Medicine to become a mixed-methods researcher. To date, Yeliz has successfully delivered a number of randomised clinical trials, large survey studies and qualitative projects at the School of Health Sciences, and current research projects include the MSKHUB [a digital health platform to help people with MSCs to self-manage], FAMe Trial [Fibromyalgia Self-Management Education Programme] and studies investigating the impact of RMDs on work participation, such as the WorkWell Trial and WorkPROMs development and testing.

In addition to being a clinical researcher, Yeliz is the Director of the Postgraduate Research at the School of Health Sciences, supervises a number of PhD students, lectures in the undergraduate and postgraduate courses at the Health Sciences and an external examiner at the University of Surrey. Clinically, Yeliz also holds weekly rheumatology occupational therapy clinics at the Mid Cheshire NHS Trust in addition to her full time role at the University.

Alongside her academic and clinical roles, Yeliz contributes to the field of Rheumatology as the Education Officer of the British Health Professionals in Rheumatology (BHPR) Council, and a member of the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) Scientific Committee. Yeliz also sits at the Editorial Board of the Rheumatology Advances in Practice Journal, published by the Oxford University Press.

Research Interests

  • Investigation of disabilities in daily activities, work and leisure amongst people with rheumatic (RMDs) and musculoskeletal conditions (MSCs).
  • Self-management of pain, fatigue and depression in people with rheumatic and MSCs.
  • Work rehabilitation or vocational rehabilitation of people with long-term conditions.
  • Self-management in Fibromyalgia.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.
  • Motivational Interviewing.
  • Use of digital health technologies to enhance health & quality of life outcomes.
  • Outcome measurement development and psychometric testing.

Qualifications and Memberships


PhD Epidemiology

PgCert. Academic Practice [PGCAP]

BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Diploma in Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

Diploma in Counselling

HND Business and Information Technologies

Professional Memberships

Fellow of Higher Education Agency (FHEA)

Full Member of Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Full Member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT)

Full Member of British Health Professionals in Rheumatology (BHPR)