Prof Yeliz Prior

School of Health & Society

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Contact Details

PO.54 Brian Blatchford
Frederick Rd Campus
University of Salford
M6 6PU

Current positions

Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation


Yeliz is a Professor of Clinical Rehabilitation and the Research Environment Lead at the School of Health and Society. She is a highly skilled mixed methods researcher who is dedicated to enhancing outcomes and improving the quality of life for individuals living with long term conditions. Her research spans the development of measurement tools, exploration of underlying causes of impairments, creation of evidence-based interventions, and assessment of their effectiveness on patients and clinical services. She is also interested in the transformative potential of digital solutions in empowering people, such as those with rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions.

Yeliz' research is informed by real-life experiences, achieved through extensive patient and public involvement and engagement, which serves to amplify the voices of diverse groups in examining current policies and practices for the improvement of service provision.

Areas of Research

Current research involves the effective management of long-term conditions, including but not limited to rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMD), work rehabilitation and the use of digital health technologies and wearables to enable wider access to health information, assessment, diagnosis, treatment and self-management, as well as supporting the continuous professional development of allied health professionals.

Beyond her specific research interests, Yeliz actively engages in broader systemic initiatives aimed at promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within research and academic community.

Areas of Supervision

Currently accepting applications from PhD candidates for the following project.

Project title: Improving access to work for people with Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Diseases

Work problems are common in people with arthritis. Up to half of people with inflammatory arthritis stop working within 10 years due to their condition and up to 67% report presenteeism (i.e., reduced work productivity), even when their disease in remission. Working people with osteoarthritis also experience difficulties at work due to pain and activity limitation, with little access to workplace accommodations or support. Employers need to be educated to support employees to create a positive work environment and promote available workplace support.

We are known for world-leading research in rheumatology rehabilitation and would welcome PhD candidates interested in identifying challenges and opportunities to improve access to work for all people with RMD, specifically those from underserved communities towards a more inclusive workforce. We are seeking for applicants from a background across allied and health professions, nursing, social sciences, medicine, health economics, and public health with interest in work and health.


Yeliz is the programme lead for taught aspect of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Prosthetics and Orthotics ( This centre combines expertise from the University of Salford, Imperial College London, the University of Strathclyde and the University of Southampton, along with more than 25 global industry partners and national facilities, with an aim to to train up to a total of 60 individuals to a doctoral level over an 8-year period.

Yeliz supervises postgraduate students and provides mentorship to nurses and allied health professionals interested in research. Additionally, she contributes to authoring textbooks and educational materials for nursing and allied health professionals, focusing on clinical education and digital health management.

Qualifications and Recognitions

  • Master Practitioner in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

    2016 - 2019
  • Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in Academic Practice

    2013 - 2014
  • PhD (Epidemiology)

    2008 - 2012
  • BSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy

    2005 - 2008

  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists Merit Award