Dr Jerry Draper-Rodi is a Senior Research Fellow at the UCO and an academic clinician.

His current roles include working as the Head of CPD and as a Research Lecturer, and running an osteopathic practice in Oxfordshire. Jerry was awarded a Professional Doctorate in Osteopathy in 2016. His research was on the acceptability, feasibility and likely impact of a biopsychosocially-informed e-learning programme for non-specific LBP on experienced osteopathic practitioners' attitudes to back pain. He has presented his research at numerous conferences, including IFOMPT, SBPR, iO, CAMstrand and ICOM; and published articles in peer-reviewed journals and a book chapter. Jerry is a reviewer for the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine.  In 2016, Jerry received two prestigious awards, including The Research in Practice Award from the Institute of Osteopathy and The Secretaries Award from The Society for Back Pain Research. His research interests include biopsychosocial models of healthcare and their application within osteopathic practice, e-learning in osteopathic education, the effects of neuroscience education, clinical reasoning and mechanisms-based classification of pain, patients' experiences of biopsychosocial osteopathic care, and ways of assessing the therapeutic alliance.


Timothée Cayrol, Emma Godfrey, Jerry Draper-Rodi, Lindsay Bearne. (2018). Exploring Professional Circus Artists’ Experience of Performance-Related Injury and Management. A Qualitative Study. Medical Problems of Performing Artists. (in press) 

Draper-Rodi, Jerry, Steven Vogel, and Annette Bishop. (2018). "Design and development of an e-learning programme: An illustrative commentary." International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine 29, 36-40.

Draper-Rodi, Jerry, Steven Vogel, and Annette Bishop. (2018). "Identification of prognostic factors and assessment methods on the evaluation of non-specific low back pain in a biopsychosocial environment: A scoping review." International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine.

Thomson, Oliver P., et al. (2018) "'The ghost in the machine'-But whose ghost is it and what machine? A response to Wallden and Chek's editorials." Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies 22(4), 1022-1024.

Delion, T., & Draper-Rodi, J. (2018). University College of Osteopathy students' attitudes towards psychosocial risk factors and non-specific low back pain: A qualitative study. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 29, 41-48.

Vogel , S., Draper-Rodi,  J. (2017). The importance of pilot studies, how to write them and what they mean. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 23, 2-3.

Draper-Rodi, J., Vogel, S., & Bishop, A. (2016). Impact of an e-learning programme on the biopsychosocial model for non-specific low-back pain on experienced osteopaths’ attitudes to back pain: A mixed-methods study. Manual Therapy, 25(6), e167–e168.

Gabutti, M., & Draper-Rodi, J. (2014). Osteopathic decapitation: Why do we consider the head differently from the rest of the body? New perspectives for an evidence-informed osteopathic approach to the head. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 17(4), 256–262.

Draper-Rodi, J. (2013). Alterations in the multifidus structure and activity in individuals with unilateral recurrent low back pain, despite being pain free and functionally recovered. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 16(2), 122–123.

Draper-Rodi, J. (2013). Should we start carrying out HVT on disc herniations? International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 16(4), 244–245.

Gabutti, M., Draper-Rodi, J. (2013). Re: An investigation of cranial motion through a review of biomechanically based skull deformation literature. International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine, 16(3), 178- 179.