About the NCOR team


NCOR Director Dr Jerry Draper-Rodi

Jerry graduated in France in 2007 and moved to the UK in 2009. He works in private clinical practice and is a Senior Research Fellow at the University College of Osteopathy. He completed his doctorate in 2016 on the biopsychosocial management of low back pain with a main focus on translating evidence in clinical practice.

Jerry’s interests centre around the management, treatment and care of those with long-term musculoskeletal pain. He is currently the primary investigator on two projects: OSCaR, a single case experimental design on low back pain and UrGEnT, a mixed methods study on the experience of students from underrepresented groups in osteopathic training and all UK osteopathy students’ cultural humility. He also works in collaboration with the Osteopaths for Progress in Headaches and Migraines (OPHM) on an educational project on headaches.

Jerry supervises David Hohenschurz-Schmidt, PhD candidate at Imperial College London, who is looking at best research methods for evaluating complex interventions, including osteopathy.

He is the Treasurer of the Society for Back Pain Research, formed in 1971 to promote the study of all clinical and scientific aspects of spinal and neck pain and to encourage research into its causes, treatment and prevention.

Jerry was appointed Director of NCOR in November 2021. His role is to manage and develop NCOR, work with a variety of stakeholders to devise strategies and advocate and promote research awareness and research amongst osteopaths to advance and optimise patient treatment and care.

For a list of his positions and publications, please visit https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1900-6141

Jerry Draper-Rodi



Jerry Draper-Rodi


NCOR Senior Research Officer – Dr Carol FawkesCarol Fawkes graduated from the British School of Osteopathy in 1988 and was awarded the Diploma in Osteopathy; she graduated from the British College of Acupuncture in 1992 with a Licentiate in Acupuncture.

Carol was awarded a PGCert in Evidence based in Health Care in 2006 from University of Oxford. She completed an MSc in Health Care Research Methods in 2005 and was awarded her PhD in 2017 at Barts and The London, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Carol was appointed Research Officer for the National Council for Osteopathic Research in 2004. Her professional responsibilities involve running a network of research groups in the United Kingdom. These small groups undertake a variety of small projects and investigate a variety of topics using research evidence to inform practice.

Carol has been involved in the development of a data collection survey tool for osteopathy and a series of studies investigating adverse events in osteopathy. More recently she has taken on the responsibility and developement of a project to collect osteopathic patient reported outcomes.

Carol Fawkes
Carol Fawkes