Professor Yeliz Prior

The wounded healer

Professor Prior is widely recognised as an international leader in occupational therapy and research focused on understanding the impact of rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions on individuals’ daily lives, work, and society as a whole.

The notion of the ‘wounded healer’ is frequently invoked to explain why individuals with adverse childhood histories often gravitate toward professions in health and social care. This phenomenon is nearly universal among those in helping professions.

In her talk, she will guide us through her journey as a ‘wounded healer,’ completing a full circle as an immigrant and an autistic woman, navigating through personal and professional challenges, while evolving into the role of a health researcher. This exploration aims to critically examine the notion of the ‘wounded healer,’ drawing from the wider literature as well as her own experiences, encompassing aspects such as trauma, disability, and intersectionality.