Dr Lizzie Coates

BA (Hons), MSc, PhD

Department of Neuroscience

Senior Research Fellow

+44 114 2159113

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Dr Lizzie Coates
Department of Neuroscience
Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN)
385a Glossop Road
S10 2HQ

I joined the Department of Neuroscience in March 2022 as a Senior Research Fellow in Neurological Health. I am a qualitative health services researcher with an interest in improving outcomes for people living with Motor Neuron Disease. I am working for Professor Chris McDermott on his National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Research Professorship ‘Better Outcomes in MND’.

Before joining the Department, I was based at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and before that, the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR) in The University of Sheffield.

During my nine years at ScHARR, I worked on several large-scale qualitative and mixed methods research grants funded by the NIHR and the Medical Research Council (HighCALS; PoPSTER; I-SOCIALISE; BRAINS; ACE; DAFNEplus and MALT). My research has focussed around developing and evaluating complex health interventions; adoption and implementation of digital health technologies; developing methodological standards in clinical trial design and knowledge mobilisation in policy and practice. I also previously worked for the NIHR Research Design Service for Yorkshire and Humber.

Prior to this, I worked as a social researcher in various UK government departments, completed my PhD in Sociology at the University of Surrey and Masters in Health Economics and Management at ScHARR, alongside working as a Research Assistant within ScHARR and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

Research interests
  • Motor Neuron Disease
  • Developing and evaluating complex health interventions
  • Knowledge mobilisation in practice and policy
  • Qualitative research methodology
  • Improving research design and reporting

Journal articles


  • Bulmer M, Coates E & Dominian L (2007) Evidence based policy making In Bochel HM & Duncan S (Ed.), Making policy in theory and practice Policy Pr RIS download Bibtex download

Conference proceedings papers


  • Taylor J, Coates E, Brewster L, Mountain G, Wessels B & Hawley M (2013) Examining the utilization of telehealth in community nursing: a case study identifying the barriers to and enablers of frontline staff acceptance and telehealth adoption RIS download Bibtex download
  • Campbell S, Benita S, Coates E, Davies P & Penn G (2007) Analysis for Policy: Evidence based policy in practice RIS download Bibtex download
  • Hibbert CL, Coates E, Brazier JE & Morris J (2004) Development of Healthcare Resource Groups for Adult Critical Care RIS download Bibtex download


  • Dimairo M, Todd S, Julious S, Jaki T, Wason J, Hind D, Mander A, Weir C, Koenig F, Altman D , Nicholl J et al (2017) Journeying through the development of a consensus-driven adaptive designs reporting guidance. Global Forum on Bioethics in Research. View this article in WRRO RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching interests

I have previous experience of teaching research methods to undergraduates, extensive experience of supervising Master’s dissertation students and to date, I have supervised two PhDs to successful completion.

I am interested in supervising future postgraduate students across all my research interests.

Current Projects
  • Better Outcomes in Motor Neuron Disease
  • HighCALS