A Leader in Research

The Parker University Research Center coordinates and facilitates the development and execution of a research agenda consistent with the overall mission of Parker University. That agenda has led to the advancement of the University within the scientific/professional community and contributed sound scientific evidence that supports public health and the chiropractic profession, education, business and technology.

Contact us at: research@parker.edu




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January 6, 2023
Winter 2023
  • Research Center Announcements
  • Upcoming RC Events
  • Upcoming Conferences
  • Faculty Research Spotlight
  • Faculty Research Incentive
  • Recent Publications
  • Parker Research Activities 
  • Faculty Writing Jail
  • MyParker Resources
  • Research Reminders
Research Center Announcements


Research Center Hires Dr. Kent Stuber
The Parker University Research Center is proud to announce the addition of assistant professor/clinician scientist, Dr. Kent Stuber, DC, PhD to its team. Dr. Stuber joined the Research Center on January 2nd.  He has published more than 50 papers in peer-reviewed literature. His research interests include patient-centered care, sports injuries, spinal stenosis, orthopaedic testing, and pregnancy-related musculoskeletal conditions.
Research Center
Open House
Come and see our new space and meet our team! The Research Center will be hosting an open house for faculty, staff, and administration on Tuesday, January 10th from 11:00 - 2:00 pm. Come by at your convenience to meet the Research Center faculty and staff and to check out our new office! We can't wait to see you there!
Parker Appoints
Swain and Funabashi
Adjunct Faculty

The Parker University Research Center has appointed Dr. Michael Swain, DC, PhD and Dr. Martha Funabashi, MSc, PhD as adjunct faculty members. In this role Dr.'s Swain and Funabashi will collaborate on research opportunities, mentor Parker students and faculty, and assist with grant funding opportunities. Dr. Michael Swain is a sports chiropractor, health researcher, and senior lecturer at Macquarie University in Australia. Dr. Martha Funabashi is a clinical research scientist at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Canada. Both Dr. Swain and Dr. Funabashi are fellows of the Chiropractic Academy for Research Leadership (CARL).

WFC Education Conference Highlights
Parker University faculty, staff, and administration attended the WFC Education Conference in November, which was hosted by Logan University in St Louis, MO.  Parker was well-represented by 13 faculty and administration members and one post-doctoral fellow who presented in a variety of formats. A CERF-WFC Honorable Mention was awarded for "Burnout syndrome in chiropractic interns: a pilot study," a presentation that Parker faculty Dr. Katherine Pohlman and Dr. Michael Moore collaborated on.

Master Of Science In Clinical Research
Parker University will be offering an MS in Clinical Research in Spring 2023. This program is dedicated to the innovation, development, and application of knowledge related to all aspects of clinical research. The mission of the program is to prepare health professionals to apply the knowledge and analytical skills to engage in clinical research, epidemiology, ethical and regulatory principles, and evidence-based healthcare.

Pohlman Appointed
Vice Chair of Research Committee for WFC
Dr. Katherine Pohlman has been appointed Vice Chair of the World Federation Chiropractic Research Committee. Dr. Pohlman, who serves as Director of Research at Parker, was appointed by the WFC Board of Directors. Dr. Pohlman commented, "I am delighted to have been honored with this prestigious position on the Research Committee. I look forward to working alongside Dr. Rubenstein to advance and promote research and evidence-based practice within the WFC."

Upcoming Research Center Events

15th of Every Month: Journal Club


January 12th:  Dr. Kent Stuber presents "Practice Informing Research and Research Informing Practice"

  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • E108/TEAMS Live
  • Research Assembly Credit

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March 16th:  Research Excellence - Faculty Research Presentations

  • An opportunity to see Parker faculty research presentations
  • 12:00 - 2:00 pm
  • S 102/103

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Upcoming Conferences

Leadership in Education
March 23-25, 2023
Location: New Orleans, LA
For more information and registration, please visit : https://acc.memberclicks.net/acc-rac-conference

Spine Week
May 1-5, 2003
Location: Melbourne, Australia
For more information and registration, please visit : https://www.spineweek.org/

17th WFC Congress
October 11-14, 2023
Location: Gold Coast, Australia
Abstracts due: June 1st
For more information and registration, please visit : https://www.chiro.org.au/wfccongress2023/#about
Faculty Research Spotlight
Dr. Abdellatif Alsharif
Dr. Abdellatif Alshrif, whose article, Effect of using virtual lab simulations on student's learning in online general physics courses, was published in the International Journal of Education, was awarded a faculty research incentive award during the Fall 2022 term.

Faculty Research Incentive

Parker University has a research incentive program of cash awards to non-research faculty, staff, and students for their involvement in research. The program is designed to encourage participation in research and help shape the research culture of the University.

Faculty, administration, students, and staff of the University (who are not dedicated research personnel) are eligible for participation in the program. Co-authors who are not from Parker are not eligible.

To be considered for an award, participants must submit an application.

For more information see:
Recent Publications
  • Alsharif, A. M. (2022). Effect of Using Virtual Lab Simulations on Student’s Learning in Online General Physics Courses. International Journal of Education, 14(3), 89. https://doi.org/10.5296/ije.v14i3.19931.
  • Schueren, S., Hunger, H., Pham, H., Smith, D. L., Layne, C., & Malaya, C. A. (2022). Immediate effect of lower extremity joint manipulation on a lower extremity somatosensory illusion: a randomized, controlled crossover clinical pilot study. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 16. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2022.1011997.
  • Doucet, C., Dubuc, L., Imbeau, C., Pohlman, K. A., & Blanchette, M. A. (2022). Chiropractic pediatric patient management and interdisciplinary collaboration: a descriptive cross-sectional study of chiropractors in Quebec. Chiropro Man Therap, 30(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12998-022-00464-y
Parker Research Activities 
Faculty Writing Jail
  • The Research Center will be revamping the Writing Jail format for the Winter 2023 term. Stay tuned for more information.
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MyParker Resources
The Research Center's myparker webpage has resources available for faculty and students. This includes the link to the research registry, information on the faculty research incentive program and faculty release time, a calendar with all of the Research Center events, information on Research Honors for students, a link to Human Protection Training, a link to a free student subscription to RRS education and much more. Visit the website to learn more.
 Research Reminders
  • Parker University uses Cayuse for submitting studies to the IRB. If you need access to the Cayuse IRB system to submit a protocol, please email Dr. Dana Lawrence at dlawrence@parker.edu.
  • If you are conducting a study, make sure that it is registered here.
    • For ongoing studies, you will receive a registration update the week of February 13th. Please complete no later than March 10th.
  • When your publication is accepted… Apply for the Research Incentive Award! Here is the link.
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Katherine A. Pohlman, DC, MS, PhD
Professor/Director of Research


Amanda Watkins, MAT
Asst. Director, Research Administration


Chris Malaya, DC, PhD
Clinician Scientist


Zak Monier, MS, RD, LD
Research Project Manager


Kent Stuber, DC, MS, PhD
Asst. Professor/Clinician Scientist