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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September 1, 2022
Fall 2022
  • Research Center Announcements
  • Upcoming Student Events
  • Upcoming Conferences
  • Faculty Research Incentive
  • Recent Publications
  • Parker Research Activities 
  • Faculty Writing Jail
  • Research Reminders
Research Center Announcements

ACC-RAC 2022

Parker University faculty, staff, students, and administration attended the ACC-RAC 2022 Conference in July.  Parker was well-represented by 11 faculty members who presented in a variety of formats including workshops, platforms, moderating, and a poster presentation.

Parker University is now offering an MS in Clinical Research. 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 Contributes to Pediatric Chiropractic Book
Dr. Katherine Pohlman contributed to the third edition of Anrig and Plaugher's Pediatric Chiropractic, which was published in August of 2022.  Dr. Pohlman is credited with writing chapter two, "Patient Safety Culture:  A Necessity for Chiropractic and Pediatric Health".
Upcoming Student Events

15th of Every Month: Journal Club

  • 5:00 - 6:00 pm
  • Hosted by Dr. Chris Malaya
    • Faculty can request to have a paper they present in their class be part of this program
  • Virtual via TEAMS (email research@parker.edu to be added to the calendar invitation)

September 29th:  Dr. Kathryn Hartlieb presents "Motivational Interviewing"

  • 12:00 - 2:00 pm
  • S 102/103/TEAMS Live
  • Research Assembly Credit


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November 1st:  Dr. Andreas Eklund presents "Maintenance Care"

  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • S 102/103/TEAMS Live
  • Research Assembly Credit

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November 17th: Dr. Martha Funabashi presents "Biomechanical Research and Why/How it Impacts Patients"

  • 12:00 - 1:00 pm
  • S 102/103/TEAMS Live
  • Research Assembly Credit

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Upcoming Conferences
11th WFC ACC Global Education Conference
November 2-5, 2022

Location: Logan University. Chesterfield, MO.
For more information and registration, please visit: www.wfccongress.org/

Parker University Activities:  For the full line-up click here
Neuroscience 2022
November 12-16, 2022

Location: San Diego, CA
For more information and registration, please visit: https://www.sfn.org/meetings/neuroscience-2022
Education Research and Building Faculty Scholarship and Research Capacity
December 3, 2022
Location: Virtual
Submit abstracts here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CERF2022Dec (due Sept 18th)
For more information and registration, please visit: https://cerfweb.org/

Leadership in Education
March 23-25, 2023
Location: New Orleans, LA
Abstracts Due:  September 10, 2022
For more information and registration, please visit : https://acc.memberclicks.net/acc-rac-conference
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.

See https://my.parker.edu/ICS/Research/Faculty_Staff_and_Admin/Research_Incentive_Program.jnz for more information.
Recent Publications
  • https://doi.org/10.1186/s12998-022-00432-6
  • Ravindran A, Malaya C, John I, Francisco G, Layne C, Contreras-Vidal J. Decoding neural activity preceding balance loss during standing with a lower-limb exoskeleton using an interpretable deep learning model. J. Nerual Eng. 19 036015. https://doi.org/10.1088/1741-2552/ac6ca9
  • JMPT,Volume 45, Issue 2,2022, Pages 127-136. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmpt.2022.04.002
  • Comparison of treadmill gait between a pediatric-aged individual With SYNGAP1-related intellectual disability and a fraternal twin. Front Hum Neurosci. 2022 Jun 22;16:918918. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2022.918918
  • Funabashi M, Gorrell L, Pohlman K, Bergna A, Heneghan N. (2022) Definition and classification for adverse events following spinal and peripheral joint manipulation and mobilization: A scoping review. PLoS ONE 17(7): e0270671. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0270671
  • Ravindran A, Malaya CA, John I, Francisco GE, Layne CS, Contreras-Vidal JL. Distinct Kinematic and Neuromuscular Activation Strategies During Quiet Stance and in Response to Postural Perturbations in Healthy Individuals Fitted with and Without a Lower-Limb Exoskeleton. Front Hum Neurosci. 2022 Jul 15;16:942551. https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2022.942551.
  • Smith DL, Olding K, Malaya CA, McCarty, Haworth J, Pohlman KA. The influence of flexion distraction spinal manipulation on patients with lumbar spinal stenosis: a prospective, open-label, single-arm, pilot study. J Bodyw Mov Ther. 2022 Oct; 32:60-67. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbmt.2022.05.012
Parker Research Activities 
Faculty Writing Jail
  • Beginning September 13th (Research Center Space or via TEAMS)
    • Every 2nd Tuesday 9:00 - 11:00 am (9/13, 10/11, 11/8)
    • Every 3rd Friday 9:00 - 11:00 am (9/16, 10/21, 11/18)
    • Every 4th Tuesday 1:00 - 3:00 pm (9/27, 10/25, 11/22)
  • The Research Center is offering a quiet space with a team member available to aid in all research-related writing and conference submissions.
  • Join our Microsoft Team HERE
 Research Reminders
  • Parker University has switched to 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 October 5th —please complete no later than October 26th.
  • 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
Director of Research


Amanda Watkins, MAT
Asst. Director, Research Administration


Chris Malaya, DC, PhD(c)
Clinician Scientist


Zak Monier, MS, RD, LD
Research Project Manager