Parker Research Center

A Leader in Research

The Parker University Research Institute 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.

A Leader in Research

The Parker University Research Institute 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.

About Us

As the currency for the future of chiropractic, research is in need of your support. With a small research infrastructure, Parker University has limited opportunities for federal funding. However, with funding from you, the research that can be conducted could be focused on our interest and not just that of the government. Currently, Parker University is involved in clinical, education, and health service research projects on a vast range of topics, including: chronic back pain, pregnancy, pediatrics, patient safety, force-sensing technology, pedagogy, and balance. Help continue to fund these projects and more!

The most successful chiropractic research center in the world is funded mostly by practicing chiropractors. Parker University could have the same impact with your investment. Thank you!

Research Personnel

Dana Lawrence, DC, MMedEd, MA

Associate Provost for Education and Research

Dr. Lawrence is Associate Provost of Education and Research at Parker University, Dr. Lawrence was previously the Senior Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning and interim Senior Director for Continuing Education and Events at Palmer College of Chiropractic, and before that was a member of the research department. Prior to coming to Palmer College, Dr. Lawrence spent 23 years at National University, leaving that institution as a dean of one of its 3 colleges.

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Katherine A Pohlman, DC, DICCP, MS, PhD

Director of the Research Center

Dr. Katherine (Katie) Pohlman is Parker’s Clinical Research Scientist with a specialty in research methodology. She has been active in scientific publishing since 2009, serves as a peer-reviewer for several journals and conference, and on the editorial board for 2 chiropractic journals.

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Chris Malaya, PhD

Supervisor for Student Research |  Research Associate

Dr. Chris Malaya is a doctor of chiropractic graduating from Parker University in 2018 with research honors. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Motor Control from the University of Houston and working to expand the ever-growing body of chiropractic research. His current research interests are in sensorimotor integration, postural control and adaptation, as well as biomechanics. As the Research Associate at Parker, he supervises research activities of DC students.

You can contact me at: cmalaya@parker.edu

 

Destiny Yerby McElroy

Research Program Manager | Supervisor of Faculty Research

Destiny Yerby McElroy is the Research Program Manager at Parker University. Her responsibilities consist of  overseeing faculty research, teaching the Faculty Process of Integrating Evidence (PIE) facilitators evidence-based practiced (EBP), managing Student PIE activities, teaching database searching as a guest lecturer, working on research manuscripts, as well as is the newly assigned conference coordinator for PIE for CIH Educators hosted at Parker University in August 2020. Her research interest are clinical research, EBP, and librarianship. "As my career begins, I look forward to contributing to the interdisciplinary relationship between evidenced-based research and librarianship". Additionally, she is a guest speaker at the University of Texas at Dallas, discussing her journey from pre-med to medical librarian and lastly, is the author of a children’s book, Life is Hard, being illustrated by Danielle Hammad, tentatively to be published early next year.
  • Awards
  • Collaboration & Grants
  • Policies & Procedures

Awards

A team of researchers from the Parker Research Institute led by Dr. Xue-Jun Song claimed first place for the best scientific paper at the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Eighth Biennial Congress. Team members assisting with the research include Mr. Qiang Gan, Dr. Jun-li Cao, Dr. Zheng-bei Wang, and Dr. Ronald L. Rupert, Dean of the Parker Research Institute.

Spinal Manipulation Reduces Pain and Hyperalgesia Produced by Lumbar Intervertebral Foramen Inflammation in the Rat” (J Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics, in press) received The Scott Haldeman Award, the first prize in the International Conferences on Chiropractic Research administrated by the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research at the Eighth World Federation of Chiropractic Biennial Congress, Sydney, Australia, June 16-18, 2005.

Dr. Ndetan received the 2nd place award at the 15th Annual Research Appreciation Day oral presentation for his study on Injuries Associated with learning the manipulative therapy. The award was presented at the University of North Texas Health Science Center in April 2007.

An Honorable Mention was awarded to the Parker Research Institute for “Ask Me About Smoke Free” campaign by the Texas Council on Cardiovascular Disease and Stroke, Texas Department of Health, 2006.

March 2017 – Pohlman KA, Bodnar P, Ndetan H, Kawchuk G

Do clinician and patient reports of adverse events align? Assessing adverse events after chiropractic care at a chiropractic teaching clinic: an active surveillance pilot study.

March 2017 – Odhwani A, Giggleman, Sarkar Pradip, Pohlman KA.

Baseline evaluation of the evidence-based practice competencies for faculty and students at a chiropractic program: a cross-sectional survey.

March 2017 – Goertz C, Long C, Vining R, Pohlman K, Walter J, Coulter I.

Assessment of chiropractic treatment for active duty, U.S. military personnel with low back pain: a randomized controlled trial.

January 2016 – Ndetan, HT, Chiusano M.

The role of chiropractic care in the treatment of dizziness and balance disorder.

May 2015 – Xue-Jun Song, MD, PhD, Harrison Ndetan, et. al.

Spinal manipulation attenuates neuropathic pain through activating endogenous anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10.

October 2013 – Harrison Ndetan, MSc, MPH, DrPh, Ronald L. Rupert, MS, DC

Relationship of acetaminophen and alcohol to kidney dysfunction: Opportunity for health promotion and disease prevention in chiropractic.

Collaboration & Grants

One of the most important elements of clinical research involves the successful recruitment of patients. Previous studies of chiropractic practices reveal that word-of-mouth and patient referrals are superior methods of advertising. A similar trend is often observed in the recruitment of patients for clinical trials.

In an effort to gain greater public exposure and establish a positive rapport with the community, researchers at the Parker Research Institute devote a significant portion of their time to various community health events/projects and organizations. Patients are not only presented with the opportunity to participate in research that might be of importance to them, but they become educated about chiropractic wellness and the benefits of chiropractic care to their overall health and well being.

Perhaps the motivation to make a difference in the lives of community members may best be described in a thank you letter from a former patient, “It pleases me to just be noticed and considered.”

Working with Others Nationally and Internationally

A significant portion of research conducted at the Parker Research Institute has been made possible through collaborations with various educational institutions and organizations across the U.S. and abroad. These collaboration efforts add diversity and specialized expertise to our research projects, greatly influencing the quality of research produced at the Parker Research Institute.

Collaboration

Dr. Ndetan Collaborating with Dr. Hawk et al: Ankle Sprain study (2013 – 2014): Chiropractic Care and a Specific Regimen of Nutritional Supplementation for Patients with Acute Ankle Sprain: a Multisite Randomized Controlled Trial
Funded by Standard Process
Grant amount: $689,000.00