Research Center

Prepare new scientists and life-long learners. Enhance University administrative support for research activities. Develop innovative, patient-centered research that contributes to the science of healthcare. Enhance awareness of Parker Research Activities.

Our Mission

Establish and sustain a culture that promotes research excellence, which is patient-centered and innovative.

Research Areas

Patient Safety

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Neuro / Motor Control

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Special Populations

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Nutrition

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EDP-Pi

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Faculty Research

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Student Research

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We developed the first instrument measuring patient safety attitudes and opinions of community-based SMT providers. This instrument provides understanding of SMT providers' opinions and attitudes on patient safety and identifies potential areas for improvement.

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Research Team

Katherine A Pohlman, DC, MS, PhD
Dr. Pohlman joined Parker University in 2015 with nine years of prior experience as a research manager and scientist, including the first project manager for Palmer Center of Chiropractic Research. In that position, she managed several federally-funded research studies, including the largest randomized controlled trial in the military for chiropractic, which was awarded from the Department of Defense.
Director of Research
kpohlman@parker.edu
Chris Malaya, DC, PhD
Dr. Chris Malaya is Parker alumni as he received his doctor of chiropractic degree in 2018 and was the first to graduate 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 and co-directs research activities on neuro/motor-control topics.
Research Associate
cmalaya@parker.edu
Dana Lawrence, DC, MMedEd, MA
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.
Associate Provost for Education and Research
dlawrence@parker.edu
Zak Monier, MS, RD, LD
Zak Monier, MD, RD, LD
Zak Monier is Research Project Manager at Parker University. Zak has a Masters of Nutrition & Dietetics and is a Registered Dietitian with experience in sports nutrition, nutritional counseling, conducting and publishing research. He previously served as Parker's Clinical Research Coordinator for studies that we were conducted in collaboration with Nutrient.
Research Project Manager
zmonier@Parker.edu
Grants
NCMIC Foundation, Inc. for P.I.E. Conference 2020
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Recognitions and Awards
2020 Parker's Presidential Award of Recognition
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Publications

Long AN, Chen PD.
George Mason University, Parker University
Hammerich K, Stuber K, Hogg-Johnson S, Abbas A, Harris M, Lauridsen HH, Lemeunier N, Maiers M, McCarthy P, Morales V^, Myburgh C, Petrini V, Pohlman KA, Mior S.
Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Central Queensland University, Southern Denmark University, Institut Franco-Européen de Chiropraxie, Northwestern Health Sciences University, University of South Wales, Parker University

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

Parker University Research Center has a policy for the protection of human subjects from research risk as set forth in Title 45, Part 46, of the Code of Federal Regulations (45 CFR 46). The detailed and complete Standard Operating Procedural Manual is on file in the office of the Human Protections Administrator. It is the policy of Parker University that, except for those categories specifically exempted by 45 CFR 46, all research covered by this policy will be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) established under the policy regardless of the source of funding of the research.

Parker University Research Center has a policy for the protection of human subjects from research risk as set forth in Title 45, Part 46, of the Code of Federal Regulations (45 CFR 46). The detailed and complete Standard Operating Procedural Manual is on file in the office of the Human Protections Administrator. It is the policy of Parker University that, except for those categories specifically exempted by 45 CFR 46, all research covered by this policy will be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) established under the policy regardless of the source of funding of the research.

IRB approval must be obtained before initiation of a study. The Human Protections Administrator assesses applications to determine if they involve human subject research; if so, the HPA will determine if the research meets criteria for Exemption under 45 CFR 46. All research that is not exempt is sent to the IRB for its consideration; research may be expedited if criteria is met, or reviewed by the full board.

The IRB functions as an institutional resource to safeguard the welfare of human subjects of research, to meet the requirements of funding agencies, and to protect investigators and the University from legal action.

The IRB membership consists of 9 individuals including the Chair. The membership includes faculty or professional personnel, and at least one member who is not otherwise affiliated with the University and who is not part of the immediate family of a person affiliated with the University.

Current IRB Members

  • Dr. Dana Hollandsworth
    Chair
  • Dr. Drew Riffe
    Vice-Chair
  • Dr. Jacqueline Elbel
  • Dr. Marty Hall
  • Ms. Ashley Long
  • Dr. Thomas Redenbaugh
  • Mr. Rick Robinette
  • Dr. Judy Rich
    Public Member
  • Ms. Becky Sullivan
    Non-Scientific Member
  • Dr. Vanessa Morales
    Alternate
  • Dr. Dana Lawrence (ex officio)
    Human Protections Administrator

Information about the IRB can be provided by contacting Dr. Dana Lawrence, dlawrence@parker.edu

Visiting Scholars