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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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.
Clinician Scientist
cmalaya@parker.edu
Amanda Watkins, MAT
Ms. Watkins joined Parker University as the Assistant Director of Research Administration in March of 2022. She has her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M and a master’s degree from George Fox University. Amanda brings more than twenty years of experience in higher education to the Research Center team and will be assisting the Director in growing research at Parker University.
Assistant Director of Research Administration
amandawatkins@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
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ACE
Abstracts for Clinical Evidence
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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. Ashley Long
  • Mr. Rick Robinette
  • Dr. Vanessa Morales
  • Dr. Darren Howland
  • Dr. Kathryn Hartlieb
  • Dr. Arlette Petterson
    Public Member
  • Dr. Michael Gottlieb
    Public Member
  • 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

Dr. Katie de Luca – Summer 2022

Dr. Martha Funabashi – Summer 2022

Dr. Amy Miller – Summer 2022

Dr. Andres Eklund – Summer 2022