Katherine A Pohlman, DC, DICCP, MS, PhD(c)

Katherine Pohlman, D.C., M.S. Ph.D. is Director of Research at Parker University and an inaugural fellow of the Chiropractic Academy of Research and Leadership (CARL) program. She received Researcher of the Year in 2020 from the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), is the current Vice President of the ACA’s Council on Women’s Health, and has served as Vice President of the ACA’s Council on Chiropractic Pediatrics. Dr. Pohlman received her Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree and M.S. in Clinical Research from Palmer College of Chiropractic and her Ph.D. in Pediatrics from the University of Alberta.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. As lead study coordinator, Dr. Pohlman also has directed the world’s largest study evaluating patient safety among spinal manipulation therapy providers, which comprised a series of projects funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Her research interests have focused not only on study methodology, but also on the safety and effectiveness of chiropractic care in special populations including individuals suffering from chronic pain, children, and pregnant/post-partum women.Research interests: Patient safety in community based practices and chiropractic care for the pediatric / pregnancy / postpartum population.


Pohlman KA, Carroll L, Hartling L, Tsuyuki R, Vohra S. Pediatric chiropractors’ attitudes and opinions towards patient safety. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2016 Sept;39(7):487-493. Goertz CM, Salsbury SA, Vining RD, Long CR, Pohlman KA, Lamas GA. Upper cervical spinal manipulation does not lower blood pressure: results of a pilot sham-controlled trial. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2016 Jun;39(5):369-380.Hewitt E, Hestbaek L, Pohlman KA. Core competencies of the certified pediatric chiropractor: results of a Delphi consensus process. J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med 2016 Apr;21(2):110-114.Pohlman KA, Carroll L, Hartling L, Tsuyuki R, Vohra S. Barriers to implementing a reporting and learning patient safety system: pediatric chiropractic perspective. J Evid Based Complementary Altern Med 2016 Apr;21(2):105-109.Goertz CM, Long C, Vining R, Pohlman KA, Kane B, Corber L, Walter J, Coulter I. Assessment of chiropractic treatment for active duty, US military personnel with low back pain: a comparative effectiveness clinical trial with adaptive allocation (ACT 1). Trials 2016 Feb 9;17(1):70.Goertz CM, Xia T, Long CR, Vining RD, Pohlman KA, DeVocht JW, Gudavalli MR, Owens EF, Meeker WC, Wilder DG. Effects of spinal manipulation on sensorimotor function in back pain patients – a randomized controlled trial. Man Ther 2016 Feb;21:183-190.Vining RD, Salsbury SA, Pohlman KA. Eligibility determination for clinical trials: development of a case review process. Trials 2014,15:406.Xia T, Wilder DG, Gudavalli MR, DeVocht JW, Vining RD, Pohlman KA, Kawchuk GN, Long CR, Goertz CM. Study protocol for patient response to spinal manipulation – a prospective observational clinical trial on physiological and patient-centered outcomes in patients with chronic low back pain. BMC Complement Altern Med 2014;14:292.Vohra S, Kawchuk G, Boon H, Caulfield T, Pohlman KA. SafetyNET: An interdisciplinary team supporting a safety culture for a spinal manipulation therapy. Eur J Integrative Medicine: special Patient Safety edition 2014;6(4):473-477.Pohlman KA, O’Beirne M, Thiel H, Cassidy JD, Mior S, Hurwitz EL, Westaway M, Ishaque S, Yager JY, Vohra S. Development and validation of providers’ and patients’ measurement instruments to evaluate adverse events after spinal manipulation therapy. Eur J Integrative Medicine: special Patient Safety edition 2014;6(4):451-466.Pohlman KA, Vallone S, Nightingale L. Outcomes of a mentored pediatric research competition. J Chiropr Educ 2013;27(1):33-30.Pohlman KA, Holton-Brown, MS. Pediatric otitis media and spinal manipulative therapy: what does the literature say? J Chiropr Med 2012;11(3):160-169.Goertz CM, Pohlman KA, Vining RD, Brantingham JW, Long CR. Patient-centered outcomes of high-velocity, low-amplitude spinal manipulation for low back pain: a systematic review. J Electromyogr Kinesiol 2012;22(5):670-691.Wilder DG, Vining RD, Pohlman KA, Meeker WC, Xia T, DeVocht JW, Gudavalli RM, Long CR, Owens, EF, Goertz CM. Effect of spinal manipulation on sensorimotor functions in back pain patients: protocol for a randomized clinical trial. Trials 2011;12:161.Pohlman KA, Hondras MA, Long CR, Haan AR. Practice patterns of doctors of chiropractic with a pediatric diplomate: a cross-sectional survey. BMC Complement Altern Med 2010;10:26.Pohlman KA, Potocki EN, Lawrence DJ. Descriptive analysis and checklist critique of the articles in the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics, 1996-2007. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2009;32:654-659.