Katherine A Pohlman, DC, MS, PhD

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.


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. Assessing Attitudes of Patient-Centred Care Among Students in International Chiropractic Educational Programs: A Cross-Sectional Survey. Chiropr Man Therap 2019;2:46.

Eklund A, DeCarvalho D, Pagé I, Wong A, Johansson MS, Pohlman K, Hartvigsen J, Swain M. Expectations associated with treatment outcomes in patients seeking care for low back pain. A secondary analysis of data from a randomized clinical trial. Eur Spine J 2019;23(7):1378-1389.

Gleberzon B, Russell E, Pohlman KA. Use of Chiropractic Terminology and Perception of Chiropractic’s Identity Part 2: A Comparison of Survey Results between the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and Parker University. J Can Chiropr Assoc 2019 April;63(1):36-43.

Fernandez M, Moore C, Peng W, de Luca K, Pohlman KA, Swain M, Adams J. The profile of chiropractors managing patients with low back-related leg pain: Analyses of 1,907 chiropractors from the ACORN practice-based research network. Chiropr Man Therap 2019 27:19.

Manansala C, Passmore S, Pohlman KA, Toth A, Olin G. Change in Young Peoples’ Spine Pain Following Chiropractic Care at a Publicly Funded Healthcare Facility in Canada. Complementary Therap Clin Prac 2019;35:301-307.

Parnell Prevost C, Gleberzon BJ, Carleo B, Anderson K, Cark M, Pohlman KA. Manual Therapy for the Pediatric Population: a Systematic Review. BMC Complementary Altern Med 2019;19:60.

Funabashi M, Pohlman KA, Mior S, O’Beirne M, Westaway M, DeCarvalho D, Haig B, Wade DJ, Thiel HW, Cassidy JD, Hurwitz E, Kawchuk GN, Vohra S. SafetyNET Community-based patient safety initiatives: Development and application of a Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Survey. J Can Chiropr Assoc. 2018;62(3):130-142.

Goertz CM, Long CR, Vining RD, Pohlman KA, Walter J, Coulter I. The addition of chiropractic to usual medical care for low back pain: A controlled trial. JAMA Network Open. 2018;1(1):e180105. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.0105

Adams J, Kawchuk G, Breen Ax, De Carvalho D, Eklund A, Fernandez M, Funabashi M, Holmes MM, Johansson MS, de Luca K; Moore C; Page I; Pohlman KA; Swain MS; Wong AYL; Hartvigsen J. Leadership and capacity building in international chiropractic research: Introducing the Chiropractic Academy for Research Leadership (CARL). Chiropr Man Therap 2018 Feb 6;26:5.

Pohlman KA, Carroll L, Tsuyuki RT, Hartling L, Vohra S. Active versus passive adverse event reporting after pediatric chiropractic manual therapy: study protocol for a cluster randomized controlled trial. Trials 2017 Dec 1;18(1):575.

Pohlman KA, Carroll L, Hartling L, Tsuyuki R, Vohra S. Attitudes and opinions of doctors of chiropractic specializing in pediatric care toward patient safety: a cross-sectional survey. 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.