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

Clinical Research Scientist
Research interests: Patient safety in community based practices and chiropractic care for the pediatric / pregnancy / postpartum population.

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. Dr. Pohlman is a co-investigator for several national and international novel and impactful clinical investigation, including the SafetyNET projects (Vohra et al., 2014). As a Clinical Project Manager for 5 years at the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research she was instrumental in conducting several federally funded clinical trials, including initiating the Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment for active duty US military personnel with low back pain (Goertz et al., 2016).

As an Assistant Professor she has developed several workshop series to assist fellow faculty members to be successful in conducting research in their area of interest, submit abstracts to scientific conferences, and become facilitators to integrate evidence-based concepts into the classroom setting. Her passion for rigorous methodology and innovative study designs has been recognized through her PhD graduate program at the University of Alberta with several awards including the Distinguished New Investigator Travel Scholarship to the Integrative Medicine & Health Conference, Graduate Studentship Grant through the Women and Children’s Health Research Institute, and an Educational Fellowship through NCMIC, Inc..


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.