The World Federation of Chiropractic Announces Parker University’s Dr. Dana Lawrence as its Replacement American Chiropractic Association Director

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The World Federation of Chiropractic Announces Parker University’s Dr. Dana Lawrence as its Replacement American Chiropractic Association Director

Parker University is excited to announce that Dr. Dana Lawrence, the Associate Provost of Education and Research and Director of Parker’s Quality Enhancement Plan, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC). The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has nominated him as a successor to Dr. Michele Maiers, who stepped down from the WFC Board of Directors to focus on her role as ACA President.

The WFC Board of Directors is comprised of 13 representatives (nominated or elected) from each of the WFC’s seven world regions.

“It is my pleasure to inform you of our own Dr. Dana Lawrence’s new appointment to the Board of Directors of the WFC. He clearly brings extensive experience in the profession and will be an asset to the WFC. We extend our sincere congratulations to him for this new opportunity,” says Parker University President Dr. William E. Morgan.

Dr. Lawrence’s career started at the National University of Health Sciences. In years past, Dr. Lawrence was the Senior Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning, as well as interim Senior Director for Continuing Education and Events at Palmer College of Chiropractic and a member of the research department. He is a past editor of several scientific journals and has published several textbooks. Dr. Lawrence serves on more than 20 editorial boards, is an associate editor for several others, and was a member of the Ad Hoc Committee for the Office of Alternative Medicine. He was the first chiropractor to be a member of the Alternative Medicine Program Advisory Council of the OAM and the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. He was even asked to participate in President Clinton’s health care reform program.

In 1998, Dr. Lawrence was named Researcher of the Year by the Foundation for Chiropractic Research and Education and was awarded two Presidential Leadership Awards from the American Chiropractic Association. In 2013, Dr. Lawrence was named Academician of the Year by the ACA.

Dr. Lawrence serves as past Chair and current Vice-Chair for the institutional review board (IRB) for Genesis Health Care. He has his Doctor of Chiropractic degree and master’s degrees in medical education (MMedEd) from the University of Dundee and in bioethics and health policy (MA) from Loyola University Chicago.

Dr. Lawrence shares, “I am well beyond grateful to have this opportunity to serve. I sincerely hope I live up to the trust that the WFC and ACA have placed in me as we move forward, and I am eager and excited to play a role.”

To learn more about the WFC or Dr. Lawrence’s new role, visit

About the World Federation of Chiropractic

Members of the WFC are 90 national associations of chiropractors in 89 nations. The WFC represents them and the chiropractic profession in the international community. The organization’s goals include acting with national and international organizations to provide information and other assistance in the fields of chiropractic and world health, promoting uniform high standards of chiropractic education, research, and practice,

developing an informed public opinion among all peoples with respect to chiropractic, and advancing the chiropractic profession and protecting the character and status of the profession. 

About Parker University

Parker University, the fourth-fastest growing college in Texas and the fastest-growing college in Dallas, was founded in 1982 by Dr. James William Parker (formerly Parker College of Chiropractic). Today, Parker University has more than 1,800 students and 34 academic programs, including its famed chiropractic program, as well as master’s degrees in neuroscience, clinical neuroscience, strength and human performance, and functional nutrition. Currently, Parker University’s chiropractic cohort is the second largest of any campus in the world.