Mission Statement

The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research is dedicated to advancing health care for patients by developing knowledge and translating knowledge that improves the practice of chiropractic. .

Research Vision

The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research impacts health care practice and policy through our universally recognized, robust and sustainable collaborative research, attracting accomplished scientists, high-level staff and dedicated trainees.

Now recruiting for research studies

The primary mission of Palmer's Research Clinic is to conduct high-quality chiropractic clinical research. Our experienced staff is committed to making sure participants thoroughly understand all aspects of involvement in a study, and our skilled doctors of chiropractic carefully provide high-quality care in a research setting. If you are interested in learning more about or participating in one of our clinical studies, please contact us.


The Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research encompasses all three Palmer campuses and employs more than 35 professionals including administrators, faculty members,  professional and administrative staff and clinical research fellows. The annual budget tops $5 million, with
50 percent coming from external funding sources.

Since  its inception in 1995, PCCR has achieved several historical firsts:

  • First chiropractic institution to receive a grant directly from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to establish a formal research center
  • First chiropractic institution to receive a total of four multi-million dollar developmental center awards from NIH 
  • First chiropractic institution to conduct simultaneous research projects funded by three different government funding agencies - the NIH, Health Resources and Services Administration and DoD
  • First chiropractic institution to receive a research curriculum grant for providing master of science degree training of chiropractors in high-level clinical research

Current high priority areas of study:

  • Integrating health care for musculoskeletal pain and mental health disorders for veterans
  • Evaluating chiropractic care practiced in integrated clinic settings
  • Growing emphasis on multi-disciplinary health services research and health policy initiatives


Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D., Vice Chancellor of Research and Health Policy

Cynthia Long, Ph.D., Director of Research, Davenport Campus


Robert Cooperstein, M.A., D.C., Director of Research


Liang Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., Director of Research