Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D.

Vice Chancellor of Research and Health Policy

Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research - Davenport, Iowa
(563) 884-5150

Research Interests

Dr Goertz received her Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.) degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University and her Ph.D. in Health Services Research, Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota. She has extensive experience in the administration of Federal grants, as a PI and as a Program Official at the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Her research interests are focused primarily on the investigation of chiropractic care for spine-related disorders.

  • Post-doctoral, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Health Services Research (Ph.D.), University of Minnesota, School of Public Health
  • Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.), Northwestern Health Sciences University
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Northwestern Health Sciences University
Recent Awards/Key Committees
  • Board Member, Quad City Health Initiative - 2016
  • Dynamic Chiropractic’s Person of the Year - 2015
  • Member of National Institutes of Health/National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health Advisory Council - 2015-
  • Lincoln Research Prize for Chiropractic and Biomechanics - 2013
  • Thelma Fordyce-Mack Award - 2013
  • Member, Measurement Advisory Committee, Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement, American Medical Association
  • Vice Chair, Research Council, World Federation of Chiropractic
  • Member, Board of Governors, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
  • Chair, Science Oversight Committee, PCORI
  • Chair, Selection Committee, PCORI
  • Chair, American Chiropractic Association, Quality Assurance & Accountability Committee
Courses Taught
  • CLIN51501
    Introduction to Clinical Research Methods

Funded Grants/Projects, 2011 - present

Visit our Grants and Projects page for additional information.

Kiernan Chiropractic Care in Rehabilitation at Crotched Mountain Specialty Hospital

Co-Management of Older Adults with Low Back Pain by Medical Physicians and Doctors of Chiropractic (COCOA)

Developmental Center for Clinical and Translational Science in Chiropractic (DCRCI) Project 1: Patient Response to Spinal Manipulation (PRiSM)

DCRCI Project 2: Conservative Treatment of Patients with Temporomandibular Disorders

DCRCI Project 3: Cervical Distraction Sham Development: Translating from Basic to Clinical Studies

Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment for Low Back Pain, Military Readiness, and Smoking Cessation in Military Active Duty Personnel (ACT) I

ACT II: Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment Using Reaction and Response Times in Members of the Special Operation Forces

ACT III: Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment: Strength and Balance

Collaborative Care for Veterans with Spine Pain and Mental Health Conditions (COCOV)

Chiropractic Integration into Multidisciplinary Healthcare Systems

Effect of Chiropractic on Costs of Medicare Patients with Multiple Comorbidities

Public Perceptions of Doctors of Chiropractic: Results of a National Survey and Examination of Variation According to Respondents' Likelihood to Use Chiropractic, Experience With Chiropractic, and Chiropractic Supply in Local Health Care Markets

Author(s): Weeks WB, Goertz CM, Meeker WC, Marchiori DM
Publication: JMPT (in press)
Volume: September 2015
Year: 2015

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Report of the NIH Task Force on Research Standards for Chronic Low Back Pain

Author(s): Deyo RA, Dworkin SF, Amtmann D, Andersson G, Borenstein D, Carragee E, Carrino J, Chou R, Cook K, DeLitto A, Goertz C, Khalsa P, Loeser J, Mackey S, Panagis J, Rainville J, Tosteson T, Turk D, Von Korff M, Weiner DK
Publication: Spine J
Volume: 14
Issue: 8
Page(s): 1375-1391
Year: 2014

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Adding Chiropractic Manipulative Therapy to Standard Medical Care for Patients with Acute Low Back Pain: Results of a Pragmatic Randomized Comparative Effectiveness Study

Author(s): Goertz CM, Long CR, Hondras MA, Petri R, Delgado R, Lawrence DJ, Owens EF, Meeker WC.
Summary: Chiropractic manipulative therapy plus standard medical care offers a significant advantage for decreasing pain and improving function compared with only standard medical care for patients aged 18 to 35 years, who have acute low back pain.
Publication: Spine
Volume: 38
Issue: 8
Page(s): 627-634
Year: 2013

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Military Report More Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use than Civilians

Author(s): Goertz CM, Marriott BP, Finch MD, Bray RM, Williams TV, Hourani LL, Hadden LS, Colleran HL, Jonas WB
Publication: J Altern Complement Med
Volume: 19
Issue: 6
Page(s): 509-517
Year: 2013

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The Association of Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use and Health Care Expenditures for Back and Neck Problems

Author(s): Martin BI, Gerkovich MM, Deyo RA, Sherman KJ, Cherkin DC, Lind BK, Goertz CM, Lafferty WE.
Publication: Med Care
Volume: 50
Issue: 12
Page(s): 1029-36
Year: 2012

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Patient-centered Outcomes of High-velocity, Low-amplitude Spinal Manipulation for Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review

Author(s): Goertz CM, Pohlman KA, Vining RV, Brantingham JW, Long CR
Publication: J Electromyogr Kines
Volume: 22
Issue: 5
Page(s): 670-691
Year: 2012

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