Cynthia Long, Ph.D.

Cynthia Long, Ph.D.

Cynthia Long, Ph.D.

Director of Research, Professor, Director, Office of Data Management & Biostatistics
Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research - Davenport, Iowa
Office of Data Management and Biostatistics
(563) 884-5157

Research Interests

Statistical applications in health-related research; statistical education in the health sciences; statistical consulting in CAM environments

Research Keywords

biostatistics, integrative medicine, clinical trials, musculoskeletal pain, back pain, pain management, chiropractic, evidence-based practice


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Biostatistics (Ph.D.), University of Iowa
  • Master of Science, Statistics (M.S.), Iowa State University
  • Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics; Bachelor of Science, Statistics (B.A., B.S.), Winona State University

Recent Awards/Key Committees

  • Member (elected), American Statistical Association Board of Directors - 2014-2016
  • Member, American Statistical Association Council of Sections Governing Board - 2014-2016
  • Distinguished Achievement Award, American Statistical Association Teaching of Statistics in the Health Sciences Section - 2013
  • Council of Sections Representative, Section on Teaching of Statistics in the Health Sciences – American Statistical Association - 2010-2012
  • Member, Data and Safety Monitoring Body, NIH funded study: 1R01AT006226 - 2013-2016
  • Chair, Data and Safety Monitoring Body, NIH funded study: 1R01AT004411 - 2010-2013
  • Chair, Data and Safety Monitoring Board, NIH funded study: 1U01AT001908 - 2007-2012
  • Member, NIH NCCIH Centers of Excellence for Research on CAM (P01) Special Emphasis Panel - Jan 2013, Mar 2015
  • Member, NIH NCCAM Education and Training Special Emphasis Panel - Oct 2010, Jun 2011
  • Member, NIH CSR Cost Effectiveness and CAM Research Special Emphasis Panel - Sep 2010
  • Chair, NIH NCCAM Clinical Sciences Special Emphasis Panel - Feb 2010, Jun 2010
  • Member, Institutional Review Board, Genesis Health Systems - 2008-present
  • Editorial Board, Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine - 2012-2013
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Canadian Chiropractic Association - 2005-present
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics - 2005-present

Courses Taught

  • CLIN51502
    Statistical Thinking and Reasoning
  • CLIN51504
    Statistical Computing and Data Management I
  • CLIN51509
    Statistical Graphics and Data Management II
  • CLIN51530
    Biostatistics I
  • CLIN51531
    Biostatistics II: Linear Regression
  • CLIN51532
    Biostatistics II: ANOVA and Regression Modeling

Funded Grants/Projects, 2011 - present

Visit our Grants and Projects page for additional information.

Chiropractic Care for Veterans: A Pragmatic Randomized Trial Addressing Dose Effects for cLBP

Expanding EBCP and Research across the Palmer College of Chiropractic
Principal Investigator

2017 Conference: Process of Integrating Evidence (PIE) for CIH Educators
Planning Committee Member

2015 Conference: Process of Integrating Evidence (PIE) for CAM Educators
Principal Investigator

Distance Education OnLine Intervention for Evidence Based Practice Literacy (DELIVER)

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

Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment for Low Back Pain, Military Readiness, and Smoking Cessation in Military Active Duty Personnel (ACT I, II, III)
Director, Data Coordinating Center

ACT I: Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment for Low Back Pain and Smoking Cessation in Military Active Duty Personnel

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

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)
Clinic & Data Core Leader

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


Neural responses to the mechanical parameters of a high velocity, low amplitude spinal manipulation: effect of specific contact site

Author(s): Reed WR, Long CR, Kawchuk GN, Pickar JG
Publication: Manual Ther
Volume: Epub ahead of print 2015 Mar 27
Year: 2015

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The effect of application site of spinal manipulative therapy (SMT) on spinal stiffness

Author(s): Edgecombe TL, Kawchuk GN, Long CR, Pickar JG
Publication: The Spine Journal
Volume: 15
Issue: 6
Page(s): 1332-1338
Year: 2015

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Faculty development initiatives to advance research literacy and evidence-based practice at CAM academic institutions

Author(s): Long CR, Ackerman DL, Hammerschlag R, Delagran L, Peterson DH, Berlin M, Evans RL
Publication: J Altern Complement Med
Volume: 20
Issue: 7
Page(s): 563-570
Year: 2014

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Spinal manipulation and home exercise with advice for subacute and chronic back-related leg pain: a trial with adaptive allocation

Author(s): Bronfort G, Hondras MA, Schulz CA, Evans RL, Long CR, Grimm R
Publication: Ann Intern Med
Volume: 161
Page(s): 381-391
Year: 2014

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Adding chiropractic manipulative therapy to standard medical care for patients with acute low back pain: the 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
Publication: Spine
Volume: 38
Issue: 8
Page(s): 627-634
Year: 2013

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