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James W. DeVocht, D.C., Ph.D.

James W. DeVocht, D.C., Ph.D.

James W. DeVocht, D.C., Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research - Davenport, Iowa

Research Interests

My research interests include biomechanical aspects of the delivery of chiropractic treatment as well as the biomechanical effects of treatment on chiropractic patients. In addition, I have research interest in the clinical results of chiropractic treatment of temporomandibular disorders.


  • Post-doctoral, University of Iowa
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Biomedical Engineering (Ph.D.), University of Iowa
  • Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering (M.S.), Michigan Technical University
  • Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.), Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • Bachelor of Science, Physics (B.S.), Brigham Young University

Recent Awards/Key Committees

  • Vice President of Faculty Senate, Palmer College of Chiropractic - 2015

Courses Taught

  • ANAT580
    Basic Biomechanics
  • ANAT581/CLIN545
    Clinical Biomechanics
  • ANAT582
  • TECH71613

Funded Grants/Projects, 2011 - present

Visit our Grants and Projects page for additional information.

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

Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment for Low Back Pain, Military Readiness, 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
PCCR Leader

Selected Publications

A pilot study for a chiropractic intervention for management of chronic myofascial temporomandibular disorder

Author(s): DeVocht J, Goertz C, Hondras M, Long C, Schaeffer W, Spector M, Stanford C
Publication: JADA
Volume: 144
Issue: 10
Page(s): 1154-1163
Year: 2013

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Force-Time Profile Differences in the Delivery of Simulated Toggle-Recoil Spinal Manipulation by Students, Instructors, and Field Chiropractors

Author(s): DeVocht JW, Owens EF, Gudavalli MR, Strazewski J, Bhogal R, Xia T
Publication: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
Volume: 36
Issue: 6
Page(s): 342-348
Year: 2013

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Comparison of Posteroanterior Spinal Stiffness Measures to Clinical and Demographic Findings at Baseline in Patients Enrolled in a Clinical Study of Spinal Manipulation for Low Back Pain

Author(s): Owens EF, DeVocht JW, Gudavalli MR, Wilder DG, Meeker WC
Publication: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
Volume: 30
Issue: 7
Page(s): 493-500
Year: 2007

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Spinal Manipulation Alters EMG Activity of Paraspinal Muscles – A Descriptive Study

Author(s): DeVocht JW, Pickar JG, Wilder DG
Publication: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
Volume: 28
Issue: 7
Page(s): 465-471
Year: 2005

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Chiropractic Treatment of Temporomandibular Disorders Using the Activator Adjusting Instrument – A Prospective Case Series

Author(s): DeVocht JW, Long CR, Zeitler DL, Schaeffer W
Publication: Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
Volume: 26
Issue: 7
Page(s): 421-425
Year: 2003

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