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Stacie A. Salsbury, Ph.D., R.N.

Stacie A. Salsbury, Ph.D., R.N.

Stacie A. Salsbury, Ph.D., R.N.

Assistant Professor
Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research - Davenport, Iowa

Research Interests

Comparative effectiveness and safety of complementary and integrative health interventions; patient and provider perspectives of chiropractic and collaborative care; integration of chiropractic services in conventional medical settings; musculoskeletal pain in veteran populations

Research Keywords

gerontology, qualitative methods, integrative medicine, chronic illness, back and neck pain, pain management, chiropractic, clinical trials, health services research, patient-centered care, nursing, veterans health, patient perspectives


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Nursing, Gerontology (Ph.D.), University of Iowa
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Gerontology (M.S.N.), University of Iowa
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.), University of Iowa

Recent Awards/Key Committees

  • Recipient, Thelma Fordyce-Mack Achievement Award in Research, Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • Delphi panelist, Consensus process to update a ‘best practices’ document for chiropractic care of older adults project
  • Member, Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Committee, Genesis Health System
  • Member, Faculty Achievement Committee, Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • Member, Faculty In-Service Committee, Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • Member, Research Honors Committee, Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • Member, Academy of Educators, Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • WOC Appointment, Research & Development, Iowa City VA Health Care System
  • Peer Reviewer, 15+ biomedical journals

Courses Taught

  • CLIN51510
    Research Proposal Development
  • CLIN51520
    Grant Writing Skills
  • CLIN61620
    Independent Study: Focus Groups in Health Research
  • CLIN61620
    Independent Study: Qualitative Methods in Health Science Research

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

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

Kiernan Chiropractic Care in Rehabilitation at Crotched Mountain Specialty Hospital

Chiropractic Integration into Multidisciplinary Healthcare Systems

Co-Management of Older Adults with Low Back Pain by Medical Physicians and Doctors of Chiropractic (COCOA)
Clinical Project Manager, Co-Investigator

Developmental Center for Clinical and Translational Science in Chiropractic (DCRCI) Project 2: Conservative Treatment of Patients with Temporomandibular Disorders
Qualitative Methodologist

DCRCI Project 3: Cervical Distraction Sham Development: Translating from Basic to Clinical Studies
Clinical Project Manager, Co-Investigator

Selected Publications

Interdisciplinary practice models for older adults with back pain: a qualitative evaluation

Author(s): Salsbury SA, Goertz CM, Vining RD, Hondras MA, Andresen AA, Long CR, Lyons KJ, Killinger LZ, Wallace RB
Publication: The Gerontologist [Epub ahead of print]
Volume: January
Year: 2017

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Patient-centered professional practice models for managing low back pain in older adults: a pilot randomized controlled trial

Author(s): Goertz CM, Salsbury SA, Long CR, Vining RD, Andresen AA, Hondras MA, Lyons KJ, Killinger LZ, Wolinsky FD, Wallace RB
Publication: BMC Geriatrics
Volume: October
Issue: 17(1)
Page(s): 235
Year: 2017

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What do patients value about spinal manipulation and home exercise for back-related leg pain? A qualitative study within a controlled clinical trial

Author(s): Maiers M, Hondras MA, Salsbury SA, Bronfort G, Evans R
Publication: Manual Therapy
Volume: December
Issue: 26
Page(s): 183-191
Year: 2016

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Effect of spinal manipulation of upper cervical vertebrae on blood pressure: results of a pilot sham-controlled trial

Author(s): Goertz CM, Salsbury SA, Vining RD, Long CR, Pohlman KA, Weeks WB, Lamas GA
Publication: Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics
Volume: June
Issue: 39(5)
Page(s): 369-380
Year: 2016

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Development of an attention-touch control for manual cervical distraction: a pilot randomized clinical trial for patients with neck pain

Author(s): Gudavalli MR, Salsbury SA, Vining RD, Long CR, Corber L, Patwardhan AG, Goertz CM
Publication: Trials
Volume: 16
Page(s): 259
Year: 2015

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