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

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

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

Vice Chancellor for Research and Health Policy
Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research - Davenport, Iowa

Research Interests

Christine Goertz, D.C., Ph.D. is Vice Chancellor for Research and Health Policy at Palmer College of Chiropractic and the Chief Operating Officer of the Spine Institute for Quality (Spine IQ). Her 25-year research career has focused on working with multi-disciplinary teams to design and implement clinical and health services research studies designed to increase knowledge regarding the effectiveness and cost of complementary and integrative health (CIH). She has extensive experience in the administration of Federal grants, both as a PI and as a Program Official at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She has received more than $22M in Federal funding as either PI or co-PI, primarily from NIH and the Department of Defense. Her primary areas of focus include the investigation of mind and body therapies for spine-related disorders and cardiovascular disease. Recently, her work has had a strong focus on chiropractic care in military and Veterans populations.

Research Keywords

chiropractic, health policy, health services, clinical studies, translational research, healthcare delivery systems, military, Veterans, spine, mind and body


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Health Services Research, Policy and Administration (Ph.D.), University of Minnesota, School of Public Health
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, 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

  • Scott Haldeman Research Prize - 2017
  • Dynamic Chiropractic’s Person of the Year - 2015
  • Lincoln Research Prize for Chiropractic and Biomechanics - 2013
  • Thelma Fordyce-Mack Award - 2013
  • Member of National Institutes of Health/National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health Advisory Council - 2015-Present
  • Chair, Selection Committee, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) - 2014-Present
  • Vice Chair, Research Council, World Federation of Chiropractic - 2013-Present
  • Member, Board of Governors, PCORI - 2010-Present
  • Chair, American Chiropractic Association, Quality Assurance & Accountability Committee - 2008-Present

Courses Taught

  • CLIN51501
    Introduction to Clinical Research Methods
  • CLIN51508
    Scientific Presentation Skills

Funded Grants/Projects, 2011 - present

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

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

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

Chiropractic Integration into Multidisciplinary Healthcare Systems

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)
Principal Investigator

Developmental Center for Clinical and Translational Science in Chiropractic (DCRCI)
Principal 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: Gerontologist [Epub ahead of print]
Year: 2018

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A Proposal to Improve Healthcare Value in Spine Care Delivery: The Primary Spine Practitioner

Author(s): Goertz CM, Weeks WB, Justice B, Haldeman S
Publication: Spine J
Volume: 17
Issue: 10
Page(s): 1570-1574
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): Goerz CM, Salsbury SA, Long CR, Vining RD, Andresen AA, Hondras MA, Lyons JK, Killinger LZ, Wolinsky FD, Wallace RB
Publication: BMC Geriatr
Volume: 17
Page(s): 235
Year: 2017

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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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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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