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Robert Vining, DC, DHSc

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Robert Vining, D.C., D.H.Sc.

Associate Dean of Clinical Research, Professor
Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research - Davenport, Iowa
Research Clinic
Research Interests

My research interests are focused on translating evidence to help practitioners with clinical decision-making, developing integrative models of care including chiropractic and in clinical trials involving manual and other conservative therapies. These areas are pertinent to further understanding how best to deliver care for patients within an evolving healthcare system and in producing evidence from which providers can make more knowledgeable decisions.

Research Keywords

spinal manipulation, musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment, interdisciplinary integrated care


  • Doctor of Health Sciences (D.H.Sc.), Jefferson College of Health Sciences
  • Doctor of Chiropractic (D.C.), Logan College of Chiropractic
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Logan College of Chiropractic


  • Civil Rights, Title IX college investigator, Palmer College of Chiropractic

Recent Awards/Key Committees

  • Academician of the Year, American Chiropractic Association - 2019
  • Research Poster Winner (North America Region), World Federation of Chiropractic, European Chiropractic Union 15th Biennial Congress - 2019
  • Faculty of the Year, Palmer College of Chiropractic 2018
  • Co-Author, Scott Haldeman Award for Outstanding Research, World Federation of Chiropractic 14th Biennial Congress - 2017
  • Thelma Fordyce-Mack Awards, Palmer College of Chiropractic - 2013, 2014 (2), 2016, 2018, 2019
  • Nominee, Faculty of the Year, Palmer College of Chiropractic - 2014, 2016
  • Chair, Data and Safety Monitoring Board - Coconut Oil for Prevention and Treatment of Diaper Dermatitis in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Population, Genesis Health Systems, Genesis Medical Center, Davenport, IA
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

Courses Taught

  • CLIN51580
    Scientific Presentation Skills

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

Palmer Clinics Registry
Principal Investigator

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

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

Kiernan Chiropractic Care in Rehabilitation at Crotched Mountain Specialty Hospital
Co-Principal Investigator

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

Selected Publications

Effect of chiropractic manipulative therapy on reaction time in special operations forces military personnel: a randomized controlled trial

Author(s): DeVocht JW, Vining R, Smith DL, Long C, Jones T, Goertz C
Publication: Trials
Volume: 20
Issue: 1
Page(s): 5
Year: 2019

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Assessment of chiropractic care on strength, balance, and endurance in active-duty US military personnel with low back pain: a protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Author(s): Vining R, Minkalis A, Long CR, Corber L, Franklin C, Gudavalli MR, Xia T, Goertz CM
Publication: Trials
Volume: 19
Issue: 1
Page(s): 671
Year: 2018

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Patients receiving chiropractic care in a neurorehabilitation hospital: a descriptive study

Author(s): Vining RD, Salsbury SA, Cooley WC, Gosselin D, Corber L, Goertz CM
Publication: J Multidiscip Healthc
Volume: 11
Page(s): 223-231
Year: 2018

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A graphical clinical decision aid for managing imaging report information

Author(s): Boysen JC, Shannon ZK, Khan YA, Wells BM, Vining RD
Volume: 32
Issue: 1
Page(s): 43-49
Year: 2018

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Interdisciplinary rehabilitation for a patient with incomplete cervical spinal cord injury and multimorbidity: a case report

Author(s): Vining RD, Gosselin DM, Thurmond J, Case K, Bruch FR
Publication: Medicine
Volume: 96
Issue: 34
Page(s): e7837
Year: 2017

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Chiropractic medicine for the treatment of pain in the rehabilitation patient. Carayannopoulos A (editor) in: Comprehensive pain management in the rehabilitation patient

Author(s): Vining R, Mathers S
Publication: Springer
Volume: Chapter 44
Page(s): 575-596
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