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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

Translating evidence to facilitate clinical decision-making; Exploring effects of manual and other nonpharmacological therapies for musculoskeletal pain; Informing integrative models of care; Evidence-informed teaching and learning 

Research Keywords

spinal manipulation, musculoskeletal diagnosis and treatment, 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
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Chiropractic Medicine

Courses Taught

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

Thoracolumbar Fascia Mobility 
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

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

Author(s): Vining R, Long CR, Minkalis A, Gudavalli MR, Xia T, Walter J, Coulter I, Goertz CM
Publication: J Altern Complement Med
Volume: 26
Issue: 7
Page(s): 592-601
Year: 2020

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Current evidence for diagnosis of common conditions causing low back pain: systematic review and standardized terminology recommendations

Author(s): Vining RD, Shannon ZK, Minkalis AL, Twist EJ
Publication: J Manipulative Physiol Ther
Volume: 42
Issue: 9
Page(s): 651-664
Year: 2019

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Development of an evidence-based practical diagnostic checklist and corresponding clinical exam for low back pain

Author(s): Vining RD, Minkalis AL, Shannon ZK, Twist EJ
Publication: J Manipulative Physiol Ther
Volume: 42
Issue: 9
Page(s): 665-676
Year: 2019

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Development of a clinical decision aid for chiropractic management of common conditions causing low back pain in veterans: results of a consensus process

Author(s): Vining RD, Shannon ZK, Salsbury SA, Corber L, Minkalis AL, Goertz CM
Volume: 42
Issue: 9
Page(s): 677-693
Year: 2019

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Educator's learning alignment instrument: a tool to assess aligned learning concepts within college courses

Author(s): Vining R, Millard T
Publication: J Chiropr Educ
Volume: 35
Issue: 1
Page(s): 28-37
Year: 2021

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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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