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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, 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 
Co-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: online ahead of print
Year: 2020

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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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