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

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

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

Senior Research Clinician
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
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics

Recent Awards/Key Committees

  • Nominee, Faculty of the Year, Palmer College of Chiropractic - 2016
  • Nominee, Faculty of the Year, Palmer College of Chiropractic - 2014
  • 4 Thelma Fordyce-Mack Awards, Palmer College of Chiropractic - 2013, 2014, 2016
  • Member, Faculty Senate, Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • Member, Library Advisory Committee, Palmer College of Chiropractic
  • Member, Data and Safety Monitoring Board for Genesis Health Systems, Genesis Medical Center
  • Co-Author, Scott Haldeman Award for Outstanding Research

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

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

Author(s): Vining R, Gosselin D, Thurmond J, Case K, Bruch F
Publication: Medicine (Baltimore)
Volume: August
Issue: 96(34)
Page(s): e7837
Year: 2017

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Chapter 44: Chiropractic Medicine for the Treatment of Pain in the Rehabilitation Patient

Author(s): Vining R, Mathers S
Summary: ISBN 978-3-319-16783-1, 978-3-16784-8 (e-book). DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-16784-8
Publication: Springer
Page(s): 575-596
Year: 2017

Prevalence of radiographic findings in individuals with chronic low back pain screened for a randomized controlled trial: secondary analysis and clinical implications

Author(s): Vining R, Potocki E, McLean I, Seidman M, Morgenthal P, Boysen J, Goertz C
Publication: J Manipulative Physiol Ther
Volume: 37
Issue: 9
Page(s): 678-87
Year: 2014

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Eligibility determination for clinical trials: development of a case review process at a chiropractic research center

Author(s): Vining R, Salsbury S, Pohlman K
Publication: Trials
Volume: 15
Page(s): 406
Year: 2014

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An evidence-based diagnostic classification system for low back pain

Author(s): Vining RD, Potocki E, Seidman M, Morgenthal AP
Publication: J Can Chiropr Assoc.
Volume: 57
Issue: 3
Page(s): 189-204
Year: 2013

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