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Clinical Reseach

Students are exposed to the latest evidence-based chiropractic concepts during their basic and clinical science courses and as part of their clinical internships.

The integration of research into our chiropractic curriculum affords students the unique opportunity to progress toward becoming the leading chiropractors of tomorrow while helping to ensure that the chiropractic profession continues to grow.

Participate in Research

Students can learn from - and participate with - faculty members conducting independent research in the basic and clinical sciences.

Basic Sciences Department
  • Skeletal biomechanics
  • Craniofacial growth and development
  • Human and comparative vertebrate bone histology
  • Human performance medicine
Clinical Sciences Department
  • Spinal adjusting techniques
  • Diagnostic examination procedures
  • Clinical problem solving skills
  • Case management skills
  • Educational training of clinicians
Research Department
  • Neurophysiology of spinal manipulation
  • Patient reported outcomes research
  • Biomechanics of gait
  • Mechanisms of low back pain
  • Functional outcomes research
  • Bioinstrumentation for treatment efficacy assessment

Research Productivity

Most recent Grants, Abstracts, and Publications from the NYCC Research Department

Scientific Investigations

NYCC supports a dedicated group of research faculty who conduct a number of scientific investigations each year. Our 8,000 square foot state-of-the-art research facilities include the following laboratories:

  • Motor Systems Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Nutrition
  • Bioinstrumentation

All laboratories are equipped with the latest in instrument technology to extend knowledge in the following areas including:

  • Biology of alternative therapies
  • Etiology and pathogenesis of musculoskeletal pain disorders
  • Effects of chiropractic treatments on gait, posture, and human performance and soft tissue properties
  • Biomechanical assessment of musculoskeletal system

These laboratories provide a unique opportunity for students to take part in cutting-edge research, resulting in unique achievements that can be an integral part of your professional career.

Current Research Topics Include:

Dr. Robert Walker
  • Skeletal biomechanics
  • Human and comparative vertebrate bone histology

Dr. Mark Papuga

  • Clinical Gait Analysis
  • Balance and posture
  • Biomechanics of Low Back Pain
  • MRI/fMRI Investigations of Vertebral Degeneration and Pain
  • Functional outcomes research
Dr. Michael Zumpano
  • Craniofacial Growth and Development
  • Comparative Anatomy
  • Human Gross Anatomy
  • Clinical Anatomy
Drs. Seva Philomin and Raj Philomin
  • Visceral morphological variation
Dr. Deborah Barr
  • Educational Research: Improving Student Learning Outcomes in the Basic Sciences
Dr. Jeanmarie Burke
  • Motor Systems Physiology
Dr. Terry Koo
  • Muscle mechanics
  • Bioinstrumentation for basic and Chiropractic research
  • Ultrasound Imaging
Dr. Ilija Arar
  • Etiology, pathogenesis and treatment of musculoskeletal pain disorders
Dr. Paul Dougherty
  • Conservative Care for Chronic Lower Back.
  • Efficacy of Spinal Manipulation in Older Adults
  • Prediction of Responsiveness to Spinal Manipulation
  • Spinal Manipulation and Active Exercise Therapy in Chronic Lower Back Pain
  • Role of Manipulation on Inflammatory Changes in a Mouse Model (Dr. Paul Dougherty/ Dr. Owen Papuga, MS)
  • Pain Pressure Threshold and Chronic lower back pain (Dr. Paul Dougherty/ Dr. Owen Papuga, MS)
  • fMRI and Chronic lower back pain (Dr. Paul Dougherty/ Dr. Owen Papuga, MS)
  • Mind Body Intervention for Chronic lower back pain
Dr. Mary E. Balliett
  • Nutrition: Effect of diet on health biomarkers
  • Educational Research within Basic Sciences and Nutrition curriculum
  • Sports Injury
Dr. Veronica L. Mittak
  • Microbiology and Public Health
  • Classroom laboratory experiments are being done to demonstrate the existing carrier state of chiropractic students with reference to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Current research results have demonstrated carrying capacity and location in healthy chiropractic students that have then been used to demonstrate how proper disinfection and sanitization procedures can eliminate harmful strains of potentially infectious and communicable microbes from clinical practice settings.

MSAOM Program: Research & Scholarship

Clinical Research

  • NYCC has successfully conducted two federally funded randomized, placebo controlled clinical trials that investigated the role of spinal manipulation in chronic lower back pain. (Principal Investigator - Dr. Paul Dougherty)
  • NYCC is currently contributing to a funded randomized, placebo controlled clinical trial to investigate the role of orthotic interventions in chronic lower back pain. (Principal Investigator - Dr. Paul Dougherty)
  • NYCC possesses the clinical infrastructure to participate in randomized, placebo controlled trials and patient-reported outcomes research.

Student Research Programs

Students may participate in the research programs at NYCC in multiple ways –
  • As subjects in applied and clinical research projects
  • As research assistants on scholarly projects conducted by NYCC faculty
  • By conducting independent research projects under the supervision of New York Chiropractic College Faculty.
  • By writing and submitting grant applications for intramural and extramural funding
  • By writing and submitting research reports for publication

Institutional Review Board

For more information on NYCC Institutional Review Board(IRB) policies and procedures or for IRB Application Documents, please contact IRB Administrative Assistant, Anne Smith (asmith@nycc.edu)