Inspire an Insatiable Desire to Understand

It’s the pursuit of perfect form at its purest — pushing our understanding through expert investigations, independent research, and institutional review — building a foundation of evidence for every technique, treatment and principle that we teach. Research is ongoing in every area of expertise at New York Chiropractic College — in chiropractic, acupuncture and Oriental medicine, and more.

NYCC continually works to develop collaborative relationships with other colleges and universities that will provide opportunities for our faculty and students to address experimental and clinical research questions in chiropractic and acupuncture as principal investigators, co-investigators, research assistants, and clinicians.

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
  • Through conducting independent research projects under the supervision of New York Chiropractic College faculty
  • Writing and submitting grant applications for intramural and extramural funding
  • Writing and submitting research reports for publication


NYCC faculty members are conducting and have conducted independent research in the basic and clinical sciences in areas such as:

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

View the most recent conference presentations and publications from the NYCC faculty, students, and staff:


Our 8,000 square foot, state-of-the-art research facilities include Motor Systems Physiology, Biomechanics, Nutrition, and Bioinstrumentation laboratories. These labs provide a unique opportunity for students to take part in cutting-edge research, resulting in distinctive achievements that can be an integral part of your professional career.

All laboratories are equipped with the latest in instrument technology to extend knowledge in a growing array of topics:

  • 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

Current Research at NYCC

Faculty in the College of Chiropractic, Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and the School of Health Sciences and Education either have completed or are currently conducting research in the following areas:  


Dr. Robert Walker

  • Skeletal biomechanics
  • Human and comparative vertebrate bone histology

Dr. Mark Owen Papuga

  • Instrumented gait analysis
  • Balance and posture control mechanisms
  • Biomechanics and orthotics Intervention
  • Functional outcomes research
  • Sports science
  • Pain pressure thresholds and neural mechanisms as biomarkers of chronic pain

Dr. Michael Zumpano

  • Craniofacial growth and development
  • Comparative anatomy
  • Human gross anatomy
  • Clinical anatomy

Dr. Deborah Barr

  • Educational research: improving student learning outcomes in the basic sciences

Dr. Jeanmarie Burke

  • Motor systems physiology
  • Neurophysiology of spinal manipulation
  • Balance and posture control mechanisms
  • Sports science

Dr. Terry Koo

  • Muscle mechanics
  • Bioinstrumentation for basic and chiropractic research
  • Ultrasound imaging
  • Shear wave elasticity
  • Measurement of muscle properties and joint properties of the spine with advance ultrasound techniques
  • Respiratory physiology and spinal manipulation

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
  • Pain pressure threshold and neural mechanisms as biomarkers of chronic pain
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy

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.

Dr. Erica Callahan

  • Nutrition: effect of diet on health biomarkers


Dr. Philip Garrison

Associate Professor Darlene Easton

Dr. Marnae Ergil

Dr. Kevin Ergil

Dr. Aizhong Li

Electronic Citations


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