Palmer Research

Palmer continues research dominance at ACC-RAC 2014

ACC-RAC 2014

From left: Dr. Niu Zhang (Port Orange Campus Faculty and 2014 ACC-RAC award winner), Dr. Kurt Barnhill (recent Port Orange Campus graduate), Jessica Ostrander (current 5th quarter Port Orange Campus student), Dr. Don Gran (Port Orange Campus dean of Academic Affairs), Chabha Tepe (senior director of Palmer’s Library Services and 2014 ACC-RAC award winner) and Palmer Chancellor Dr. Dennis Marchiori

With Palmer College of Chiropractic faculty, staff and students presenting 23 platform presentations, 12 posters and seven workshops, along with Chancellor Dr. Dennis Marchiori serving as conference chair, opening the conference and introducing the plenary sessions, Palmer continued its strong presence at chiropractic’s premier research and educational conference, the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC) 2014.

In addition to the abundance of platform, poster and workshop presentations, Palmer faculty and staff won prestigious ACC-RAC awards for three platform presentation papers. Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research (PCCR) faculty and staff members William Reed, D.C., Randall Sozio, Joel Pickar, D.C., Ph.D., and Cynthia Long, Ph.D., won a prize for their paper titled “Spinal manipulation can increase trunk mechanical thresholds of lateral thalamic neurons.” In addition, Senior Director for Library Chabha Tepe won a prize for her paper (written with Rodger Tepe), titled “Development of psychometric evaluation of an information literacy self-efficacy survey and an information literacy knowledge test.” A third prize-winning paper, titled “Can formative quizzes improve summative exam performance?” was written by Port Orange Campus PCCR faculty members Niu Zhang, Ph.D., and Charles Henderson, D.C., Ph.D.

Following is a list of platform, poster and workshop presentations by members of the Palmer community. “The College is proud of our substantial contributions to chiropractic research at this important conference,” adds Dr. Marchiori. “The substance and number of Palmer projects that, once again this year, dominated the ACC-RAC research sessions, continues to provide clear evidence of Palmer’s leadership to advance student learning and patient care through research. Everyone in the Palmer community should be very proud of what our faculty, staff and students are able to accomplish, this year and every year.”


Dennis Marchiori. Opening and welcome.

Platform Presentations

Prize Paper: William Reed, Randall Sozio, Joel Pickar, Cynthia Long. Spinal manipulation can increase trunk mechanical thresholds of lateral thalamic neurons.

Prize Paper: Rodger Tepe, Chabha Tepe. Development of psychometric evaluation of an information literacy self-efficacy survey and an information literacy knowledge test.

Prize Paper: Niu Zhang, Charles Henderson. Can formative quizzes improve summative exam performance?

Heather Bowyer, Melissa Ferranti, Michelle Gingras, Philip Afghani. Student understanding and attitudes toward proper documentation, billing practices, and medico-legal concepts in chiropractic clinical education.

Anna Walden, Stacie Salsbury, William Reed, Dana Lawrence. Self-reported bladder and bowel symptoms among adults attending an academic chiropractic clinic: a 1-month point-prevalence study.

John Stites, Greg Snow, Heather Bowyer, Robert Rowell, Tammi Clark, Barbara Mansholt, Kimberly Keene. Development of an introductory program for field practitioners on evidence-based clinical practice.

Makani Lew. Time to numbness in response to five different cyrotherapy applications.

Makani Lew. Comparison of subjective and objective pain sensitivity in a healthy population. 

John Stites, Greg Snow, Heather Bowyer, Robert Rowell, Tammi Clark, Barbara Mansholt, Kimberly Keene. Development of an introductory program for field practitioners on evidence-based clinical practice.

Robert Cooperstein, Morgan Young. The location of the upright inferior angle of the scapula in relation to the spine: a systematic review of the literature.

Robert Cooperstein, Anthony Lisi, Andrew Burd. Manual therapy approaches to over-active bladder: a narrative literature review.

Maruti Ram Gudavalli, Robert Vining, Stacie Salsbury, Christine Goertz. Training doctors of chiropractic in delivering manual cervical traction forces.

Barbara Mansholt, Robert Vining. Survey of clinical decision-making rationale for chiropractic analysis procedures among doctors of chiropractic and students.

Dan Weinert, Dustin Derby, Kevin Paustian. Impact of unionization on faculty resistance to change, justice, trust, conflict and climate for innovation.

Elissa Twist, Dana Lawrence, Stacie Salsbury, Cheryl Haw. Do informed consent documents for chiropractic clinical research studies meet readability level recommendations and contain required elements: a descriptive study.

Christopher Roecker, Cynthia Long, Robert Vining, Dana Lawrence. Attitudes and use of evidence-based clinical practice within chiropractic: a survey of doctors of chiropractic with diplomate training on orthopedics.

Roger Hynes, Alana Callender, Rachelle Hynes, Don Gran. Preceptor doctors’ assessment of the clinical skills of Palmer College externs.

Marsha Hardacre. Student confidence level of preparedness and alumni performance level of preparedness for business success.

Dustin Derby, Amy Everetts, Julie Schrad, Charles Davis. Transformations abroad: transformative learning captured within a chiropractic humanitarian program.

Barbara Mansholt, Robert Vining. Factors affecting treatment decisions during the first phase of clinical education.

Shawn He. The comparison of the validity and reliability between digital radiographic imaging systems and manual method in measuring the Cobb angle.

Christopher Roecker. Diagnosis and management of myofascial pain: a narrative review of the literature.

Liang Zhang. Physiological TNF may mediate spinal manipulation therapy: a literature re-examination.

Robert Cooperstein, Anthony Lisi Lis, Andrew Burd. Overactive bladder in association with symphysis pubis subluxation: a novel mechanical approach.

Dustin Derby. How do you assess cocurriculars? An assessment framework part and parcel for institutional effectiveness.

James DeVocht. Extracting information from visually identified points on excel plots.

Stephen Grand, Kenice Grand, Rod Floyd, Shane Carter. Chiropractic intern attitudes, beliefs, and intentions with regard to health promotion, wellness, and preventive services.

Kenice Grand, Stephen Grand. Can vegans have healthy bones?

Todd Hubbard, Kali Gillen. Correlation between the fossa temperature difference and the Blair upper cervical atlas misalignment.

Katie Malley, Matthew Richardson, Marie Williams, Leila McKenzie. Calcinosis cutis in the foot of a 26 year old retired female competitive ice skater: a case report.

Henry Mueller, Laurie Mueller. Integrating functional medicine methodologies in the chiropractic clinical setting to improve outcomes for a patient with diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, chronic sinusitis, and adult onset asthma: a case study.

Dewan Raja, Bahar Sultana. Frozen shoulder, its pathogenesis, natural course, and treatment modalities.

Robert M. Rowell, Kathy Murphy, Linda Carlson, Jody Bell. Does video use by students in an X-ray positioning class improve performance? A pilot study and survey of student attitudes.

Michael Tunning, Michael VanNatta, Robert Rowell, Thomas Brozovich. A survey of student perceptions following 2 different formats for neuromusculoskeletal skills assessment.

Michael VanNatta, Thomas Brozovich, Michael Tunning. Enhancing learning for students with the addition of podcasts.

Morgan Young, Jessie Young. Conservative care for pediatric acquired torticollis: two cases of muscular origin.


John Stites, Ron LeFebvre, Bill Watson. The Art of Facilitation: Making Teams Effective.

Alberto L. Rivera-Rentas, Mitch Hass, Cynthia Long. Research-Training and Career Development Opportunities for Individuals and Institutions in the Chiropractic Profession.

Judy Bhatti, Michael Van Natta, Mary Frost, Paul Wanless, Tom Brozovich, Michael Tunning. Leadership in the classroom: reaching students through web-based technology.

Lisa Bloom, Karen Bobak, Ezra Cohen, Lisa Killinger. Leadership strategies for ethical decision making.

Brian Gleberzon, Charles Blum, Christopher Roecker, Scott Cuthbert, David Sikorski. The interface between clinical practice and clinical research in chiropractic technique: bridging the gap between knowledge transfer and knowledge utilization.

Teresa Brennan, James LaRose, Troy Tatum, Eva Elsangak. Engaging the learner in critical thinking: team-based learning model for use on Monday.

Stu Kinsinger, Dana Lawrence. Professional ethics and academic dishonesty: approaches to discipline.