Research Working Group

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The mission of the Research Working Group (RWG) is to promote mutual understanding, collaborative activities, and interdisciplinary health care education through research. The broad priorities of the RWG are: shifting the culture at CAM institutions to better embrace research; redirecting the research agenda regarding these disciplines so that it is of greater use to the members of the professions; and building research capacity within the ACIH disciplines. An early collaboration is the participation of RWG members in a steering committee on a Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA)-funded project to establish a practice-based research network to examine complementary, alternative and integrative practices.  The RWG works to clarify the components of a shared research agenda which may speak more directly to clinicians in the ACIH professions. The RWG led intensive ACIH involvement in dialogue with the leadership of the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the development of the 2011-2015 strategic plan. One outcome was increased recognition of the importance of focusing research on the impact of "disciplines" in the final plan.


Belinda Anderson, PhD, LAc Director, Institute for Health and Wellness, Professor, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Monmouth University

Kieran Cooley, BSc, ND Director, Research; Visiting Research Fellow, ARCCIM, Faculty of Health, UTS, The Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine

Claudia Citkovitz, MS, LAc Director, Acupuncture Services, Lutheran Medical Center, Faculty, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Anupama Kizhakkeveettil, PhD, BAMS (Ayruveda), MAOM, LAc, CMT Program Director, Ayurveda, and Associate Professor, College of Science and Integrative Health, Southern California University

Lisa Taylor-Swanson, PhD, MAcOM, EAMP Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, University of Utah


James M Whedon, DC, MS Director of Health Services Research, Southern California University Health Sciences

Direct-Entry Midwifery

Courtney Everson, PhD* ACIH Board Member representing Association of Midwifery Educators; Medical Anthropologist and Dean of Graduate Studies, Midwives College of Utah

Massage Therapy

Niki Munk, PhD, LMT Assistant Professor, Department of Health Sciences School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Indiana University

Cynthia Price, PhD, LMP Research Assistant Professor, Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems, University of Washington School of Nursing

Naturopathic Medicine

John S. Finnell, ND, MPH, LAc, Director, Doctoral Program and Research, AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine

Traditional World Medicines/Emerging Professions

Jennifer Rioux, MA, PhD National Ayurvedic Medical Association; Research Fellow, University of Arizona


William Meeker, DC, MPH ACIH Board Member representing Association of Chiropractic Colleges; President, Palmer College-West Campus

Steffany Moonaz, PhD Associate Academic Director, Integrative Health Sciences, Maryland University of Integrative Health

Founding Co-Chairs

Richard Hammerschlag, PhD Founding Co-Chair; past Dean of Research, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine; Co-founder, Society for Acupuncture Research; Fellow, The Institute for Integrative Health

Christine Goertz, DC, PhD Founding Co-Chair; Vice Chancellor for Research and Health Policy at Palmer College of Chiropractic and Chief Executive Officer of the Spine Institute for Quality (Spine IQ); Board of Governors, PCORI

* denotes member is also an ACIH board member