Planning Committee & Program Faculty

Belinda Anderson
Belinda Anderson, PhD, LAc

Academic Dean & Research Director, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, New York campus
Assistant Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University
Principal Investigator, NIH K07 Career Development Award
Advisory Team Member, Project to Enhance Research Literacy (PERL), ACCAHC
Member, Research Working Group, ACCAHC

Being first trained as a molecular biologist, my skills in basic science research have been very useful in my current role as an acupuncturist, and integrated medical researcher and educator. I am the Academic Dean and Research Director at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and an Assistant Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. I am currently undertaking a 5-year NIH/NCCIH grant for the project entitled Evidence Informed Practice: Faculty and Curriculum Development. I also work as an acupuncturist at New York University Fertility Center, and have published several articles examining the research on acupuncture to improve IVF outcomes.

Jerrilyn Cambron
Jerrilyn Cambron, LMT, DC, MPH, PhD
Professor, National University of Health Sciences (NUHS)
Co-Investigator, NUHS R25 Grant
Board of Directors, The Consortium of Evidence-Informed Practice Educators (CEIPE)
Advisory Board, Project to Enhance Research Literacy (PERL), ACCAHC
Member, Research Working Group, ACCAHC
President, Massage Therapy Foundation
Associate Editor, Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies

Going through chiropractic college, I did not expect that I would become a researcher. Initially seeing research through the eyes of a clinician has helped me become a better teacher in evidence informed practice courses as a Professor in the Department of Research at that National University of Health Sciences. I enjoy engaging chiropractic and massage therapy students and faculty members by helping them navigate through various stages of the research process including finding and understanding articles, developing new clinical studies, and publishing results.

Renee DeVries
Renee DeVries, DC, DACBR, PhD(c)
Professor & Faculty Senate President, Northwestern Health Sciences University (NWHSU)
Co-Investigator, NWSHU R25 Grant

I am a teacher at heart and have been a faculty member at Northwestern Health Sciences University for the past twenty one years.  I have been involved with our CAM Education Partnership Grant project (R25) since its inception and currently teach the Foundations of Evidence-Informed Practice course to our chiropractic and acupuncture students. I also moderate a Grand Rounds course for our chiropractic interns. I’ve had the opportunity to participate in the Evidence Based Clinical Practice Workshop at McMaster University and Palmer’s Evidence Based Clinical Practice Workshop Retreat at the University of Iowa. It has been a pleasure to work with colleagues from other institutions to advance my knowledge and hone my teaching skills in the area of evidence based care.

Deb Hill
Deb Hill, MS
Project Manager, Project to Enhance Research Literacy (PERL)
Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC)

My background includes experience within the conventional medical community, and the integrative community, leading to my passion for increasing communication among all healthcare providers.  EIP will play a significant role in facilitating this communication, and was identified as one of six key Competencies for Optimal Practice in Integrated Environments, as endorsed by the ACCAHC Board of Directors and by councils of colleges associated with the five licensed integrative health and medicine professions represented by ACCAHC.  I manage our Project to Enhance Research Literacy (PERL), a program focused on increasing the incorporation of EIP in academic curricula at nearly 180 academic institutions and programs affiliated with our organization.

Katie Hoyt
Katie Hoyt, MOL
Research Program Manager, Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, Palmer College of Chiropractic
Program Manager, Palmer R25 Grant
Conference Coordinator, R13 PIE Conference

I am the Program Manager on Palmer College’s NIH R25 EIP grant and the Conference Coordinator for the NIH R13-funded PIE Conference. I enjoy working with faculty by planning and executing training workshops and events. It has been rewarding to watch evidence-informed practice (EIP) become more and more integrated into the doctor of chiropractic program here at Palmer College and I look forward to working with other CAM faculty to futher expand EIP into their respective programs.

Dana Lawrence
Dana Lawrence, DC, MMedEd, MA
Senior Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning &
Interim Senior Director for Continuing Education and Events, Palmer College of Chiropractic
Co-Investigator, Palmer R25 Grant & EIP course Instructor

I’ve been involved in teaching evidence-informed practice concepts and methodologies to chiropractic students for more than 6 years, and I find that the chiropractic profession has embraced EIP wholeheartedly. I am Senior Director for the Center for Teaching and Learning at Palmer College of Chiropractic, interim Senior Director for Continuing Education and Events, and Human Protections Administrator. I work closely with faculty and field doctors to help them apply the methods of evidence-based care to patients, as well as teach these methods to students. I was the first chiropractor to attend the training program at McMaster University, where I was thrown in with a group of internists since they had no idea where else to put me. I remain enthusiastic about the role of EIP in chiropractic practice.

Ron LeFebvre
Ron LeFebvre, DC
Professor, University of Western States
Co-Investigator, UWS R25 Grant
Executive Director, Consortium of Evidence-Informed Practice Educators (CEIPE)

I am a full professor in the Division of Clinical Education at the University of Western States in Portland, Oregon. I also serve as the project manager directing the creation of protocols and care pathways for the UWS clinic system. Starting in 2004, I helped design and implement a National Institutes of Health funded project with the goal of improving students’ skills at incorporating research evidence into everyday clinical practice. I am a founding member and the current Executive Director for the Consortium of Evidence-Informed Educators (CEIPE). I haven’t won any major awards but continue to check the mail.

Cynthia Long
Cynthia Long, PhD
Professor & Director of Research, Palmer College of Chiropractic
Director, Office of Data Management & Biostatistics, Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research
Director, Master of Science in Clinical Research Program, Palmer College of Chiropractic
Principal Investigator, Palmer R25 EIP Grant
Principal Investigator, R13 PIE Conference Grant

I am the principal investigator of Palmer’s R25 NIH/NCCIH grant award, which is currently in its seventh year. Our initiatives have been focused on faculty development in EIP principles, practice and teaching to prepare and support faculty to integrate EIP concepts and practices throughout coursework and the clinical internship. It has been a privilege to work with committed faculty toward these goals. About a year ago, the program planning committee (educators and researchers with EIP expertise who have been working on similar initiatives) began collaborating to work on this conference program. Palmer College will be on break during the conference dates and has graciously allowed us to use the Davenport campus facilities and resources. In addition, we were recently awarded a conference grant from NIH/NCCIH to help offset the cost of the conference, and to fund a limited number of travel stipends for CAM educators who qualify.

Michael Schneider
Michael Schneider, DC, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
Principal Investigator, NIH/NCCIH R21 “Distance Education OnLine Intervention for Evidence Based Practice Literacy”

I have been a clinical chiropractor seeing patients for over 30 years as well as an academic researcher doing scientific work for over 10 years. During my PhD studies, I was immersed in the paradigm of evidence-informed practice (EIP) and began to recognize the EIP gap in chiropractic education. That recognition lead to my collaboration with four chiropractic colleges and successful NIH grant funding to develop an online EIP program for the chiropractic profession, as well as national EIP surveys of U.S. and Canadian chiropractors.

John Stites
John Stites, DC
Director, Community Clinics, Palmer College of Chiropractic
Co-Investigator, Palmer R25 Grant
Faculty, McMaster University EBCP Workshop

I’m passionate about evidence-informed practice (EIP). It is a rational mode of care focused solely on what is best for the patient. As such, it doesn’t matter what discipline the provider is. I am the Director of Community Clinics at Palmer College of Chiropractic’s Davenport Campus. I also see patients in a Community Health Center providing medical and dental care to underserved populations. Evidence is the key to integration. I have pursued my own EIP skill development by attending the McMaster EBCP workshops. I’ve shown up often enough that they have now made me a tutor. I am looking forward to working with other CAM educators at this conference.

Mark Wilson, MD, MPH

Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education, The University of Iowa
Site Principal Investigator, Palmer R25 Grant
Faculty, McMaster University EBCP Workshop

I am a general internist, have a long-standing interest to hurdle the challenges of clinical education, and serve as the Associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education for the University of Iowa. I have been an active member of the international Evidence-Based Medicine Working Group since its inception in 1992 at McMaster University. This collaboration has provided rich opportunities for me to enhance my teaching and scholarly capabilities related to EIP. I have been a contributing author to the popular Users’ Guides Series, published first in JAMA and then updated in 2002 and 2008 as the Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature: A Manual for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice and regularly conduct multiple educational courses to convey these concepts for practicing clinicians, teaching faculty, and residents, with particular emphasis on how to integrate EIP into overcrowded educational programs and busy clinical education settings.

It has been my privilege to serve as a co-investigator on Palmer College of Chiropractic’s R25 grant, working with them on their efforts to expand EIP throughout their educational and clinical endeavors. It is an audacious undertaking and I have been inspired by their motivation and creativity. I look forward to expanding this training to other CAM faculty as well at the PIE Conference.

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