American Osteopathic Association

Advancing the distinctive philosophy and practice of osteopathic medicine

Funded Projects


The American Osteopathic Association has funded 17 research projects designed to evaluate the effectiveness of osteopathic medicine in five key areas: chronic diseases and conditions, osteopathic philosophy, osteopathic manipulative medicine, musculoskeletal injuries and prevention, and pain management. Below are the projects currently being funded:

PI School Project Title Year Funded

Mark Ronald Speicher, PhD, MHA

Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

The Value of Osteopathic Clinical Care: A Multi-Level Analysis


Gail Singer-Chang, PsyD, MS, MA, PPS

Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

Identifying Risk Factors Associated with Declining Emotional Quotient (EQ) Traits During DO Training


Walter Hartwig, PhD

Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine California

Patient Experience of Osteopathic Physician Distinctions and Empathy


John C. Licciardone, DO, MS, MBA

University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

The Osteopathic Difference in Treating Patients with Low Back Pain


Diana L. Speelman, PhD

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Use of Osteopathic Principles for Nonpharmacologic, Therapeutic Interventions in Obese Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome


Jennifer Berglind, PhD

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine

Use of the Lymphatic Pump Technique as a Novel Therapy for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)


Michael V. Volin, PhD

Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Lymphatic Pump Treatment of Inflammation in Rat-Adjuvant-Induced Arthritis


Kendi Hensel, DO, PhD

University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Effects of Osteopathic Manipulation on Gait Kinematics and Postural Control in Parkinson Disease


Sheldon Yao, DO

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine

Effect of Osteopathic Manipulation on Balance Function, and Biomarkers in Parkinson's Disease


Elizabeth Beverly, PhD Ohio University Heritage COM Achieving a High Level of Wellness by Focusing on the Impact of Diabetes Distress in Rural Appalachia 2017
Gunnar Brolinson, DO Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Head Impact Biomechanics, Concussion and Osteopathic Structural Diagnosis, and Treatment 2017
Hollis King, DO, PhD ​University of
California, San Diego, Family Medicine and Public Health
Effects of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment on Gait Biomechanics in Parkinson’s Disease 2017
John C. Licciardone, DO, MS, MBA UNT Health Science Center The Osteopathic Approach to Chronic Pain Management: Assessing its Biopsychosocial Processes and Relationships to Clinical Outcomes 2017
Rebecca Malouin, PhD, MPH, MS Michigan State University Osteopathic Philosophy and Patient Experience of Care 2017
Melissa G. Pearce, DO Touro University--California Reducing Inflammation with Osteopathic Treatment (RIOT Study) 2017
Venkat Venkataraman Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine Development of a Serum Biomarker-Based Approach to Monitor Opioid Adherence and Minimize Substance Misuse in Chronic Pain Management 2017
Rebecca Wyatt, DO Michigan State University The Effect of OMT on Functional Outcomes and Anti-inflammatory Biomarkers in Mild- to Moderate Traumatic Brain Injury 2017
​Lisa M. Hodge, PhD ​University of North Texas Health Science Center/Texas COM ​The Effects of Lymphatic Pump Treatment on The Immune Response During Acute Pneumonia 2018​
​Sonia Rivera-Martinez, DO ​New York Institute of Technology ​Diabetes and OMM: A Randomized Controlled Trial 2018
​Robert E. Kessler, DO ​Touro University--Nevada ​Oral Fluid Pain Biomarkers as Objective Measures of OMT Outcomes for Cervicogenic Headache (CGH) 2018
​Jerry Balentine, DO ​New York Institute of Technology ​Meditation, Alignment with the Osteopathic Philosophy and Empathy in Osteopathic Medical Students:  A Randomized Controlled Interventional Trial 2018
​Alessandra Posey, DO ​Nova Southeastern University ​Effects of OMT on Return to Play Post Concussion 2018
​Helena Jillian Bradley, PhD ​Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Carolinas Campus ​The Effect of Facial Effleurage on Acute Rhinosinusitis 2018
​Joanne DiFrancisco-Donoghue, MA, PhD ​New York Institute of Technology ​A Novel Lifestyle Intervention Program to Improve Body Composition and Chronic Disease Biomarkers in Overweight Medical Students:  A Randomized Trial 2018
​Richard Jermyn, DO R​owan School of Osteopathic Medicine ​Prospective, Multicenter, Cohort Study of the Cost Effectiveness of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment for Chronic Low Back Pain 2018
​Malinda (Mindy) Hansen, DO ​University of North Texas Health Science Center/Texas COM ​Effect of Palpatory Neuromodulation of the Trigeminal Nerve for Tenderness in the Posterior Neck Musculature 2018
​Katrina Bantis, OMS-II ​New York Institute of Technology T​he Cardioprotective Benefits of Prolonged Fasting 2018
​Kathleen Ackert, OMS-II ​Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine ​Leveling the Playing Field: Evaluating How Prerequisite Classes Affects Perceived Stress Levels in Medical Students 2018
​Elexander Atkinson, OMS-I ​Edward Via of College of Osteopathic Medicine ​Role of LPT in wound healing of colitis 2018
​Kate Slaymaker, OMS-II ​Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine - Virginia Campus ​Inviting Interdisciplinary Input: An Osteopathic Approach to Leveraging Community Support for Prevention and Management of Chronic Disease in Rural and Appalachian Virginia ​2018



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