Life + Career Osteopathic Research Funded Research Projects

Funded Research Projects

Paying it forward

Since 2016, the AOA has awarded over $3 million in grants for osteopathic research

Get to know the projects and researchers whose work has earned AOA research grant funding.

The AOA has funded 30 research projects designed to evaluate the effectiveness of osteopathic medicine in five key areas: osteopathic philosophy, chronic diseases and conditions, OMM/OMT, musculoskeletal injuries and prevention, and pain management. Learn more about grant opportunities for physicians and fellows, resident physicians and osteopathic medical students.


AOA-Funded Research Projects
Principal Investigator (PI) Institution 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 2016
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 2016
Walter Hartwig, PhD Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine California Patient Experience of Osteopathic Physician Distinctions and Empathy 2016
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 2016
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 2016
Jennifer Berglind, PhD Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Use of the Lymphatic Pump Technique as a Novel Therapy for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) 2016
Michael V. Volin, PhD Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine Lymphatic Pump Treatment of Inflammation in Rat-Adjuvant-Induced Arthritis 2016
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 2016
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 2016
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 Rowan 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 The 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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