Dr. Monica Smith, DC, PhD. Director of Research
Dr. Monica Smith is the Director of Research at Life Chiropractic College West. Since 1987, Monica Smith has been affiliated with various health services research programs/projects at St. Louis University School of Public Health, SLU School of Medicine, Dept. of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in St. Louis, MO (VA-STL), Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research, UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies, and Dept. of Veterans Affairs-Greater Los Angeles (VA-GLA). Her research interests and published work is focused on evaluating and improving cross-disciplinary coordination of health care; evaluating and improving the cost, quality, outcomes, availability, and integration of evidence-based chiropractic and complementary/alternative healthcare; and supporting evidence-based health care delivery (organization, financing, utilization, practice/provision, education, policy). Dr. Smith has presented extensively at national and international forums for health care research and health policy.
Dr. Joel Alcantara, BSc, DC
Dr Alcantara’s interest in research began at the University of Calgary in the Department of Biological Sciences as an undergraduate student working on biofilm formations. As a chiropractic researcher, he has been affiliated with the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research and Life Chiropractic College West. His research interests are diverse with publications in the quality of life and patient satisfaction of chiropractic patients, the safety and effectiveness of pediatric care, women’s health (particularly during pregnancy) and biomechanics of the spinal adjustment. Dr Alcantara has presented his research efforts at scientific conferences worldwide and is a post-graduate faculty in a number of chiropractic colleges. In addition to his research efforts at Life West, he co-ordinates the largest and most successful practice-based research network in the chiropractic profession as Research Director for the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.
Dr. Kristen Gates, EdD.
Kristen Gates, EdD, is the Director of Assessment and Educational Effectiveness at Life Chiropractic College West where she is responsible for development, leadership, management, accreditation, and academic assessment of all educational and training programs. Dr. Gates work in Higher Education has included positions at the University of California, California State University System and private non-profit science sector. Dr. Gates research includes teaching and learning excellence, educational transformation, innovation and entrepreneurship, and the role of social networks in supporting student success. Prior to her work at Life West, Dr. Gates was the Executive Director of Education for the TRUST Science and Technology Center at UC Berkeley. Dr. Gates developed educational research projects that included undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty, and industry professionals addressing technical, policy, and economic issues essential to improving cyber security and trustworthy systems. Principal Investigator (PI) or Co-PI on National Science Foundation proposals. She earned her Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California.
Dr. Charles Henderson, DC, PhD.
Dr. Henderson is a technical consultant in grant and manuscript preparation through Henderson Technical Consulting. He retired as an associate professor of research from the Palmer Center for Chiropractic Research in 2012. He is the developer of the External Link Model (ELM), a novel experimental platform for examining the mechanism and effects of intersegmental spine hypomobility. Dr. Henderson has published scientific papers on the biomechanical, histological, and neurophysiological consequences of intersegmental spine hypomobility. Since retiring as a spine researcher from Palmer, he has continued to teach via videoconference, courses in chiropractic research literature and research proposal development as part of Palmer’s Master of Science in Clinical Research Program. This graduate program prepares doctors of chiropractic to pursue careers as clinical scientists, chiropractic academicians, and contributors to the clinical research workforce. His interest in chiropractic education has prompted him to collaborate on several education research projects with chiropractic faculty. This collaboration has been quite successful, being regularly recognized at the Association of Chiropractic Colleges Research Agenda Conference. In each of the past three years, Dr. Henderson and his faculty collaborator have presented the prize winning education research paper at the conference. Dr. Henderson is a graduate of Western States Chiropractic College (DC, 1977) and the University of South Florida, College of Medicine (PhD, 1992).
Dr. Dale Johnson, PhD.
Dr. Johnson is the Director of Institutional Research at Life Chiropractic College West, where he works with senior administrators, faculty and executive officers on the planning efforts that support and grow the Doctor of Chiropractic program of the college. Prior to assuming his current role, Dr. Johnson served seven years as the Director of Research and twelve years as a faculty member in the Chemistry and Anatomy Department. He continues to work with teams of chiropractic researchers investigating pediatric care, quality of life and the nervous system. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the California Institute of Technology in 1994, his M.S. in Industrial Chemistry from the University of Central Florida and his B.S. from North Carolina State University.
Dr. Donna H Odierna, DrPH, MS, RH(AHG)
Donna H Odierna, DrPH, MS, RH(AHG), is a public health researcher, social epidemiologist, and a clinical herbalist. Her research focuses on social exclusion and health equity, with an emphasis on how structural and individual factors interact to affect population health. Dr. Odierna is a graduate of the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley, and she completed postdoctoral studies in health policy and health services research at the UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies. She studied Clinical Herbalism at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine, and is a professional member of the American Herbalists Guild. Dr. Odierna is working with the Director of Research to develop materials and assessment tools for the Research and Clinical Information Literacy curriculum, and serves as the Interim Correspondent for the LCCW Institutional Review Board. In addition to her work at LCCW, Dr. Odierna maintains an independent research and training consulting practice, and volunteers at the Charlotte Maxwell Complementary Clinic in Oakland, which provides free integrative health services to low-income women with cancer.
Dr. Charles Sherrod, DC, MPH, CIE.
Dr Sherrod is a Doctor of Chiropractic with a Masters Degree in Public Health Education from San Jose State University. Currently, he is President of NetErgonomics™, a one-stop-shop for ergonomics, where he works with his son Shawn and a nationwide network of board certified ergonomists providing live and online blended learning for Continuing Education credit. In addition, Dr Sherrod has taught a Human Factors/Ergonomics elective course and Clinical Chemistry, as an adjunct teaching faculty in Clinical Sciences. He has conducted myriad research projects at Life Chiropractic College West, as well as leading qualitative research projects that were published in several peer reviewed journals and presenting at major scientific conferences over the last 10 years. Also, he is chairman of the Hearts-for-the Homeless (H4H) Executive Team guiding services to the homeless populations in San Francisco Bay Area.
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