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June 7, 2013 >> Education & Seminars

Logan College of Chiropractic Appoints Dr. Cheryl Hawk Dean of Research

Logan College of Chiropractic / University Programs has announced the appointment of Cheryl Hawk, DC, PhD, CHES, FICC, as dean of research, effective at the beginning of the fall 2013 trimester.

Rodger Tepe, PhD, who has served as dean of research and development since June 2005, will return to the classroom, where his outstanding teaching skills will be fully utilized.

Dr. Hawk, who has been Logan's director of clinical research since October 2010, is a nationally known researcher with 35 years of experience in chiropractic and 20 years in clinical research, including over 25 clinical studies and more than 90 articles in peer-reviewed journals. She serves as the chair of the Scientific Commission of the Council on Chiropractic Guidelines and Practice Parameters (CCGPP), which named her the "Person of the Year" in 2010. She has been named "Researcher of the Year" by both the American Chiropractic Association (2003) and the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research (2005).

"Logan is fortunate to have someone of Dr. Hawk's outstanding reputation and vast experience serve as Dean of Research," said Logan President Clay McDonald, DC, MBA, JD.

Prior to joining Logan, Dr. Hawk served as vice president of research and scholarship at Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City, Mo. Before her affiliation with Cleveland Chiropractic College, which began in 2005, Dr. Hawk was a professor and dean of research at Southern California University of Health Sciences and professor and senior researcher for the Parker Research Institute at Parker College of Chiropractic. Over a period of 10 years, she also served in a number of key academic and administrative roles at Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Dr. Hawk received her doctor of chiropractic degree in 1976 from the National University of Health Sciences and practiced full-time for 12 years. In 1991, she earned a PhD in preventive medicine from the University of Iowa and also became a certified health education specialist (CHES).

Dr. Hawk has served as principal investigator in a numerous research studies, and has been a panel participant in a numbers of conference workshops in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain. In December 2012, she was awarded a Standard Process competitive research grant totaling $700,000. Her research project is titled "Chiropractic Care and a Specific Regimen of Nutritional Supplementation for Patients with Acute Ankle Sprain: a Multisite Randomized Controlled Trial."

The study compares the short- and long-term effect of chiropractic care combined with a specific nutritional supplement regimen to chiropractic care with a placebo supplement for patients with ankle sprains, in terms of improvement in physical function and pain. Thirteen chiropractic schools submitted applications to Standard Process and seven were invited to submit proposals.

Dr. Hawk co-authored two research articles that were published in 2012: "Complementary and Alternative Medicine Professions Students' Perceptions about Interdisciplinary Collaboration" in Topics in Integrative Health Care 2011, Vol. 3(2), June 30, 2012 edition; and "Consensus Process to Develop a Best-Practice Document on the Role of Chiropractic Care in Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Wellness" in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics.

Dr. Hawk is a member of the American Chiropractic Association, the American Public Health Association, and the Kansas Health Association.

Source: Logan College of Chiropractic / University Programs


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