School of Health Professions

Our Chiropractic Research Team

Researchers within the Discipline of Chiropractic pursue a wide range of health topics, undertaking high quality, ethically sound research projects, enriching the quality of education for our students, and producing tangible benefits for the community.

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    A/Prof. Bruce Walker, DC, MPH, DrPH, FRCC (UK), AM
    • Evidence based practice
    • Spinal pain, diagnosis and therapies
    • Indigenous health

    Researcher Profile & Publications >

    Current Research Projects
    Immunology knowledge as one of the basic sciences that form the foundations to developing sound clinicians A Armson, A Meyer, B Losco, E Ardakani, B Walker
    Viral load in herniated disc material B Walker, A Armson, J White, M O’Dea
    CAM knowledge, attitudes, use and influences in nurses and chiropractors B Walker, A Armson, F Chin, G Kow, M Wong
    Incidence of vertebral artery stroke B Walker, D Blacker
    Neck pain, stress and daily seated time B Walker, E Ardakani, J Sheppard et al
    Adolescent low back pain and SMT. An RCT. B Walker, J Theroux, S French, L Hestbaek, C Lebouef-Yde
    Integrating anatomy into clinical workshops: does application of anatomy facilitate understanding? A randomised controlled trial C D Losco, B Walker, W Grant, A Meyer
    The significance of the relationship between teaching and learning in anatomy for education and research C D Losco, B Walker, W Grant
    Best practice recommendations for the design and reporting of educational interventions in anatomy education research C D Losco, B Walker, W Grant
    A critical analysis of instruments measuring learning styles and approaches and their applicability to teaching and learning in anatomy C D Losco, B Walker, W Grant
    Effective methods of teaching and learning in anatomy as a basic science: a BEME systematic review C D Losco, B Walker, W Grant, A Armson, A Meyer
    The development of a strength and conditioning program to prevent common technique training injuries in chiropractic students. C Hodgetts, B Walker
    How literature identifies causes of LBP with regards to the first episode ever, episodes in recurrent LBP and chronic LBP, a systematic review. E Ardakani, C Leboeuf-Yde, B Walker
    Comparison and Reliability in Assessing Percentage Paraspinal Muscle / Fat Volume Utilizing T1 vs T2 Weighted MRI Images J Cooley, A deZoete, J Hebert, B Walker
    The relationship between lumbar paraspinal muscle morphology and regional pathology (2 systematic reviews) J Cooley, E Ardakani, J Hebert, T Jensen, P Kjær, B Walker
    The uptake of musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound imaging among chiropractic teaching institutions: A worldwide survey of teaching staff on current utilisation, training and desire to utilise the technology R Henderson, B Walker, KJ Young
    The uptake of musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound imaging among Australian chiropractors R Henderson, B Walker, KJ Young
    How Comprehensively is Evidence-based Practice Represented in Councils on Chiropractic Education (CCE) Educational Standards: A Systematic Audit. S Innes, B Walker, C Leboeuf-Yde
    Similarities and differences of educational standards between CCEs: A systematic review S Innes, B Walker, C Leboeuf-Yde
    Similarities and differences of inspection processes of CCEs S Innes, B Walker, C Leboeuf-Yde
    Case-Mix in a University Chiropractic Clinic V Cascioli, B Losco, C Leboeuf-Yde, B Walker
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    A/Prof. Jeff Cooley, DC, DACBR
    • Radiography
    • Academic/Clinical imaging
    • Spinal MRI

    Researcher Profile & Publications >

    Current Research Projects
    Comparison and Reliability in Assessing Percentage Paraspinal Muscle / Fat Volume Utilizing T1 vs T2 Weighted MRI Images J Cooley, A deZoete, J Hebert, B Walker
    The relationship between lumbar paraspinal muscle morphology and regional pathology (2 systematic reviews) J Cooley, E Ardakani, J Hebert, T Jensen, P Kjær, B Walker
    Utility of a digital radiology teaching database in enhancing student learning J Cooley, J Lim, M McCosker, E Ng, M Yeates
    Testing the feasibility of a protocol for assessing the accuracy of a proposed group of low back instability tests, in a multi-practitioner teaching clinic setting J Cooley, S Brown, S Craggs, K Dayman, K Krstic, E McDermott
    Therapy intervention and imaging utilisation patterns for patients over the age of 50 presenting to a chiropractic teaching clinic. L Amorin-Woods, J Cooley, H Jenkins, A Downie
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    Dr. Kenneth Young, DC, DACBR, MAppSc(Medical Imaging)
    • Radiation safety
    • Clinical case reports
    • Chiropractic education & history

    Researcher Profile & Publications >

    Current Research Projects
    The uptake of musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound imaging among chiropractic teaching institutions: A worldwide survey of teaching staff on current utilisation, training and desire to utilise the technology R Henderson, B Walker, KJ Young
    The uptake of musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound imaging among Australian chiropractors R Henderson, B Walker, KJ Young
    A triumph of belief over evidence: The history of the bizarre legislation governing US Medicare reimbursement of chiropractic services KJ Young
    The hangover: The early and lasting effects of the controversial incorporation of x-ray technology into chiropractic KJ Young, BW Bakkum, L Siordia
    Advertising practices of Western Australian chiropractors regarding the use of x-rays KJ Young, R Cooper, K Tanadi, KW Kok, KR Teo
    Historical influence on the practice of chiropractic radiology and its implications for the future: a survey of the profession. KJ Young, S Marslen, N Ritchie, A Baljeu, A Lauren, W Tsang
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    Dr. Jean Theroux, DC
    • Treatment of Scoliosis
    • Adolescent health
    • Pain management

    Current Research Projects
    Adolescent low back pain and SMT. An RCT. B Walker, J Theroux, S French, L Hestbaek, C Lebouef-Yde
    The Effect of Activator upon Local and Remote Deep Pain Perception B Losco, J Theroux
    Intolerance of uncertainty and clinical competence in chiropractic students S Innes, C Hodgetts, J Theroux,
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    Dr. Emad Motavallizadeh Ardakani, MD, MBSc
    • Low back pain
    • Childhood and adolescent health

    Researcher Profile & Publications >

    Current Research Projects
    The relationship between lumbar paraspinal muscle morphology and regional pathology (2 systematic reviews) J Cooley, E Ardakani, J Hebert, T Jensen, P Kjær, B Walker
    Immunology knowledge as one of the basic sciences that form the foundations to developing sound clinicians A Armson, A Meyer, B Losco, E Ardakani, B Walker
    Neck pain, stress and daily seated time B Walker, E Ardakani, J Sheppard et al
    How literature identifies causes of LBP with regards to the first episode ever, episodes in recurrent LBP and chronic LBP, a systematic review. E Ardakani, C Leboeuf-Yde, B Walker
    Use of videos in neuroanatomy education A Meyer, E Ardakani
    Student motivation in anatomy units A Meyer, E Ardakani
    Patients’ perception of chiropractic students’ interpersonal skills: a single arm prospective study J Théroux, N Stomski, E Ardakani, L Woods
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    Dr. Amanda Meyer, BSc(Hons), PhD
    • Anatomy curricula
    • Student engagement, motivation & retention
    • Neurology

    Researcher Profile & Publications >

    Current Research Projects
    Immunology knowledge as one of the basic sciences that form the foundations to developing sound clinicians A Armson, A Meyer, B Losco, E Ardakani, B Walker
    Use of videos in neuroanatomy education A Meyer, E Ardakani
    Student motivation in anatomy units A Meyer, E Ardakani
    Integrating anatomy into clinical workshops: does application of anatomy facilitate understanding? A randomised controlled trial C D Losco, B Walker, W Grant, A Meyer
    Effective methods of teaching and learning in anatomy as a basic science: a BEME systematic review C D Losco, B Walker, W Grant, A Armson, A Meyer
    Investigating the claims of functional neurology A Meyer, C LeBoeuf-Yde, AL Meyer, S Etherington
    New technique for preserving cadaver heads A Meyer, L Boston, J Hong
    Establishing a core curriculum for anatomy and physiology in accredited chiropractic institutions A Meyer, L Hill, S Etherington
    RCT: app use in a neuroanatomy module A Meyer, N Stomski, C Losco, A Armson
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    Dr. Anthony Armson, BSc (Hon), RN, PhD
    • Chemotherapy treatments of parasites
    • Science-based teaching in Chiropractic

    Researcher Profile & Publications >

    Current Research Projects
    Immunology knowledge as one of the basic sciences that form the foundations to developing sound clinicians A Armson, A Meyer, B Losco, E Ardakani, B Walker
    Effective methods of teaching and learning in anatomy as a basic science: a BEME systematic review C D Losco, B Walker, W Grant, A Armson, A Meyer
    RCT: app use in a neuroanatomy module A Meyer, N Stomski, C Losco, A Armson
    Viral load in herniated disc material B Walker, A Armson, J White, M O’Dea
    CAM knowledge, attitudes, use and influences in nurses and chiropractors B Walker, A Armson, F Chin, G Kow, M Wong
    Potential pathogens present on chiropractic tables in Australia and effective eradication protocol. A Armson, P Hanna, M Theng, M Halvorsen
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    Dr. Chris Hodgetts, BSc/BC
    • Shoulder painof Musculoskeletal origin
    • Spinal manipulative therapy

    Researcher Profile & Publications >

    Current Research Projects
    Intolerance of uncertainty and clinical competence in chiropractic students S Innes, C Hodgetts, J Theroux,
    The development of a strength and conditioning program to prevent common technique training injuries in chiropractic students. C Hodgetts, B Walker
    Systematic Review Back pain prevalence in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis J Théroux, N Stomski, C Hodgetts, H Labelle, S Le May,
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    Dr. Barrett Losco, M.Chiropractic
    • Manual & manipulative care outcomes
    • Pain perception
    • Manual skills teaching

    Researcher Profile & Publications >

    Current Research Projects
    Immunology knowledge as one of the basic sciences that form the foundations to developing sound clinicians A Armson, A Meyer, B Losco, E Ardakani, B Walker
    The Effect of Activator upon Local and Remote Deep Pain Perception B Losco, J Theroux
    Case-Mix in a University Chiropractic Clinic V Cascioli, B Losco, C Leboeuf-Yde, B Walker
    ‘PICO-D Management’; a decision-aid for evidence-based chiropractic education and practice L Amorin-Woods, B Losco
    Going Up-North: Chiropractic undergraduate student clinical immersion placements in regional, rural and remote Western Australia L Amorin-Woods, B Losco, C Losco, P Chapman
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    Dr. Mi-Kyung Lee, BSc, GradDipHSc, MA, PhD
    • Nutrition
    • Public health

    Researcher Profile & Publications >

    Current Research Projects
    Nutrition Guidance within Chiropractic Practice M-K Lee, L Woods, V Cascioli; et al
    Systematic review on antibiotic use in infants and the microbiome for a special issue of Nutrients M-K Lee, C Binns, M Kagawa
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    Dr. Stanley Innes, BAppSc (Chiropractic), Mpsych
    • Persistent/chronic pain
    • Evidence based & effective manual interventions/therapy

    Researcher Profile & Publications >

    Current Research Projects
    Intolerance of uncertainty and clinical competence in chiropractic students S Innes, C Hodgetts, J Theroux,
    How Comprehensively is Evidence-based Practice Represented in Councils on Chiropractic Education (CCE) Educational Standards: A Systematic Audit. S Innes, B Walker, C Leboeuf-Yde
    Similarities and differences of educational standards between CCEs: A systematic review S Innes, B Walker, C Leboeuf-Yde
    Similarities and differences of inspection processes of CCEs S Innes, B Walker, C Leboeuf-Yde
    Revisiting the psychometric properties of the Scoliosis Research Society-22 (SRS-22) French Version J Théroux, S Innes, H Labelle, S Le May, C Kahdra, A Ballard
    Perceived stress, resilience and coping strategies in chiropractic students S Innes
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    Prof. Charlotte Lebouef-Ydes, DC, PhD, MPH
    • Childhood and adolescent health
    • Low back pain

    Current Research Projects
    How Comprehensively is Evidence-based Practice Represented in Councils on Chiropractic Education (CCE) Educational Standards: A Systematic Audit. S Innes, B Walker, C Leboeuf-Yde
    Similarities and differences of educational standards between CCEs: A systematic review S Innes, B Walker, C Leboeuf-Yde
    Similarities and differences of inspection processes of CCEs S Innes, B Walker, C Leboeuf-Yde
    Case-Mix in a University Chiropractic Clinic V Cascioli, B Losco, C Leboeuf-Yde, B Walker
    Investigating the claims of functional neurology A Meyer, C LeBoeuf-Yde, AL Meyer, S Etherington
    How literature identifies causes of LBP with regards to the first episode ever, episodes in recurrent LBP and chronic LBP, a systematic review. E Ardakani, C Leboeuf-Yde, B Walker
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    Dr. Christine Losco, M. Chiropractic, PgCert
    • Teaching & learning
    • Anatomy & clinical application
    • Health education

    Researcher Profile & Publications >

    Current Research Projects
    Effective methods of teaching and learning in anatomy as a basic science: a BEME systematic review C D Losco, B Walker, W Grant, A Armson, A Meyer
    Integrating anatomy into clinical workshops: does application of anatomy facilitate understanding? A randomised controlled trial C D Losco, B Walker, W Grant, A Meyer
    The significance of the relationship between teaching and learning in anatomy for education and research C D Losco, B Walker, W Grant
    Best practice recommendations for the design and reporting of educational interventions in anatomy education research C D Losco, B Walker, W Grant
    A critical analysis of instruments measuring learning styles and approaches and their applicability to teaching and learning in anatomy C D Losco, B Walker, W Grant
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    Ms. Sasha Dorron, BSc Hons (Chiro) / B.Chiro
    • Spinal manipulation
    • Pain perception

    Researcher Profile & Publications >

    Current Research Projects
    The Effect of Lumbar Spinal Manipulation upon Local and Remote Deep and Superficial Pain Perception B Losco, P Drummond, B Walker

Looking to study a research degree?

If you’re looking to take on a research degree, we offer supervision in a range of research topics within a fundamental or applied nature in the areas of anatomical sciences, chiropractic, epidemiology and public health, radiology and injury. Please contact Associate Professor Bruce Walker: bruce.walker@murdoch.edu.au for more information.

For further topics within the School of Health Professions, see the Nursing Research and Counselling Research pages.

Participated in a study?

Should you wish to find out further information regarding the outcome of a study that you have taken part in, please see the recent summary reports and publication links below, or contact the relevant lead investigator listed above for further details.

The Effect of Lumbar Spinal Manipulation upon Local and Remote Deep and Superficial Pain Perception – Summary for Participants
Ms. Sasha Aspinall (Dorron), Dr. Barrett Losco, Prof. Peter Drummond, & Assoc. Prof. Bruce Walker

Using the Neuropen to measure Pinprick Temporal Sensory Summation: A Pilot Study
Ms. Sasha Aspinall (Dorron), Assoc. Prof. Bruce Walker, Prof. Charlotte Leboeuf-Yde, & Dr Sarah Etherington

Knowledge, Attitude, Influences and Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) among Chiropractic and Nursing students
Bruce Walker, Anthony Armson, Christopher Hodgetts, Angela Jacques, Fu En Chin, Garret Kow, Hyung Jin Lee, Mui Kee Wong, & Anthony Wright

The Inter-rater Reliability of Static Palpation of the Thoracic Spine for Eliciting Tenderness and to Test for a Manipulable Lesion.
Ms. Amber Beynon, Assoc. Prof. Bruce Walker & Prof. Jeffery Hebert