Research Opportunities

Massage Research Poster Session

AMTA is proud to collaborate with the Massage Therapy Foundation on the 23rd annual poster session at the AMTA 2020 National Convention.

The poster sessions are a showcase of research on the science of massage. This event creates a forum for informal discussion of research, and provides attendees with the opportunity to learn how individual therapists have impacted their communities and advanced the profession.

Research Education

Research Panel: New Massage Therapy Research - Building Toward Innovation In Care For Your Clients

Interested in learning how to conduct a research project or hearing about new studies? Join our panel of thought leaders: Drs. Cambron, Kennedy, Munk, and Sefton as they discuss incorporating massage therapists into medical education research, emerging research programs on high-profile topics, and how to begin a project including study design and the IRB process. The speakers will also discuss current research collaborations, their outcomes, and the International Massage Therapy Research Conference.

Friday, 1:30-5:30pm

Jerrilyn Cambron, LMT, DC, MPH, Ph.D., is a research professor at the National University of Health Sciences and adjunct faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has served as a principal investigator on massage therapy and chiropractic care research studies for more than 20 years.

Dr. Jerrilyn Cambron will be speaking about the Massage Therapy Foundation’s research collaborations and their outcomes, the International Massage Therapy Research Conference, our studies with the Samueli Foundation and the MTF’s history.

Ann Blair Kennedy, DrPH, is a clinical assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville in the Biomedical Science Department where she co-leads the evidence-based medicine/biostatistics/epidemiology curriculum. Dr. Kennedy is the Director of the Patient Engagement Studio, and she focuses on patient and stakeholder engagement in research across multiple topics including health promotion interventions, stress and wellness, and integrative medicine. She has been a massage therapist and AMTA member since 1999.

Dr. Ann Blair Kennedy will discuss the medical student’s perception of complimentary and integrative medicine, and how to incorporate massage therapists into medical education research.

Dr. Niki Munk runs an active massage focused research lab within the Health Sciences Department at the Indiana University Schools of Health & Human Sciences in Indianapolis.

Dr. Niki Munk will discuss three of her current research programs: Massage for Chronic Neck Pain, Massage Therapy for Amputation Related Sequelae, and Massage Therapy Profession Sustainability & Education.

JoEllen Sefton, Ph.D., ATC, is director of the Auburn University Warrior Research Center, assisting the U.S. Armed Forces in improving the physical and technical skills, equipment, health and performance of military, families, and veterans. She is also the director of the Warrior Athletic Training Program at Fort Benning and an associate professor at Auburn University.

Dr. Jo Ellen Sefton will discuss the beginning stages of her massage therapy and concussion research project. As part of this discussion, she will explain the current research process including the IRB and study design. Hear how a case report connected a massage practitioner to a researcher, and has now evolved into a valuable study on concussions. 

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