AOA Research Mentor Requests
In an effort to help link osteopathic medical students searching for research mentors within the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), this form has been created. The following is a list of Osteopathic Physicians and Researchers at Osteopathic Institutions that have successfully secured and managed Research Grants from the AOA in the past. Therefore, these individuals are uniquely qualified to serve as mentors for those students looking to find a research mentor while applying for the AOA OMS Research Fellowship Grants, or for any other general research purpose. If any of the following mentors or their areas of study interest you as a grant applicant, or otherwise, please select one or more mentors below. The American Osteopathic Association will then gladly introduce you to your potential mentor via a follow up email.

(Please note, for the purposes of the AOA OMS Research Fellowship Grants, if the research mentor you are interested in working with is not at your home institution, or even not in your home state, you may still choose them as a mentor, as long as you acquire an ADDITIONAL mentor at your institution who can help manage the finances of your grant at the institutional level.)

For further information regarding the AOA OMS Research Fellowship Grants, please visit the Student Osteopathic Medical Association (SOMA) Research Website: https://studentdo.org/research

For questions and concerns, please contact the SOMA Research Director, Charles Lopresto at rd@studentdo.org
Research Mentor Information
Research Mentor: Brian Degenhardt, DO
Area(s) of Interest: OMM/OMT AOA Grant Title: “Use and Effectiveness of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine in the Clinical Setting.”
State: MO
Institution: A.T. Still Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Research Mentor: Jeremy J. Houser, PhD
Area(s) of Interest: Pain Management
AOA Grant Title: “Investigating Objective Functional Characteristics to Differentiate Subgroups in Chronic Low Back Pain Patients.”
State: MO
Institution: A.T. Still Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

Research Mentor: Brian C. Clark, PhD
Area(s) of Interest: Pain Management, OMT
AOA Grant Title: “Neurophysiologic Mechanisms of Non-Impulse Manual Therapy in Chronic Low Back Pain.”
State: OH
Institution: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Research Mentor: Thad E. Wilson, PhD
Area(s) of Interest: OMM/OMT
AOA Grant Title: “Effect of Osteopathic Manipulation on Skin Sympathetic Nerve Activity.”
State: OH
Institution: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Research Mentor: Marcel Fraix, DO
Area(s) of Interest: OMM/OMT
AOA Grant Title: “Effectiveness of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT) and Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT) Alone or in Combination on Balance and Visual Function in Patients with Vertigo and Somatic Dysfunction.”
State: CA
Institution: Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Research Mentor: Paul R. Standley, PhD
Area(s) of Interest: Unspecified
AOA Grant Title: “In Vitro Myofascial Release and Wound Healing.”
State: AZ
Institution: University of Arizona

Research Mentor: Gilbert Siu, DO, PhD
Area(s) of Interest: OMM/OMT / Musculoskeletal
AOA Grant Title: “Efficacy of Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment After Bilateral Total Knee Arthroplasty.”
State: NJ
Institution: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Research Mentor: Brian C. Clark, PhD
Area(s) of Interest: Unspecified
AOA Grant Title: “Assessment of the in vivo segmental vertebral motion characteristics of lumbar vertebrae.”
State: OH
Institution: Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine

Research Mentor: John C. Licciardone, DO
Area(s) of Interest: OMM/OMT / Pain Management
AOA Grant Title: “Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment of Somatic Dysfunction and Chronic Low Back Pain in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.” And “The Osteopathic Difference in Treating Patients with Low Back Pain.”
State: TX
Institution: University of North Texas Health Science Center

Research Mentor: Lisa Hodge, PhD
Area(s) of Interest: OMM/OMT
AOA Grant Title: “Lymphatic Pump Treatment as an Adjunctive Therapy for the Treatment of Pneumonia.”
State:TX
Institution: University of North Texas Health Science Center

Research Mentor: Jennifer Berglind, PhD
Area(s) of Interest: OMM/OMT
AOA Grant Title: “Use of the Lymphatic Pump Technique as a Novel Therapy for IBD.”
State: SC
Institution: Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Carolinas Campus

Research Mentor: Diana Speelman, PhD
Area(s) of Interest: Obesity
AOA Grant Title: “Use of Osteopathic Principles for Nonpharmacologic, Therapeutic Interventions in Obese Women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.”
State: PA
Institution: Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Research Mentor: Kendi Hensel, DO, PhD
Area(s) of Interest: OMM/OMT / Chronic Disease
AOA Grant Title: “Effects of OMT on Gait Kinematics and Postural Control in Parkinson Disease.”
State: TX
Institution: University of North Texas Health Science Center

Research Mentor: Walter Hartwig, PhD
Area(s) of Interest: Osteopathic Philosophy
AOA Grant Title: “Patient Experience of Osteopathic Physician Distinction and Empathy.”
State: CA
Institution: Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, California

Research Mentor: Gail Singer-Chang, PsyD
Area(s) of Interest: Osteopathic Philosophy
AOA Grant Title: “Identifying Risk Factors Associated with Declining EQ Traits During DO Training.”
State: CA
Institution: Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Research Mentor: Sheldon Yao, DO
Area(s) of Interest: OMM/OMT / Chronic Disease
AOA Grant Title: “Effect of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine on Balance, Motor Function, and Biomarkers in Parkinson’s Disease.”
State: NY
Institution: New York Institute of Technology

Research Mentor: Mark Speicher, PhD
Area(s) of Interest: Osteopathic Philosophy
AOA Grant Title: “The Value of Osteopathic Clinical Care: A Multi-Level Analysis.”
State: AZ
Institution: Midwestern University Arizona COM

Research Mentor: Venkat Venkataraman, PhD
Area(s) of Interest: Pain Management
AOA Grant Title: “Development of a serum biomarker-based approach to monitor opioid adherence and minimize substance misuse in chronic pain management.”
State: NJ
Institution: Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine

Research Mentor: Hallie Zwibel, DO
Area(s) of Interest: Public Health, Concussion, Sports Medicine, Primary Care
State: NY
Institution: New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine
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