Michele J. Maiers

Associate Professor
Center for Health Care Innovation & Policy

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Currently Teaching (2014-2015)


  • Complementary and integrative health care disciplines
  • Health care policy
  • Mixed methods research

“We’re drowning in information and starving for knowledge.”   Rutherford Rogers

This aptly characterizes how many see research as it relates to health care delivery. My professional goal is to facilitate the pragmatic use of research to inform clinical practice and shape public health policy. My research focuses on clinical trials that answer practical questions, including: Are patient outcomes improved with co-management by different provider types? Is short term treatment or long term management a better approach for chronic musculoskeletal conditions? What aspects of care matter most to patients? It is essential that the information gained in these and other studies is translated into knowledge that improves patient care, policy guidelines, access and reimbursement.

I am excited about my work because I believe in the capacity for integrative and complementary professions to be a positive force to improving the landscape of health care. When not at work, my excitement centers around traveling, reading and baking pies.


  • Bachelor of Science - Northwestern Health Sciences University, 2000
  • Doctor of Chiropractic - Northwestern Health Sciences University, 2000
  • Master of Public Health - University of Minnesota, 2006



Evans R, Bronfort G, Maiers M, Schulz C, Hartvigsen J. "I know it's changed": a mixed-methods study of the meaning of Global Perceived Effect in chronic neck pain patients. Eur Spine J. 2014 Jan 10. [Epub ahead of print]

Maiers M, Bronfort G, Evans R, Hartvigsen J, Svendsen K, Bracha Y, Schulz C, Schulz K, Grimm R. Spinal Manipulative Therapy and Exercise for Seniors with Chronic Neck Pain. Spine J. 2013 Nov 10. pii: S1529-9430(13)01630-6.

Evans R, Maiers M, Delagran L, Kreitzer MJ, Sierpina V. Evidence informed practice as the catalyst for culture change in CAM. Explore (NY). 2012;8:68-72.

Evans R, Bronfort G, Schulz C, Maiers M, Bracha Y, Svendsen K, Grimm R, Jr., Garvey T, Transfeldt E. Supervised Exercise with and Without Spinal Manipulation Perform Similarly and Better Than Home Exercise for Chronic Neck Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2012 May 15;37(11):903-914.

Bronfort G, Maiers MJ, Evans RL, Schulz CA, Bracha Y, Svendsen KH, Grimm RH, Jr., Owens EF, Jr., Garvey TA, Transfeldt EE. Supervised exercise, spinal manipulation, and home exercise for chronic low back pain: a randomized clinical trial. Spine J. 2011;11(7):585-598.

Evans R, Delagran L, Maiers M, Kreitzer MJ, Sierpina V. Advancing evidence informed practice through faculty development: the Northwestern Health Sciences University model. Explore (NY). 2011;7(4):265-268.

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