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Currently Teaching (2013-2014)


  • Clinical trials
  • Qualitative research
  • Systematic reviews
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Educating future scientists

I believe that patients deserve health care informed by high quality research. That is why I am passionate about doing research testing conservative treatments for common and costly health conditions like back pain, neck pain and headache. I’m most happy doing mixed methods research, particularly qualitative studies nested in randomized clinical trials with our talented team. I’m especially curious as to how patients’ expectations and experiences shape their perceptions and physiological responses to pain.

I really enjoy training the next generation of research scientists in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) through our unique fellowship program, and am excited to be creating innovative resources for CAM students and providers to find, interpret and use research in practice.

I love what I do, and I do it a lot, but when I’m not working I’m running, cycling, skiing, sailing, kayaking, and hanging out with my dogs.


  • Foundation of Chiropractic and Education, Peter Bommarito Research Residency Award, 1995-1998
  • American Chiropractic Association, George B. McClelland, DC, Researcher of the Year, 2011




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.

Haanstra TM, Hanson L, Evans R, van Nes FA, de Vet HC, Cuijpers P, and Ostelo RW. How do low back pain patients conceptualize their expectations regarding treatment? Content analysis of interviews. Eur Spine J. 2013 May 10. [Epub ahead of print]

Bronfort G, Evans R, Anderson AV, Svendsen KH, Bracha Y, Grimm RH. Spinal manipulation, medication, or home exercise with advice for acute and subacute neck pain: a randomized trial. Ann Intern Med. 2012;156(1 Pt 1):1-10.

Bronfort G, Haas M, Evans R, Kawchuk G, Dagenais S. Spinal Manipulation and Mobilization. In Duncan, L, White, K, Watrous, J. Evidence-Based Management of Low Back Pain. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Mosby; 2012;17:229-247.

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.

Leininger B, Bronfort G, Evans R, Reiter T. Spinal manipulation or mobilization for radiculopathy: a systematic review. Phys Med Rehabil Clin N Am. 2011;22(1):105-125.

Schulz CA, Hondras MA, Evans RL, Gudavalli MR, Long CR, Owens EF, Wilder DG, Bronfort G. Chiropractic and self-care for back-related leg pain: design of a randomized clinical trial. Chiropr Man Therap. 2011;19:8.

Taylor B, Delagran L, Baldwin L, Hanson L, Leininger B, Vihstadt C, Evans R, Kreitzer MJ, Sierpina V. Advancing integration through evidence informed practice: Northwestern Health Sciences University's integrated educational model. Explore (NY). 2011;7(6):396-400.

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