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The mission of the Research Working Group (RWG) is to promote mutual understanding, collaborative activities, and interdisciplinary health care education through research. The broad priorities of the RWG are: shifting the culture at CAM institutions to better embrace research; redirecting the research agenda regarding these disciplines so that it is of greater use to the members of the professions; and building research capacity within the ACCAHC disciplines. An early collaboration is the participation of RWG members in a steering committee on a Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA)-funded project to establish a practice-based research network to examine complementary, alternative and integrative practices.  The RWG works to clarify the components of a shared research agenda which may speak more directly to clinicians in the ACCAHC professions. The RWG led intensive ACCAHC involvement in dialogue with the leadership of the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in the development of the 2011-2015 strategic plan. One outcome was increased recognition of the importance of focusing research on the impact of "disciplines" in the final plan.

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  • Cheryl Hawk, DC, PhD, CHES Associate Vice President of Research and Health Policy, Logan University; Editor-in-Chief, Topics in Integrative Health
  • Martha Brown Menard, PhD, LMT Research Director, Crocker Institute; Research Faculty, School of Mind-Body Medicine, Saybrook University

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine


  • Gregory D. Cramer, PhD, DC Professor of Anatomy and Research, Dean of Research, National University of Health Sciences
  • Mitchell Haas, DC, MA Associate Vice President of Research, University of Western States
  • James M Whedon, DC, MS Instructor, the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice Health Care Research Analyst, ACO Support, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center

Massage Therapy

Naturopathic Medicine

Traditional World Medicines/Emerging Professions



  • Richard Hammerschlag, PhD Founding Co-Chair, ACCAHC RWG; past Dean of Research, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine; Co-founder, Society for Acupuncture Research; Fellow, The Institute for Integrative Health
  • Christine Goertz, DC, PhD Founding Co-Chair, Vice Chancellor, Palmer Center for Chiropractic Policy and Research