Center for Scholarly Activity

Departmental Mission

The Center for Scholarly Activity is committed to improving the teaching and practice of chiropractic in a salutogenic, evidence-informed context focused on the analysis and correction of vertebral subluxations.

Obsessed with Student Success

Center personnel will:

1. Create and maintain a positive, nurturing culture among students toward research and scholarly activities (RASA) as well as evidence-informed, vertebral subluxation centered practice in a vitalistic, salutogenic model.

2. Assist students in coordinating and integrating college resources to achieve their academic and clinical goals related to research and evidence-informed practice.

3. Provide support for students seeking assistance with literature search, research design and implementation, and manuscript preparation.

4. Provide support for students seeking assistance with literature retrieval, clinical assessment, and research to empower them with critical thinking skills necessary for success in the Health Center and private practice.

5. Integrate feedback from students and faculty to ensure relevance, excellence, and accountability in evidence-informed curriculum and practice.

Integrating Evidence-Informed Practice

Evidence-Informed curriculum and practice is an essential element of implementing these core values. The process involves the following steps:

• Evaluate the evidence base for each course. Is the material taught supported by textbooks, scientific literature, individual expertise, or a combination of these?

• Identify any gaps in the evidence for what is taught.

• Review the available literature to see which gaps can be filled.

• This will lead to recommendations for curriculum and policy change, and help develop a research agenda to fill the gaps that remain.

Evidence-Informed Approach to Research

Video Presentations

Neurological Consequences of Spinal Degenerative Disease Associated with Vertebral Subluxations

Prevalence of abnormal findings in a cohort of patients referred for cervical spine MRI examination by doctors of chiropractic and potential neurological consequences associated with vertebral subluxation

Putative neurobiological mechanisms associated with vertebral subluxation: A review and update

Unexplained issues in mental health: The role of vertebral subluxation

Current Research Projects

(updated 07/14/20)

  • Alan Brewster (PI), Amplitude of sEMG Signal with Varied Electrode-Muscle Angle in Biceps Brachii: A Proof-of-Concept Study for sEMG Analysis of Vertebral Subluxation
  • Alan Brewster (PI), Novel Electrode Array for Paraspinal sEMG Analysis to Correct for Cross-Talk Contamination and Increase Specificity for Vertebral Subluxation Analysis
  • Princess Porter-Fowler (PI), Joel Alcantara, John Porter, Lynne Koch – The Cultural Competence of Chiropractic Students (Resubmission after revision)
  • Alan Brewster (PI), George Auger. A Literature Review of L5 Coupled Motion to Increase Specificity of Vertebral Subluxation Evaluation

Publication List at Sherman College

T Lancaster: Morphological Grouping and Body Mass Prediction Models. Society of Vertebrate Paleontologists Annual Meeting, Oct. 2020

D Vaamonde, A C Hackney, J M Garcia Manso, E Arriaza Ardiles, M Vaquero, Birth sex ratio in the offspring of professional male soccer players: influence of exercise training load, Human Reproduction, deaa225, https://doi.org/10.1093/humrep/deaa225

Matthew McCoy, D.C., M.P.H.; Suzzanne M. Candelaria-Perez, B.Sc.; Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D.; Christie Kwon, D.C., M.S., M.P.H.(C); Anquonette Stiles, D.C., M.P.H.; Christopher Long, B.S., and Brooke Mills, A.A.: A Scoping Review of Salivary Tests for Immunoglobulin A, Cortisol, and C-Reactive Protein in Consideration of Their Use as Immune Biomarkers in Chiropractic Research. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, Volume 2020

Matthew McCoy, D.C., M.P.H.; Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D.; Anquonette Stiles, D.C., M.P.H.; Christie Kwon D.C., M.S., M.P.H.(C); Suzzanne M. Candelaria-Perez, B.Sc.; Christopher Long, B.S.; and Brooke Mills, A.A.: Immune Function, Chiropractic and Vertebral Subluxation: A Multi-Pronged Project to Address Fundamental Questions in an Evidence Informed Framework. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, Volume 2020

Matthew McCoy, D.C., M.P.H.; Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D.; Suzzanne M. Candelaria-Perez, B.Sc.; Anquonette Stiles, D.C., M.P.H.; Christie Kwon, D.C., M.S., M.P.H.(C); Christopher Long, B.S., and Brooke Mills, A.A.: A Scoping Review of Chiropractic, Vertebral Subluxation and Immune Function with Implications for Development of a Protocol for Measurement of Immune Biomarkers in Chiropractic Research and the Development of Related Policy. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, Volume 2020

Matthew McCoy D.C., M.P.H.; Christopher Kent, D.C., J.D.; Simon Senzon, D.C., M.A., Ph.D.(C); and Phillip Ebrall, B.Apps.Sc. (Chiropr), Ph.D., D.C. (Hon).: A Critical Evaluation of the World Federation of Chiropractic’s Fatally Flawed Review of Immunity and Chiropractic. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, Volume 2020

Kenya A, Vuyiya CK: The neurobiological effect of anxiety and depression on memory in academic learning: a literature review. J Contemporary Chiropractor 2020;3:36-44.

Li M, Liu Z, Qian B, Liu W, Horimoto K, Xia J, She M, Wang W, Zhou H, Chen L: “Dysfunctions” induced by Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery are concomitant with metabolic improvement independent of weight loss. Cell Discov. 2020;6:4. Published 2020 Jan 28. doi:10.1038/s41421-019-0138-2

Kent C: Putative neurobiological mechanisms associated with vertebral subluxation: A review and update. International Conference on Neurology and Neuroscience. Rome, Italy. March 4-5, 2020.

Hock S, McIntyre M: Reduction of Neck Pain and Immobility in a 78-Year-Old Patient with Severe Degenerative Disc Disease and Osteoporosis Using Gonstead Chiropractic Care for Vertebral Subluxation: A Case Study. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ April 6, 2020 ~ Pages 43-49.

  • Kent C: Proposed Neurobiological Processes Associated with Models of Vertebral Subluxation: Dysafferentation, Dyskinesia, Dysponesis, Dysautonomia, Neuroplasticity and Ephaptic Transmission. Archives in Neurology & Neuroscience 2019;3(1):1-3.
  • Kent C: Prevalence of abnormal findings in a cohort ofpatients referred for cervical spine MRI examination by doctors of chiropractic and potential neurological consequences associated with vertebral subluxation. Global Congress on Neurology & Neuroscience. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. July 17-18, 2019.
  • Kent C: Neurological Consequences of Spinal Degenerative Disease Associated With Vertebral Subluxations. European Neurology Congress. Venice, Italy. June 19-20, 2019.
  • Christopher Kent, Developing an Evidence-Informed Culture at Sherman College of Chiropractic, 16th Annual International Research and Philosophy Symposium, Boiling Springs, SC. October 12-13, 2019.
  • Alan Brewster, A Literature Review of L5 Coupled Motion to Increase Specificity of Vertebral Subluxation Evaluation, 16th Annual International Research and Philosophy Symposium, Boiling Springs, SC. October 12-13, 2019.
  • Daniel J. Becker and Brian Dooley, An Investigation of Glial Scarring & Myelin Inhibitors Through the Lens of the 33 Chiropractic Principles, 16th Annual International Research and Philosophy Symposium, Boiling Springs, SC. October 12-13, 2019.
  • Terry E. Lancaster, Evidence of the Intelligence of Life, 16th Annual International Research and Philosophy Symposium, Boiling Springs, SC. October 12-13, 2019.
  • Christopher Kent, Neurological Consequences of Spinal Degenerative Disease Associated With Vertebral Subluxations, 16th Annual International Research and Philosophy Symposium, Boiling Springs, SC. October 12-13, 2019.
  • Bill Decken, The Importance of Worldview, 16th Annual International Research and Philosophy Symposium, Boiling Springs, SC. October 12-13, 2019.
  • Kent C, Vertebral Subluxation: Semantic Pathology, Epistemic Trespassing, and Ethics, J. Philosophy, Principles & Practice of Chiropractic — July 23, 2018
  • Kent C (2018) Chiropractic and Mental Health: History and Review of Putative Neurobiological Mechanisms. Jou Neuro Psy An Brain Res: JNPB-103.
  • Stephens, S. and Alcantara, J. Evidence-Based Practice Attitudes and Utilization Survey (EBASE) of Chiropractic Students, The 25th ACC Research Agenda Conference (ACC-RAC) 2018 (March 8-10), Dallas, TX.
  • Brewster A, and Seay C. sEMG Analysis of Lumbar Paraspinal Muscle Recruitment During Chiropractic Cervical Syndrome Evaluation, A Pilot Study. The 15th International Research and Philosophy Symposium, Spartanburg, SC. 2018 (October 6-7) .
  • Fedorchuk, C, Comer, R.; Lightstone, D.; McCoy M.; Kent, C.; and Boningo, J.; The Prevalence of Vertebral Subluxation in Patients Presenting to a Private Chiropractic Clinic over a Six Year Period The 15th International Research and Philosophy Symposium, Spartanburg, SC. 2018 (October 6-7) .
  • Boles, R.; Myers, T.: and Luo, P.G. Chiropractic Care for a Student Athlete Playing Collegiate Sports. The 15th International Research and Philosophy Symposium, Spartanburg, SC. 2018 (October 6-7) .
  • Dooley, B.; and Lancaster, T. E.; Treading on Galen’s Last Nerve. The 15th International Research and Philosophy Symposium, Spartanburg, SC. 2018 (October 6-7) .
  • Kent C, Vertebral Subluxation: Semantic Pathology, Epistemic Trespassing, and Ethics. The 15th International Research and Philosophy Symposium, Spartanburg, SC. 2018 (October 67) .
  • Decken, B.; The Restoration Cycle. The 15th International Research and Philosophy Symposium, Spartanburg, SC. 2018 (October 6-7) .
  • Harrington, B.; Transforming Chiropractic Education Through the Use of Technology. The 15th International Research and Philosophy Symposium, Spartanburg, SC. 2018 (October 67) .
  • Kwon, C.; McCoy, M.; and Kent, C. An Advanced Imaging Research Agenda for the Evaluation of Vertebral Subluxation and Clinical Outcomes Related to its Management. The 15th International Research and Philosophy Symposium, Spartanburg, SC. 2018 (October 67) .
  • Donofrio, J.; The Chiropractic Philosophic Principles of Momentum & Survival Value as Self-evident Physiologic Principles of Adaptation and Resilience. The 15th International Research and Philosophy Symposium, Spartanburg, SC. 2018 (October 6-7) .
  • Kent, C.; Heart Rate Variability: Vertebral Subluxation vs. Spinal Manipulation – a Review. The 15th International Research and Philosophy Symposium, Spartanburg, SC. 2018 (October 6-7) .
  • Christopher Kent, An Evidence-Informed Approach to Spinal Radiography in Vertebral Subluxation Centered Chiropractic Practice. Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, August 31, 2017, Pages 142-146.
  • Justin Dick, Sarah Hock, Improved Health Outcomes in a Military Veteran Following Vertebral Subluxation Based Chiropractic Care: A Case Report.Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research, September 7, 2017, Pages 147-151.
  • Christopher Kent, Heart Rate Variability to Assess the Changes in Autonomic Nervous System Function Associated With Vertebral Subluxation. RRNS, 2017, Volume 1, Issue 3 page 14-21,
  • Brian Dooley, DC, John Hart, DC and Joel Alcantara, DC, The quality of life of chiropractic students using the Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System. DC 2017 (ACC-RAC), Washington D.C. .
  • Tate Gentile, Brian Dooley, and Joel Alcantara, The Interpersonal Process of Care Experienced by Patients in a Chiropractic Teaching Clinic. DC 2017 (ACC-RAC), Washington D.C. .
  • Amilliah W. Kenya, John Hart, Charles K. Kenya, Comparison of basic science NBCE scores between tutors and tutees. DC 2017 (ACC-RAC), Washington D.C. .
  • Tate Gentile, Philosophical Reasoning for Objective Neurological indicators in the Care for Children, 14th Annual International Research and Philosophy Symposium, Spartanburg, SC. 2017 .
  • Sarah Hock, Current Research Projects in Conjunction with Interns at a Chiropractic College. 14th Annual International Research and Philosophy Symposium, Spartanburg, SC. 2017 .
  • Christopher Kent. Vertebral Subluxation, Critical Thinking, and Evidence-Informed Practice. 14th Annual International Research and Philosophy Symposium, Spartanburg, SC. 2017 .
  • Bill Decken. What is Radical Science? 14th Annual International Research and Philosophy Symposium, Spartanburg, SC. 2017 .
  • Brian Dooley. Interactive Patient Education. 14th Annual International Research and Philosophy Symposium, Spartanburg, SC. 2017 .
  • Ron Castellucci. Visual Analysis of an Infant with an Anterior Inferior Sacrum: An Observational Study. 14th Annual International Research and Philosophy Symposium, Spartanburg, SC. 2017 .