Villanueva-russell-yvonne Yvonne Villanueva-Russell, Ph.D., was recently named Layperson of the Year by Sherman College of Chiropractic in appreciation of her outstanding contributions, time and commitment to the chiropractic profession, the public and the college. The award was presented May 28 in Spartanburg, SC, as part of the college’s annual homecoming program.

The Lay Person of the Year Award is given to non-chiropractors who have contributed to the advancement of Sherman College and the chiropractic profession in a significant and noteworthy manner. Dr. Villanueva-Russell, an associate professor and department head at Texas A&M University-Commerce, has focused her research on the professionalization of alternative medicine and the politics of science. She is essentially interested in the dilemma within chiropractic that seeks to gain legitimacy in mainstream medicine while striving to maintain its philosophical roots. Her research has analyzed the role of science, the media and professional identity in this process.

Dr. Villanueva-Russell has been the recipient of the Paul W. Barrus Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching (2004) and was named Honors Professor of the Year (2005) both at Texas A&M University-Commerce. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, where she completed a dissertation titled, “On the Margins of the System of Professions: Professionalism and Entrepreneurialism in As Forces Upon and Within Chiropractic.” Dr. Villanueva-Russell completed a National Institutes of Health Predoctoral Fellowship at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH. She holds M.A. and B.A. degrees in sociology from Western Illinois University.

She has authored several publications including:  “Chiropractors as Folk Devils: Published and Unpublished Coverage of a Moral Panic;” “An Ideal-Typical Development of Chiropractic, 1895-1961: Pursuing Professional Ends Through Entrepreneurial Means;” “Early Advertising and Practice Building in Chiropractic: 1920-1950;”  “Evidence-Based Medicine and Its Implications for the Profession of Chiropractic;” and “The AMA versus Chiropractic: Themes of Opposition From 1963 to 1974.” 

Sherman College named its 2010 award recipients May 27-29 as part of its Lyceum, an annual continuing education and homecoming event which is attended by hundreds of chiropractors throughout the U.S. and internationally. Lyceum is held on the college’s campus in Spartanburg, SC, and involves three days of seminars, special events and other programs.

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For more information, please contact:
Karen Rhodes, Director of Public Relations
Sherman College of Chiropractic
P.O. Box 1452 / 2020 Springfield Road
Spartanburg, S.C. 29304
Telephone: 800-849-8771, ext. 242