Brent Leininger, DC, MS

Assistant Professor, Center for Spirituality and Healing,

Brent Leininger

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-301-9007

Office Address:
Mayo C504

Mailing Address:
University of Minnesota
MMC 505
420 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Assistant Professor, Center for Spirituality and Healing

Doctor of Chiropractic, Palmer College of Chiropractic

MS, Clinical Research, University of Minnesota

BS, Biology, South Dakota State University


Dr. Leininger is a clinical research fellow interested in comparative and cost-effectiveness analyses of non-pharmacological approaches for the management of musculoskeletal disorders. He is currently supported by a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) postdoctoral fellowship through the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Dr. Leininger’s postdoctoral fellowship is focused on developing skills in clinical research methodology and health economic analyses. His project will determine the cost-effectiveness of spinal manipulation therapy, exercise therapy and home exercise for older adults with chronic neck pain.

Dr. Leininger has participated in study design, enrollment and monitoring of several randomized clinical trials (HRSA #R18HP15124, HRSA #R18HP15127, NIH #R01AT006330) and in the conduct of systematic reviews of the literature. He has also had a role in dissemination and implementation programs developing educational content for online courses aimed at increasing the use of research by complementary and integrative healthcare professionals (R25AT003582).


Research Summary/Interests

  • Musculoskeletal pain (particularly low back pain, neck pain and headache)
  • Complementary and integrative therapies (mind-body)
  • Cost-effectiveness analyses
  • Self-management strategies

Research Funding Grants

Cost effectiveness of spinal manipulation therapy for seniors with neck pain (7F32AT007507, Leininger) -- National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine—Principal Investigator

Mindful Movement for Physical Activity and Wellbeing in Older Adults: A Community Based Randomized Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Study (1R21AT009110-01A1, Evans) -- National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health

Spinal Manipulation and Patient Self-Management to Prevent Back Pain Chronicity -- PACBACK (1UG3AT008769-01A1, Bronfort) -- National Institutes of Health Center for Complementary & Integrative Health