Roni Evans, DC, MS, PhD

Director, Integrative Health & Wellbeing Research Program
Associate Professor, Center for Spirituality and Healing (CSH)

Roni Evans

Contact Info

evans972@umn.edu

Office Phone 612-301-9004

Office Address:
Mayo C504

Mailing Address:
Mayo Memorial Building, MMC 505
420 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Director, Integrative Health & Wellbeing Research Program
Associate Professor
, Center for Spirituality and Healing (CSH)


Doctor of Chiropractic, Northwestern Health Sciences University

PhD, Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark

Masters of Science, Clinical Research, University of Minnesota

Bachelor of Arts, English, University of Winnipeg

Summary

Dr. Evans is a clinical research scientist with over 25 years of experience leading research teams. Her work has been largely in the area of comparative effectiveness research, investigating non-drug approaches for individuals struggling with musculoskeletal pain, including manual therapies, exercise, self management and other complementary and integrative approaches. Dr. Evans has been an investigator of several randomized clinical trials funded by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (R21AT009110-01A1, RO1AT000707, R18HP10013, R18HP01424, R18HP01425, R18HP10009, R18HP07639, R18HP07638, R18AH10002, R18HP15124).

Dr. Evans' current research focuses on facilitating health and wellbeing behaviors, including physical activity and pain self-management with an emphasis on engaging populations typically underrepresented in complementary and integrative health research. She is currently the principal investigator of a NCCIH funded community based study examining a behavioral based mindfulness intervention for mid to older age adults (R21AT009110-01A1 and R33AT0009110-01A1) She is also the co-investigator responsible for the design and development of integrated supported self-management approach in the PACBACK trial, one of the largest clinical studies of acute low back pain to date (UH3AT008769-02). Dr. Evans is also an active mentor for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students interested in pursuing a research career in complementary and integrative therapies, pain management and healthy behaviors. She currently serves on the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health. 

Research

Research Summary/Interests

  • Self-management strategies 
  • Complementary and integrative therapies (mind-body)
  • Wellbeing 
  • Musculoskeletal pain (low back pain, neck pain, headache)
  • Dissemination and implementation
  • Research training
  • Mindfulness and contemplative practices
  • Community based research
  • Engagement of underrepresented populations
  • Adaptive health behaviors
  • Change 'Wellbeing' to 'Biopsychosocial Wellbeing/Whole Person Health'

Research Funding Grants

Spinal Manipulation and Patient Self-Management to Prevent Back Pain Chronicity -- PACBACK (4UH3AT008769, Bronfort) -- National Institutes of Health Center for Complementary & Integrative Health 

Mindful Movement for Physical Activity and Wellbeing in Older Adults: A Community Based Randomized Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Study (4R33AT0009110, Evans) -- National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health

Mindful Movement for Physical Activity and Wellbeing in Older Adults: A Community Based Randomized Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Study - Administrative Supplement (3R33AT009110-04S1, Evans) -- National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health

Administrative Supplement for Complementary Health Practitioner Research Experience (3R33AT009110-03S1, Evans) -- National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health 

Testing two scalable, Veteran-centric mindfulness-based interventions for chronic musculoskeletal pain: A pragmatic, multisite trial (W81XWH182, Burgess) -- Department of Defense

Publications

Teaching

Courses

CSPH 3001 - Introduction to Integrative Healing

CSPH 5303 Evidence-Based Complementary Approaches for Pain Management