Roni Evans, DC, PhD, MS

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

Roni Evans

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-301-9004

Office Address:
Mayo B203-2

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

Associate Professor, Integrative Health & Wellbeing Research Program, 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


Dr. Evans is a clinical research scientist with nearly 20 years of experience leading research teams. Her work has been largely in the area of comparative effectiveness research, investigating conservative treatments for individuals struggling with musculoskeletal pain, including manual therapies, exercise, self management and complementary and integrative approaches. Dr. Evans has been an investigator of several randomized clinical trials funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (RO1AT000707, R18HP10013, R18HP01424, R18HP01425, R18HP10009, R18HP07639, R18HP07638, R18AH10002, R18HP15124). She has also had a keen interest in exploring patients’ pain-related perceptions, expectations, and what it means to be ‘well’ using mixed methods designs (qualitative and quantitative).

Since 2007, Dr. Evans has also been very active in promoting the dissemination and implementation of research in clinical practice. She is principal investigator of a Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Research Education Partnership Project (R25 AT003582) a collaborative effort between the Center for Spirituality & Healing and Northwestern Health Sciences University. The purpose of that project is to develop educational resources and strategies to influence practitioners’ attitudes and uptake related to research, and develop their skills in efficiently finding, appraising and applying scientific evidence to clinical practice. Dr. Evans is also co-investigator of the Dissemination of Evidence-Based Practice Education to Chiropractic Providers (1R21AT007547) with the University of Pittsburgh.


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

Research projects

  •  Dissemination of evidence-based practice education to chiropractic providers (1R21AT007547, Schneider) National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine
  • Dose-Response of Manipulation for Cervicogenic Headache (1R01AT006330, Haas, Bronfort) National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine
  • CAM Research Education Partnership Project (2R25AT003582, Evans)  National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine


  • Evans R, Vihstadt C, Westrom K, Baldwin L. Complementary and Integrative Healthcare in a Long-term Care Facility: A Pilot Project. Global Advances in Health and Medicine, 2015 Jan;4(1):18-27
  • Maiers M, Vihstadt C, Hanson L, Evans R. Perceived value of spinal manipulative therapy and exercise among seniors with chronic neck pain: A mixed methods study. J Rehabil Med, 2014 Nov;46(10):1022-8.
  • Michaleff ZA, Kamper SJ, Maher CG, Evans R, Broderick C, Henschke N. Low back pain in children and adolescents: a systematic review and meta-analysis evaluating the effectiveness of conservative interventions. Eur Spine J. 2014 Oct;23(10):2046-58.
  • Leininger BD, Evans R, Bronfort G. Exploring Patient Satisfaction: A Secondary Analysis of a Randomized Clinical Trial of Spinal Manipulation, Home Exercise and Medication for Acute and Subacute Neck Pain. J Manipulative Ther. 2014 Oct;37(8)593-601.
  • Bronfort G, Hondras MA, Schulz CA, Evans RL, Long CR, Grimm R. Spinal manipulation and home exercise with advice for subacute and chronic back-related leg pain; a trial with adaptive allocation. Ann Intern Med. 2014 Sep;161(6): 381-91.
  • Maiers M, Bronfort G, Evans R, Hartvigsen J, Svendsen K, Bracha Y, Schulz C, Schulz K, Grimm R. Spinal Manipulative Therapy and Exercise for Seniors with Chronic Neck Pain. Spine J. 2014 Sep 1;14(9):1879-89.
  • Long CR, Ackerman DL, Hammerschlag R, Delagran L, Peterson DH, Berlin M, Evans RL. Faculty Development Initiatives to Advance Research Literacy and Evidence-Based Practice at CAM Academic Institutions. J Altern Complement Med. 2014 Jul;20(7):563-70
  • Schulz C, Leininger B, Evans R, Vavrek D, Peterson D, Haas M, Bronfort G. Spinal manipulation and exercise for low back pain in adolescents: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies. May 23, 2014;22:21.
  • Evans R, Bronfort G, Maiers M, Schulz C, Hartvigsen J. “I know it’s changed”: a mixed-methods study of the meaning of Global Perceived Effect in chronic neck pain patients. Eur Spine J. 2014 Apr;23(4): 888-97.
  • Maiers M, Bronfort G, Evans R, Hartvigsen J, Svendsen K, Bracha Y, Schulz C, Schulz K, Grimm R. Spinal Manipulative Therapy and Exercise for Seniors with Chronic Neck Pain. Spine J. 2014 Sep 1;14(9):1879-89.
  • Haanstra TM, Hanson L, Evans R, van Nes FA, de Vet HC, Cuijpers P, and Ostelo RW. How do low back pain patients conceptualize their expectations regarding treatment? Content analysis of interviews. Eur Spine J. 2013 Sep;22(9):1986-95.
  • Bronfort G, Haas M, Evans R, Kawchuk G, and Dagenais S. Spinal Manipulation and Mobilization. Duncan, L., White, K., and Watrous, J. Evidence-Based Management of Low Back Pain. 2012;(17):229-247. St. Louis, MO, Elsevier Mosby.
  • Evans R, Maiers M, Delagran L, Kreitzer MJ, and Sierpina V. Evidence informed practice as the catalyst for culture change in CAM. Explore.(NY) 2012;8(1):68-72.
  • Bronfort G, Evans R, Anderson AV, Svendsen KH, Bracha Y, and Grimm RH. Spinal manipulation, medication, or home exercise with advice for acute and subacute neck pain: a randomized trial. Ann.Intern.Med 2012;156(1 Pt 1):1-10.
  • Evans R, Bronfort G, Schulz C, Maiers M, Bracha Y, Svendsen K, Grimm R, Jr., Garvey T, and Transfeldt E. Supervised Exercise with and Without Spinal Manipulation Perform Similarly and Better Than Home Exercise for Chronic Neck Pain: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Spine (Phila Pa 1976.) 2012 May 15;37(11):903-914.31.
  • Schulz CA, Hondras MA, Evans RL, Gudavalli MR, Long CR, Owens EF, Wilder DG, and Bronfort G. Chiropractic and self-care for back-related leg pain: design of a randomized clinical trial. Chiropr Man.Therap. 2011;19:8.
  • Taylor B, Delagran L, Baldwin L, Hanson L, Leininger B, Vihstadt C, Evans R, Kreitzer MJ, and Sierpina V. Advancing integration through evidence informed practice: Northwestern Health Sciences University's integrated educational model. Explore.(NY) 2011;7(6):396-400.
  • Evans R, Delagran L, Maiers M, Kreitzer MJ, and Sierpina V. Advancing Evidence Informed Practice Through Faculty Development: The Northwestern Health Sciences University Model. Explore.(NY) 2011;7(4):265-268.
  • Bronfort G, Maiers MJ, Evans RL, Schulz CA, Bracha Y, Svendsen KH, Grimm RH Jr, Owens EF Jr, Garvey TA, Transfeldt EE. Supervised exercise, spinal manipulation, and home exercise for chronic low back pain: a randomized clinical trial. Spine J. 2011 Jul;11(7):585-98. Epub 2011 May 31.
  • Leininger B, Bronfort G, Evans R, Reiter T. Spinal manipulation or mobilization for radiculopathy: a systematic review. Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America. 2011 Feb;22(1):105-125.
  • Bronfort G, Haas M, Evans R, Leininger B, Triano J. Effectiveness of Manual Therapies: The UK Evidence Report. Journal of Chiropractic and Osteopathy Feb 2010;18(3).
  • Westrom K, Maiers M, Evans R, Bronfort G. Individualized chiropractic and integrative care for low back pain: the design of a randomized clinical trial using a mixed-methods approach. Trials 2010 Mar 8;11(1):24.