Brent Leininger, DC, MS

Assistant Professor, Integrative Health and Wellbeing Research Program,

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, Integrative Health and Wellbeing Research Program

Doctor of Chiropractic, Palmer College of Chiropractic

MS, Clinical Research, University of Minnesota

BS, Biology, South Dakota State University


Dr. Leininger is an Assistant Professor in the Integrative Health & Wellbeing Research Program at the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing at the University of Minnesota. He is a past recipient of a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) postdoctoral fellowship (F32) and is currently supported by a K01 career development award through the NIH’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). His research focuses on the clinical and cost-effectiveness of non-pharmacological approaches for the management of musculoskeletal pain. In addition to performing economic evaluations, he has been involved in the design, implementation, analysis, and reporting of numerous clinical trials and systematic reviews investigating the impact of integrative therapies on health among a variety of populations. 


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 (4R33AT0009110, Evans) -- National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health

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