Faculty Profile: Martha Menard

Martha Menard

School: Mind-Body Medicine

Research Profile

Martha Brown Menard, PhD, LMT

Brief Bio: Martha Brown Menard, Ph.D., LMT, is the principal of Sigma Applied Research, a research and evaluation consulting firm. She is the author of Making Sense of Research (Curties-Overzet Publishers, 2009), an introductory textbook on research literacy for healthcare practitioners, now in its second edition. A massage therapy and bodywork practitioner for over 30 years, she has served as adjunct faculty at the University of Virginia and Georgetown University Schools of Medicine. She previously served as vice president for granting operations at the Massage Therapy Foundation, and is a reviewer for the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Dr. Menard has been an invited speaker at national and international conferences related to integrative health care and education, and is the co-chair of the Research Working Group of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care (ACCAHC). One of her current projects is creating a digital open access repository of case reports in integrative health care. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association.

Faculty Member is Qualified to Direct the following Research Methods: Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods; case studies and case reports; participatory action research; clinical research including comparative effectiveness and pragmatic trials.

Personal Research Interests: Research on massage therapy and bodywork, acupuncture and oriental medicine, nonpharmacologic management of chronic pain, symptom management and palliative care in chronic illness; PTSD; and end of life care.

Past Experience Supervising Student Research at: Dr. Menard has served on committees for doctoral dissertations at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, the University of Alberta, George Washington University, and the University of Sydney.

Sample Publications:

Owens, J. and Menard, M. (2011). The quantification of placebo effects within a general model of health care outcomes. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 17 (9), 817-821.
Menard, M. (2011). The role of massage in end of life care: What the research says. Massage Therapy Journal, 50 (4), 99-102.
Menard M. (2009). Making sense of research: A guide to research literacy. Toronto: Curties-Overzet Publishers Inc.
Goertz, C, Menard, M, and Zwickey, H. (2009). Practice-based research networks: Meeting the challenge of reflecting complementary and integrative medicine clinical practice. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 15 (4), 449.
Menard, M, and Piltch, C. (2006). Understanding levels of evidence. Massage Therapy Journal, 45 (1), 151-154.
Menard, M. (2002). Methodological issues in the design and conduct of massage therapy research. In Grant Rich (Ed.) Massage therapy: The evidence for practice. New York: Mosby.

Contact Information: martha@sigmaappliedresearch.com

Curriculum Vitae

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