Faculty Profile: Martha Menard

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Martha Menard

Brief Bio: Martha Brown Menard PhD, LMT, is the director of the Crocker Institute, where she uses program evaluation as an approach for helping nonprofit organizations, businesses, and institutions assess their outcomes and impact. In addition to her consulting work, she develops and manages CaseRe3, an open access repository of case reports in integrative health care, and teaches courses on critical evaluation of health care research. Dr. Menard is the author of Making Sense of Research, a textbook on research literacy used in many graduate and professional training programs. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association, the Canadian Interdisciplinary Network for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research (IN-CAM), and the Society for Integrative Oncology. In addition, she is the co-chair of the Research Working Group for the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care and a member of the steering committee for the Pain Action Alliance to Implement A National Strategy (PAINS).

Dr. Menard has been a licensed massage therapist for over 30 years, providing symptom management for clients in a variety of clinical areas including hospice, oncology, pain management, and trauma recovery, as well as massage therapy to promote wellness and personal growth. Her areas of research interest include palliative care, PTSD, and interprofessional education and practice. She is a columnist for the professional journal of the American Massage Therapy Association, a member of the editorial board for the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, and an editor for Global Advances in Health and Medicine.

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:
Menard, M. (2014). Choose wisely: the quality of massage education in the United States. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, 7(3):7-24.
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: mbmenard@crockerinstitute.org

Curriculum Vitae

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