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Michael Schneider practiced as a Doctor of Chiropractic for over 25 years before becoming a fulltime academic researcher and professor at Pitt and now director of the Doctor of Chiropractic program. He received his PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008 and a Certificate in Clinical Research from the Institute for Clinical Research Education in 2009. He has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications.  

Schneider brings existing NIH funding to the Doctor of Chiropractic program to lead chiropractic research and oversee postdoctoral researchers. Schneider has a strong record of NIH funding from the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and the Patient Centered Outcomes and Research Institute (PCORI) as both principal investigator and co-investigator. 

Schneider has taught post-graduate chiropractic continuing education courses for over 25 years. Over the past six years, he has co-led the Pitt Primary Spine Practitioner certificate program that brings together physical therapists and chiropractors from around the country, Europe and the Middle East to train as first-contact providers for patients with spinal problems.  

Schneider has received both the Presidential Award and Researcher of the Year Award from the American Chiropractic Association. He also received the Distinguished Service Award from American Public Health Association, Chiropractic Health Care Section. 


Department of Community Health Services and Rehabilitation Science


Doctor of Chiropractic

Representative Publications

Research Interests

Research Interests:

  • Comparing the effectiveness of non-surgical and non-pharmacological treatments for back and neck pain
  • Exploring the biomechanical mechanisms underlying spinal manipulation

Ongoing Projects:

  • Spinal Manipulation and Patient Self-Management to Prevent Back Pain Chronicity (PACBACK)