We have had an amazing few years at the Centre and our research team continues to grow.
Dr Heidi HaavikDirector of Research
Heidi’s research interest lies in exploring how the human central nervous system adapts to its environment, a process known as neural plasticity. Her current line of research explores these central neural effects of chiropractic care and its impact on human function and quality of life.
Kelly’s areas of research interest include falls prevention, neurology, reliability of vertebral subluxation indicators and population health. His PhD focused on the effects of chiropractic care on sensorimotor function and falls risk in older adults.
Dr Imran Khan NiaziLaboratory and Research Partnership Manager/ Senior Research Fellow
Imran’s main research interests focus on the impact of chiropractic care on brain function and brain computer interfaces. In his current role at the Centre for Chiropractic Research, he is investigating the effects of chiropractic care on the central nervous system using EEG and EMG.
Samran NavidResearch Associate
Samran is a PhD student at Aalborg University and a Research Associate at the Centre for Chiropractic Research. His research focuses on the effects of chiropractic care on the brain activity of different patient populations, using electroencephalography (EEG) and brain source localisation techniques.
Dr Tanja GlucinaResearch Operations Manager
Tanja is the Research Operations Manager, a practicing chiropractor and a researcher. Her research focuses on quality of life and outcome measurement research. Tanja will soon be enrolling into a PhD programme to further her studies which will be based on investigating the effects of chiropractic care on quality of life.
Dr Jens DuehrLecturer
Jens research focus is in understanding the effects of chiropractic adjustments on somatosensory processing and muscle strength. He is involved in both research work and lecturing at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic. Jens is also a practicing chiropractor and is currently completing his Masters in Health Science.
Jenna DuehrResearch Assistant
Jenna is a research assistant, a chiropractic intern at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic and a registered nurse. She is currently completing her Masters in Health Science. Her research is investigating the effects of chiropractic care on muscle strength and neuromuscular control in children with cerebral palsy.
Dr Aisha StrandResearch Assistant
Aisha is a chiropractor from Sydney and a Masters student. Her current research is investigating if chiropractic care can change sensory processing in children with autism spectrum disorder. While this research is only in it’s piloting stage, Aisha plans to follow it up with a full scale clinical trial for her PhD.
Dr Alice CadeLecturer
A 2001 graduate from the New Zealand College of Chiropractic, Alice’s research interest is how eye movements are affected by spinal function and how the brain integrates sensorimotor information to effect these changes.
Melanie FreiwaldResearch Assistant
Melanie is a chiropractic intern and a research assistant. She has been involved in the Centre for Chiropractic Research since her early days at the New Zealand College of Chiropractic. Her main responsibilities include assisting with experiments, writing up research proposals, as well as coordinating research projects.