Dean Smith

Dean SmithClinical Professor

26E Phillips Hall

Ph.D., Miami University
M.S., Miami University
DC, National College of Chiropractic
BSc, National College of Chiropractic

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

My research interests lie broadly in the area of human movement and coordination. I am most interested in how chiropractic, exercise and rehabilitation affect human performance. Specifically, I study the stability and adaptability of these motor control patterns and the factors that impact on that stability such as clinical intervention (e.g. chiropractic adjustments). My long-term goals are to develop and validate biomechanical measures that can be used to quickly assess the stability and efficiency of goal-directed movements along with interventions to maximize these functions and prevent injury.

Courses Taught at Miami

Motor Skills and Motor Learning (KNH 184)
Musculoskeletal Disorders and Corrective Exercise (KNH 453/553)
Exercise and Health (KNH 188)
Human Functional Anatomy (KNH 244)

Representative Publications

1.DeVocht JW, Vining R, Smith DL, Long C, Jones T, Goertz CJT. Effect of chiropractic manipulative therapy on reaction time in special operations forces military personnel: a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2019;20(1):5.
2. Smith DL, Claytor RP. An acute bout of aerobic exercise reduces movement time in a Fitts’ task. PLoS One. 2018 Dec 31;13(12):e0210195. 
3. DeVocht JW, Smith DL, Long CR, Corber L, Kane B, Jones TM, Goertz CM. The effect of chiropractic treatment on the reaction and response times of special operation forces military personnel: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2016 Sep 20;17(1):457.
4. Cramer GD, Smith DL. Correctly identify practitioners and put adverse events of spinal manipulation into perspective. Orthopedic Reviews. 2014; 6(5248):20.
5. Potteiger JA, Smith DL, Maier ML, Foster TS. Relationship Between Body Composition, Leg Strength, Anaerobic Power, and On-Ice Skating Performance in Division I Men's Hockey Athletes. J Strength Cond Res. 2010 Jul;24(7):1755-62.

Chiropractic Science Podcast

Listen to Dr. Dean Smith interview leading chiropractic scientists discuss their research. Chiropractic Science gets the word out about chiropractic research. Chiropractors, patients and the public will learn about chiropractic research from the experts who are doing the research. You'll get the information in plain English, not through the media, nor a middleman. The podcast is also intended to motivate and assist the chiropractor and student to pursue research careers in chiropractic science!


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Chiropractic Research Today - With Dr. Dean Smith

In this podcast episode, we talk with Dr. Dean Smith about his most recent work, some of the most common misconceptions still surrounding chiropractic care, and about the untapped potential this field may ultimately hold.

Dean Smith is an exercise science specialist, a senior clinical faculty member at Miami University, and the latest recipient of the American Chiropractic Association’s 2018 Researcher of the Year Award. Alongside his award-winning research, Smith also hosts a podcast called Chiropractic Science, where he discusses new trends and findings with other leading researchers.