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 is focused on how chiropractic and exercise affect perception and action as well as human performance. Specifically, I study the stability and adaptability of 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 465/565)
Human Functional Anatomy (KNH 244)

Representative Publications

1. Malaya C, Pohlman K, Powell C, Haworth C, Smith DL. Impact of extremity manipulation on postural sway characteristics: a preliminary, randomized cross-over study. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics. 2020 Aug 14.
2. Walsh M, Church C, Hoffmeister A, Smith D, Haworth J. Validation of a Portable Force Plate for Evaluating Postural Sway. Perceptual and Motor Skills. 2020 Jul 28:31512520945092.
3. Smith DL, Haug MJ, Walsh MS. The effect of posture on neck proprioception and head/neck stabilization in asymptomatic participants. Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association. 2019;63(2):100-110.
4. 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.
5. 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.

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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In the News

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.