By Cassie LaJeunesse
The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) has selected Dana Lawrence, DC, MMedEd, MA, to serve as its representative on the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) Board of Directors.
Dr. Lawrence will join 12 other representatives nominated or elected from each of WFC’s seven world regions. He replaces Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD, who steps down from the WFC board on May 5 to focus on her new role as ACA President.
Dr. Lawrence is associate provost of education and research at Parker University, where he is also director of the Quality Enhancement Plan. He previously served as senior director for the Center for Teaching and Learning and interim senior director for continuing education and events at Palmer College of Chiropractic, where he was also a member of the research department.
“Dr. Lawrence offers an impressive variety and depth of experience through his achievements in academia and research and has a strong record of successful professional collaboration. We are confident that he will make a positive impact as ACA’s representative on the WFC board,” said Dr. Maiers.
WFC President, Dr Carlos Ayres, added, “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Lawrence to the Board. He brings a wealth of experience and critical skill sets as we pursue our mission and vision. We know him to be a strong advocate for the WFC’s #BeEPIC campaign and look forward to benefiting from his wisdom and expertise.”
An ACA member since 1980, Dr. Lawrence serves as chair of the ACA Editorial Review Advisory Board and vice chair of ACA’s Ethics Committee. He has received two Presidential Leadership Awards from ACA and was named the ACA Academician of the Year in 2013.
Dr. Lawrence is currently editor for the Journal of Contemporary Chiropractic and has served as editor for several scientific journals within the chiropractic profession. He serves on more than 20 editorial boards and acts as associate editor for several. He has also published several textbooks, including Fundamentals of Chiropractic Diagnosis and Management.
Formerly a member of the Ad Hoc Committee for the Office of Alternative Medicine, he also became the first chiropractor to be a member of the Alternative Medicine Program Advisory Council of the OAM and the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. In 1998, the Foundation for Chiropractic Research and Education named him Researcher of the Year.
Of his appointment, Dr. Lawrence said, “I am well beyond grateful to have this opportunity to serve. I sincerely hope I live up to the trust that the WFC and ACA have placed in me as we move forward, and I am eager and excited to play a role.”