Niki Munk, PhD, LMT
Education & Training
- Doctor of Philosophy in Gerontology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2011
- Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2009
- 600 Hour Certificate in Massage Therapy, Lexington Healing Arts Academy, Lexington, KY, 2002
- Bachelor of Arts in Theatre, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, 1998
Research & Clinical Interests
- Massage integration into usual, primary, and/or rehabilitative care across the lifecourse
- Massage therapy for chronic pain, specifically musculoskeletal pain and phantom limb
- Research literacy in massage therapy practice and education, evidence-based practice and practice-based/informed evidence
- Trigger point therapy
- Non-practitioner applied therapeutic massage
- Treatment theory development and experimental design for practitioner applied interventions
- W660—Rehabilitation Theories and Applications
- W220—Aging and the Older Adult
- W370—Psychosocial Aspects of Aging
- Guest Lecturer for Physical Therapy Department—Trigger Point Therapy
- Guest Lecturer for the Physician Assistance Program—Massage Therapy and Gerontology Seminars
- Intersection of massage practice and research: Community massage therapists as research personnel on an NIH-funded effectiveness study. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork, 7(2), 10-19.
- Massage effectiveness for primary care patients with chronic low back pain and below normal SF-36v2 mental health scores: Secondary analysis. P02.29. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
- A pragmatic-explanatory continuum indicator summary (PRECIS) examination of a recent study of massage and relaxation therapy effecitveness. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine.
- Case Reports: A Meaningful Way for Massage Practice to Inform Research and Education. Editorial. IJTMB.
- Noninvasively Measuring the Hemodynamic Effects of Massage on Skeletal Muscle: A Novel Hybrid
- Near-Infrared Diffuse Optical Instrument. Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies.
- Massage therapy usage and health outcomes in older adults reporting persistent pain. Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.
- Relationship between massage therapy usage and health outcomes in older adults. Journal of Bodywork & Movement Therapies.
- Integrating the International Classification of Function (ICF) model in massage therapy research, education, and practice. IJTMB.
- Bennett, K., McElroy, J., Johnson, A., Munk, N., Everett, K. (in press). A Persistent Disparity: Smoking in Rural Sexual and Gender Minorities. LGBT Health.
- Elder, W.G. & Munk, N. (in press). Identifying pragmatic characteristics: Application of PRECIS criteria to an innovative PBRN study of health-related outcomes for chronic low back pain patients receiving alternative therapies. For submission to the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.
- Munk, N. Boulanger, K. (2014). Adaptation of the CARE Guidelines for therapeutic massage and bodywork publications: Efforts to improve the impact of case reports. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, 7(3), 32 – 40.
- Zanjani, F., Davis, T., Newsham, T., Newsham, P., Munk, N., Schoenberg, N., & Martin, C. (2014). Management of psychiatric appointments by telephone. Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare. Printed ahead online. DOI: 10.1177/1357633X14545435.