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Faculty180 – Vita and Individual Profile Data Sheet

Reed Phillips, DC, PhD

Fall 1980 - Fall 2120

Visiting Professor

SCU Health - Clinical and Health Services Research


Current Position

  • Position: Associated Faculty


Following ten years in private practice in Salt Lake City, Dr. Phillips served as Director of Research at the Foundation for Chiropractic Education and Research then at Los Angeles College of Chiropractic where he then served as President in 1990 – 2008. Dr. Phillips has over 60 book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed publications. He has been a member of the WFC Research Council since it was formed in 1988.

Dr. Reed Phillips received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the National College of Chiropractic in Chicago in 1973 and his Diplomate from the American Board of Chiropractic Radiology in 1976. He subsequently obtained an MSc in Community Medicine and a PhD in Sociology from the School of Medicine, University of Utah.



Ph.D., Medical Sociology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States


M.Sc., Community Medicine, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

In Progress

B.Sc., Biology, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

D.C., Chiropractic, National College of Chiropractic, Utah, United States

Scholarly Contributions and Creative Productions

Journal Article


Chapman-Smith, D.; Phillips, R. The Chiropractic Profession’s Man for All Seasons - Louis Sportelli, DC.. Chiropractic History 2022, 42, 35–59.
Phillips, R.; Green, B.; Jacobs, G. Chiropractic Management of a Persistent Headache. J. Chiropractic Med. 2013, 12, 281–287.
Phillips, R.; Whedon, J.; Davis, M. Implications and Limitations of Appropriateness Studies for Chiropractic. Journal of Chiropractic Humanities 2010.
Phillips, R.; Benjamin, P.; Warren, D.; Salveson, C.; Hammerschlag, R.; Snider, P.; Haas, M.; Barrett, R.; Chapman, T.; Kaneko, R.; Martin, M.; Myer, S.; Nedrow, A.; Niemiec, C.; O’bryon, D.; Ochoa, S.; Peterson, D.; Weeks, J. Response to a Proposal for an Integrative Medicine Curriculum. 2007, 13, 1021–1033.
Phillips, R. Maturation of Chiropractic Education. Editorial from the Editor-in-Chief. Journal of Chiropractic Education 2006, 20, v – vi.
Phillips, R. Chiropractic: A Specialty with Limitations? . J. Canadian Chiro. Assoc. 2005, 248–251.

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One of the great things about SCU is we do have a campus layout, so all your classes aren't in a single room. We have our cadaver lab. We have different specialty rooms for physical assessment classes vs. acupuncture classes. All our acupuncture-specific classes have all the herbs in the room. You can pull out the herbs and look at them, whether in class or in between classes to get that extra studying in.

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