Christopher A. Moyer, Ph.D.
Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, December 2007.
M.A. in Counseling Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, May 2003.
B.A. in Psychology, Magna cum Laude, Colby-Sawyer College, NH, May 1999.
I am a psychological scientist who uses a variety of methods (e.g., meta-analysis, clinical trials, psychophysiological and neuroscientific laboratory assessments, survey construction and administration, et al.), combined with and informed by clinical training and experience, to study when, for whom, and by what mechanisms massage therapy, the manual manipulation of soft tissue intended to promote health, wellness, and performance, can be beneficial. In addition to this main focus, I am also interested in studying other modalities, such as meditation, that involve self-regulation, both for their own sake and as a way to broaden my perspective for understanding massage therapy as an intervention.
Thomason, M. J., & Moyer, C. A. (2012). Massage therapy for Lyme disease symptoms: A prospective case study. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork: Research, Education, & Practice, 5(4), 9-14.
Moyer, C. A., Donnelly, M. P. W., Anderson, J. C., Valek, K. C., Huckaby, S. J., Wiederholt, D. A., Doty, R. L., Rehlinger, A. S., & Rice, B. L. (2011). Frontal electroencephelographic asymmetry associated with positive emotion is produced by very brief meditation training. Psychological Science, 22, 1277-1279.
Moyer, C. A., Dryden T., & Shipwright S. (2009). Directions and dilemmas in massage therapy research: A workshop report from the 2009 North American research conference on complementary and integrative medicine. International Journal of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork: Research, Education, & Practice, 2(2), 15-27.
Moyer, C. A. (2009). Between-groups study designs demand between-groups analyses: A response to Hernandez-Reif, Shor-Posner, Baez, Soto, Mendoza, Castillo, Quintero, Perez, and Zhang. Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 6, 49-50.