Research Team

Our staff provides a variety of services including development and implementation of research studies, data collection and entry, communication with massage therapists and educators, and submission of scientific manuscripts based on the data generated in the MassageNet research studies. Collectively, our staff has published a variety of research studies for the massage profession.


Jerrilyn Cambron, LMT, DC, MPH, PhD

Founder, Principal Investigator

Jerrilyn Cambron is a Professor in the Department of Research at the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois and an adjunct Associate Professor in the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Division of the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has taught numerous research-related courses including introduction to research and biostatistics, epidemiology, public health, practice-based research, critical appraisal of the literature, and writing case studies. She has also served as a Principal Investigator on research studies focused on massage therapy and chiropractic care for 20+ years. In addition to her work at the National University of Health Sciences, Jerrilyn maintains collaborations with investigators at various other universities. She has received funding for several research projects from federal agencies such as NIH and HRSA, as well as private foundations such as the Massage Therapy Foundation.

     Jerrilyn is the founder and Principal Investigator of MassageNet and is a strong supporter of massage therapy research in the clinical practice setting. She has been intimately involved with the Massage Therapy Research Consortium and was recently elected as Vice President of the Board of Trustees of the Massage Therapy Foundation. Jerrilyn is passionate about helping therapists understand and apply the research literature in order to improve client care and also helping therapists write case reports about the interesting clients they have treated. She is in attendance at many of the national and local massage therapy conventions and conferences, so please feel free meet up with her and say hi.

Jennifer Dexheimer, BS, LMT

Co-Investigator, Clinical Research Coordinator
Jennifer Dexheimer is the Clinical Research Coordinator in the Department of Research and a lecturer on evidence informed practice in the Massage Program at the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois. She is also a part-time practicing massage therapist. Jennifer has worked in complementary and alternative research for 13 years facilitating studies with students, faculty, and various field practitioners. She has supervised several research studies, including NIH-funded, HRSA funded, foundation funded, and company-sponsored projects. In addition to chiropractic research studies, her previous projects focused in the field of massage therapy include studies on the side effects of massage therapy and changes in blood pressure after therapeutic massage.
     Jennifer has been a massage therapist for the past 12 years and due to her various experiences in research is very passionate about evidence-informed practice. She is very excited about the new interest expressed within the massage field toward research. She hopes to continue to be a part of uniting massage therapists and researchers to learn from one another and develop future studies for the benefit of the profession. Jennifer is in attendance at many of the national and local massage therapy conventions and conferences, so please feel free meet up with her and ask any questions you may have about the network.


Miranda LaBant, BS

Research Assistant

Jennifer Keaton, BS

Research Assistant

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