Roni Evans, DC, MS, PhD

Director, Integrative Health & Wellbeing Research Program


Office Phone
Office Address

Mayo C504
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Mailing Address

Mayo Memorial Building
MMC 505
420 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States


Director, Integrative Health Research Fellowship Program
Associate Professor, Center for Spirituality & Healing (CSH)


Doctor of Chiropractic, Northwestern Health Sciences University

PhD, Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark

Masters of Science, Clinical Research, University of Minnesota

Bachelor of Arts, English, University of Winnipeg

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Dr. Evans is a clinical research scientist with nearly 30 years of experience leading research teams. Her work has been largely in the area of comparative effectiveness research, investigating non-drug approaches for individuals struggling with pain. Her focus has included manual therapies, exercise, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral strategies, and other complementary and integrative approaches that support self-management. She served on the National Advisory Council for Complementary and Integrative Health and has been an investigator of several randomized clinical trials funded by the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration.

Dr. Evans' current research focuses on facilitating health and wellbeing behaviors with an emphasis on engaging populations too often underrepresented in complementary and integrative health and pain research. She is an active mentor for several pre-doctoral and postdoctoral mentees. Dr. Evans’ loves to spend time outdoors kayaking, hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing. 


Research Summary/Interests

  • Randomized and hybrid effectiveness-implementation trials
  • Community engaged research
  • Self-management behaviors
  • Non-drug treatments
  • Marginalized and minoritized populations
  • Complementary and integrative therapies (mind-body)
  • Biopsychosocial Wellbeing/Whole Person Health
  • Pain management
  • Musculoskeletal pain (low back pain, neck pain, headache)
  • Dissemination and implementation
  • Research training
  • Mindfulness and contemplative practices

Research Funding Grants

  • Reaching Rural Veterans: Applying Mind-Body Skills for Pain Using a Whole Health Telehealth Intervention -RAMP-WH (1UG3NR020929-01 - Burgess, D; Evans, R; Hadlandsmyth, K)
  • Managing Perioperative Pain with Abdominal Laparoscopic Surgery: A Collaborative to Develop, Disseminate, and Evaluate Evidence-Based Practices - M-PALS Collaborative - (Southwell/Butler - U01FD008147-01) – Food and Drug Administration
  • Partners for Pain & Wellbeing Equity: A Randomized Trial of Community Supported Complementary and Integrative Health Self Management for Back Pain (1R61AT012309-01 Evans/Leininger) -- National Institutes of Health Center for Complementary & Integrative Health
  • Spinal Manipulation and Patient Self-Management to Prevent Back Pain Chronicity -- PACBACK (4UH3AT008769, Bronfort) -- National Institutes of Health Center for Complementary & Integrative Health
  • Testing two scalable, Veteran-centric mindfulness-based interventions for chronic musculoskeletal pain: A pragmatic, multisite trial (W81XWH182, Burgess) -- Department of Defense