2021 MTF Research Support Grant Awarded

Posted:Friday, February 25, 2022

Massage Therapy Foundation Awards 2021 Research Support Grant

(Evanston, Ill., February 23, 2022) The Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) announces the award of one Research Support Grant for the 2021 granting cycle of $30,000 to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn., for its project, Mindful Awareness in Body-Oriented Therapy (MABT) for Chronic Pain: An Implementation Science Pilot Study.

This pilot study, with Principal Investigator Kathryn Hansen, ANP-BC, and mentoring from Dr. Cynthia Price, will explore how to successfully implement MABT to reduce symptomatic distress for those in chronic pain. “This represents the first time that MABT will be delivered by massage therapists and has implications in demonstrating ‘real life’ evidence of mind-body treatments for chronic pain. We look forward to learning more from this study,” says MTF President Robin B. Anderson, MEd, LMT, BCTMB, CEAS.

About MTF Research Grants

Since 1993, the Foundation has been funding research in the field of massage therapy to advance the profession. MTF offers research grants to those conducting studies that seek to advance our understanding of specific therapeutic applications of massage, public perceptions of and attitudes toward massage therapy, and the role of massage therapy in health care delivery.

About the Massage Therapy Foundation

The Massage Therapy Foundation is a 501(c)3 public charity supporting scientific research, education, and community service for the massage therapy profession. The Foundation founded and publishes an open-access, peer-reviewed scientific journal and provides educational resources for massage therapists, educators, and students. MTF is an independent organization that promotes international scientific and technical collaboration through grants, resources, training, and services.

For more information contact:
Gini Ohlson, Executive Director, 847.905.1520, gohlson@massagetherapyfoundation.org or

Marla Gamze, Communications/Development Manager, 847.905.1635, mgamze@massagetherapyfoundation.org