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MTF announces new editorial leadership

April 18, Evanston, Ill. – After five years with the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (IJTMB) as Practice Section Editor, the Massage Therapy Foundation (MTF) is pleased to announce that Karen Boulanger, PhD, CMT has accepted the position of Editor-in-Chief.  The MTC would also like to welcome Niki Munk, PhD, LMT in her new role as the Practice Section Editor.

April 29, 2013  By Massage Therapy Canada

Karen Boulanger earned her PhD in community and behavioral
health from the University of Iowa in 2012 and has been a nationally certified
massage therapist since 1999. She has served as the Practice Section Editor for
the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
since its inception
in 2008. Dr. Boulanger has also served as a volunteer on several committees for
the Foundation, including the Community Service Grant Proposal Review Committee,
Research Synthesis Workgroup, Writing Workgroup, the Case Report Contest
Committee, and the Scientific Advisory Board for the 2013 International
Massage Therapy Research Conference.
In addition to her office in San Jose,
California, Dr. Boulanger provides care to children and pregnant women at
Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto. She conducts research at
Stanford University to examine the benefits of massage therapy for children.

Niki Munk received her BA from the University of Alabama, her
massage training from the Lexington Healing Arts Academy, and her PhD in
Gerontology from the University of Kentucky.  Dr. Munk has practiced
massage therapy for 12 years, specializing in older adults.  She is
currently holds the position of Research Protocol Manager for the Department of
Family and Community Medicine at the University of Kentucky until June of
2013.  Beginning in August of 2013, she will take on the position of
Assistant Professor of Health Sciences in the School of Rehabilitative Sciences
at Indiana University.  Her research focus has been on the functional
decline in older adults and the role that massage therapy serves in preserving,
maintaining, and improving physical and cognitive functioning across the
lifespan.  Dr. Munk is looking forward to serving as IJTMB’s Practice
Section Editor because it will allow her to stay involved with and mentor
practicing massage therapists who are interested in contributing to building
the evidence base for the profession.


International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
(IJTMB) is an open access,
peer-reviewed publication intended to accommodate the diverse needs of the
rapidly-expanding therapeutic massage and bodywork community. Principal
sections of the journal span the areas of research, education, and clinical
practice. For more information and to subscribe for free, please visit



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