Chris D'Adamo, PhD


Dr. Chris D’Adamo is an epidemiologist with expertise in the effects of a wide variety of non-pharmacological therapies on human health and wellness.
He received his PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and is currently an assistant -professor with dual appointments in the Center for Integrative Medicine within the Department of Family & Community Medicine as well as in the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health.

Dr. D’Adamo serves as the director of research at the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine and also holds adjunct faculty positions in the multi-campus Gerontology Doctoral Program of the University of Maryland and at Maryland University of Integrative Health, where he was involved in the creation of the Nutrition and Integrative Health graduate program.

Dr. D’Adamo has served as Principal Investigator on numerous observational and interventional studies of non-pharmacological therapies. These studies have included clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of nutritional supplements in promoting overall health and wellness, exercise as a treatment for chronic disease, nutrition education, physical activity, and mind-body medicine programs in underserved urban communities, and a large outcomes evaluation conducted across a national practice-based research network of integrative medicine clinics. He has also served as Principal Investigator on observational studies evaluating the relationship between micronutrients and markers of healthy aging as well as cutting-edge studies in the burgeoning field of nutritional genetics.

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In summary, Dr. D’Adamo’s experience in non-pharmacological research has cut across the entire lifespan from children to older adults and has extended from the bench, to the bedside, and beyond into community settings and within schools, hospitals, and other institutions of public health influence.

Dr. D’Adamo has published his findings in peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals including Clinical Nutrition, Nutrition Research, American Journal of Health Promotion, Nutrients, Journal of Nutrition, Aging, and Health, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences, and American Journal of Preventive Medicine, among many others. His work has also been featured in USA Today, Men’s Health, SHAPE Magazine, Food Network, Dr. Oz, and many other popular media outlets.

While Dr. D’Adamo offers expertise across a variety of health conditions, he has extensive experience in the area of non-pharmacological therapies for pain. He has contributed medical textbook chapters to the 6th and 7th editions of Rheumatology and the 5th edition of Practical Management of Pain and gives invited presentations around the world on the topic of nutrition, exercise, and other non-pharmacological treatments of pain.

In addition to his academic positions, Dr. D’Adamo serves as senior program advisor to the Institute for Integrative Health, a Baltimore-based non-profit with a focus on community health. In this and other capacities he lectures extensively on the topics of nutrition, herbal medicine, and other non-pharmacological therapies to both the medical community and general public.


Brian Jackson, LAc


Brian is nationally certified as a Diplomate in Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

He received his Master's degree in acupuncture and tuina (MS) from the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and completed his residency training at the Jiangsu Provincial Hospital of Chinese Medicine.

He holds an acupuncture license in both the state of Maryland and New York and has been practicing acupuncture, tuina, and herbal medicine in the Baltimore area for the last several years.

He also serves as the team physio for the US national cricket teams. Brian's research interests include post-stroke rehabilitation and understanding the physiochemical response within the spinal cord during acupuncture.


JW Rone


Dr. Michelle Pearce is an assistant professor at the Center for Integrative Medicine within the Department of Family and Community Medicine in the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

She is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Center.

She is a clinical psychologist, licensed to practice in Maryland, and specializes in behavioral medicine and spirituality and health.

Dr. Pearce received her PhD from Yale University, after completing an internship in medical psychology at Duke University Medical Center. She then completed two post-doctoral fellowships at Duke University Medical Center, one in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and one with the Center for Spirituality, Theology, and Health.