Contact Us About Research
The RISI Research Committee supports and guides Rolfing Structural Integration research. The Committee actively solicits contributions for research into structural integration through the RISI donation page. The Committee focuses on research literacy of its graduates by including research in its curriculum. We also solicit and evaluate research proposals for possible financial support through the RISI.
The RISI has set up the RISI Research Committee for the purpose of conducting basic and applied research,. The Committee reviews research proposals and solicits donations to support meritorious research projects. We greatly appreciate your tax-deductible donations and your research proposals!
Contact Us for:
- Inquiries about submitting research proposals
- Financial Contribution to Research (or visit our donation page)
- Notices of the latest research news, information, and activities.
- Research Information on Rolfing Structural Integration
- Resources for MS and PhD Candidates Interested in Research
- Journalist Inquiries about Research
Contact Mary Starich, Chair for more information.
Current Research Focus
The RISI Research Committee is currently funding research being done by Eric Jacobson in collaboration with Harvard Medical School on Structural Integration for Chrnic Low Back Pain.
Valerie Berg, BS, Rolf Institute Faculty, Certified Advanced Rolfer and Rolf Movement® Practitioner
Valerie Berg graduated from the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in 1988 and received her Advanced Rolfer Certification in 2000. She has maintained a large practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico since 1988. For five of those years, she practiced in Guatemala during a war in which inspired her to be trained in working with trauma through Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing. She received her Bachelors in Education and Dance from UNM and went on to teach English for a brief period. She is now Rolf Movement trained and a member of the Basic Faculty for the Rolf Institute. She has been Chair of the Board and helped re-establish the Research mission for the RISI at that time. She continues on in her interest in being the liaison to the Faculty and Curriculum for Research with the RISI.
Richard Ennis, MS, Rolf Institute® Board, Certified Rolfer™
Rich Ennis is a Certified Rolfer and graduate of the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration®. Rich Ennis is also on the Board of Directors at the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration. Rich studied at the University of Illinois and has degrees in Biology, Biochemistry and Developmental Biology. Prior to becoming a Rolfer™, Rich was a Senior Research Scientist and Global Project Manager at Gilead Sciences, focused on antiretroviral therapies. Rich was also the founder of Pharmaceutical Consulting Services, which he operated for 10 years. Rich now operates a private practice in Menlo Park, California and Whidbey Island, Washington.
Stephen Evanko, PhD, Certified Advanced Rolfer™
Steve is a Staff Scientist, Benaroya Research Institute, Seattle, WA. Steve has degrees in Biology from the University of New Mexico and graduated from the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration in 1998. His research interests over 28 years have included mechanobiology, extracellular matrix and inflammation, and mechanisms of fibrosis. Steve also served on the Ida P. Rolf Research Foundation Science Advisory Council and has a private Rolfing®
practice in Seattle, WA.
Eric Jacobson, PhD, Certified Advanced Rolfer
Eric Jacobson, Ph.D., M.P.H., is a research scientist who investigates alternative medicine at Harvard Medical School. He recently completed an NIH funded pilot clinical trial of Structural Integration as an adjunct to outpatient rehabilitation for chronic low back pain. Prior to this he worked on studies of the placebo effect and diagnostic reasoning acupuncture. His dissertation research investigated the experiences and traditional treatments of psychiatric illnesses among Tibetan refugees in northern India. Jacobson was trained by Ida Rolf in 1974 and has had a private practice of Structural Integration since then.
Paula Stall, Ph.D., Certified Rolfer, Rolf Movement Practitioner
Paula Stall - Psychologist, PhD in Neurology from Faculty of Medicine of the University of São Paulo, Certified Rolfer and graduate of the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration. With 9 years in research experience, Paula is a specialist in psychosomatic and anthroposophy. Paula has been operating for 14 years in private practice in São Paulo, Brazil.
Mary Starich, PhD, Certified Advanced Rolfer, Chair
Mary Starich graduated from the Rolf Institute® of Structural Integration in 2001 and received her Advanced Rolfing® Certification in 2007. She has maintained a private bodywork practice in Silver Spring, MD since 2001. Prior to becoming a bodyworker, Mary completed her B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin and her Ph.D. in structural biophysics from the University of Maryland-Baltimore. She worked in basic science research and facilities management at the National Institutes of health for 15 years, focusing on three-dimensional protein and DNA structure determination until shifting to a full-time bodywork practice.
Marie Terrill, BA, Certified Rolfer, Secretary
Marie Terrill is Certified Rolfer™ and graduate of the Rolf Institute of Structural Integration®, with a small private practice in Eugene, Oregon. Marie studied Molecular Biology at The Evergreen State College and also has 10 years experience in the field of Neuroscience, with a specific focus on epilepsy and epilepsy research. In addition, Marie has had an ongoing interest in the therapeutic aspects of movement and dance, and has 10 years experience as a yoga practitioner.