Dr. Haas has been an integral member of the research division at UWS since joining the faculty in 1987. He is now the associate vice president of research at UWS. Dr. Haas also serves as an adjunct associate professor in the neurology department at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Dr. Haas has been either principal investigator or co-investigator on more than 30 extramurally funded grants bringing more than $7 million in research funding to UWS. In 1994, he was a co-investigator on the first federal research grant ever awarded to a chiropractic college.
Dr. Haas has since become the principal investigator (PI) for a number of large federal grants awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (U.S.D.H.H.S.) Health and Resources Services Administration and the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. These collaborative projects with OHSU and other institutions were designed to evaluate pain and disability outcomes and cost-effectiveness of chiropractic and medical treatment for low back pain, a chronic pain self-management program in the elderly, the relationship of the number of the number of chiropractic treatments with health outcomes for low back pain and headaches and care of low back pain in adolescents.
Dr. Haas has also been the PI for two federal grants to develop an evidence-based practice curriculum and training program for UWS students and faculty. He also mentors postdoctoral fellows in the conduct of randomized trials at UWS and OHSU. Dr. Haas has been active in state and national public health associations. He was the founding chair of the Chiropractic Healthcare Section of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and has since served as chair of the APHA Intersection Council, a governing councilor, member of the APHA Executive Board and chair of the APHA Bylaws Committee. He was also the 2007 president of the Oregon Public Health Association (OPHA).
Prior to beginning his chiropractic education in 1983, Mitch spent two years in Nepal with the U.S. Peace Corps. He enjoys hiking, movies, wine tasting, Indian and Western classical music and traveling.