Thomas W. McAllister, M.D., is the Albert Eugene Sterne Professor and Chairman, Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. He was previously Millennium Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology, Director of the Section of Neuropsychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School, and Vice Chair for Neuroscience Research for the Department of Psychiatry. He is a past president of the American Neuropsychiatric Association. Dr. McAllister received his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College, and his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School. He served on the faculties of the University of Kentucky, and the University of Pennsylvania before returning to Dartmouth Medical School in 1990.
Dr. McAllister has been working in the field of brain injury recovery for over 25 years. He has written widely on the neuropsychiatric sequelae of TBI, and is the principal investigator of several grants from NIH, the CDC, NOCSAE, and the Department of Defense (DoD), exploring the nature of cognitive and behavioral difficulties following mild and moderate TBI. With Drs. Jon Silver and Stuart Yudofsky he is a co-editor of the Textbook of Traumatic Brain Injury published by American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. Recent research has focused on characterizing the biomechanical basis of concussion, and the effects of repetitive head impacts on brain structure and function in contact sport athletes.
Michael McCrea, PhD, ABPP is Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology and Director of Brain Injury Research at the Medical College of Wisconsin, and a research neuropsychologist at the Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is ABCN board-certified in clinical neuropsychology and is the past President of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology (AACN). Dr. McCrea has been an active researcher in the neurosciences, with numerous scientific publications, book chapters, and national and international lectures on the topic of traumatic brain injury. Dr. McCrea has led several large, multi-center studies on the effects of traumatic brain injury and sport-related concussion. Dr. McCrea has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on the acute and chronic effects of concussion, and he authored the text Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Postconcussion Syndrome: The New Evidence Base for Diagnosis and Treatment published by Oxford University Press. He currently serves on the National Football League (NFL) Head, Neck and Spine Committee and as a neuropsychology consultant for the Green Bay Packers, and served as a panelist on the 2008 and 2012 Zurich International Consensus Conference on Sports Concussion.
Steven Broglio PhD, ATC is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan in the School of Kinesiology and Departments of Neurology and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. He is also Director of the NeuroSport Research Laboratory and member of the University of Michigan Injury Center. Dr. Broglio is a Certified Athletic Trainer who received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2000, his Master’s Degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2002, and his Doctorate from the University of Georgia in 2006. His first faculty position was in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health at the University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign from 2006 to 2011.
Dr. Broglio has been conducting sport concussion research since 1999, in which he has continually focused on improving athlete health and safety through injury prevention, early recognition, and management. These efforts have been supported by the National Athletic Trainers’ Research and Education Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the Department of Defense and are chronicled in medical journals and book chapters. Dr. Broglio was awarded the new investigator award by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in 2011 and Fellowship in the American College of Sports Medicine in 2014.
Colonel (Ret.) Paul. F. Pasquina, M.D. is the Professor and Chair of the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and Director of the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research (CRSR) at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). He is also the Chief of the Department of Rehabilitation at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). He is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and USUHS, completed his residency at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and completed a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at Georgetown/USUHS. His board certifications include PM&R, Electrodiagnostic Medicine, and Pain Medicine. His current research efforts are focused on exploring new technologies to enhance the recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration of combat casualties, primarily through his work as the Director of the Center for Rehabilitation Sciences Research (www.CRSR.org). Prior to his military retirement, he served as the Chief of the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at WRNMMC; Consultant to the Army Surgeon General; Senior Officer in Charge of the Ortiz Medical Clinic, International Zone, Baghdad, Iraq; and Secretarial appointee for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Advisory Committee on Prosthetics and Special Disabilities Programs. He continues to serve as a consultant to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), U.S. Army’s Medical Research and Material Command (MRMC), Food & Drug Agency (FDA), and University of Pittsburgh School of Health and Rehabilitation Science. Dr. Pasquina has received multiple military awards, as well as awards for teaching and mentorship, including the U.S. Army’s “A” Proficiency Designation for academic excellence, the Order of Military Medical Merit, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, da Vinci Lifetime Achievement Award, Partners in Progress Heroes of Military Medicine Award, Lewis Aspey Mologne Award, Alfred Mann Foundation Scientist of Year Award, Distinguished Clinician Award from the American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Honorary Fellow of the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA).
James (J.T.) Eckner, MD, MS, graduated from Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine in 2003 and completed his residency training in PM&R at the University of Michigan in 2007. He earned a Master of Science degree in 2009 from the University of Michigan in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of PM&R at the University of Michigan and is the Director of Clinical Research at Michigan NeuroSport. He works with the sports medicine programs at the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, and the United States National Team Development Program for ice hockey. Dr. Eckner also treats local and regional athletes with concussion seeking care through the Michigan NeuroSport clinic. His primary area of research interest is mild traumatic brain injury in athletes, or sport related concussion. His sport concussion research addresses concussion assessment using a simple clinical test of reaction time; the neck’s role in concussion susceptibility and the potential role for neck strengthening as an intervention to reduce an athlete’s concussion risk; concussion biomechanics using body-worn impact sensors; and assessment of the short- and long-term effects of concussion and sport-associated head trauma on an athlete’s neurocognitive health.
Barry Katz Ph.D., is Professor of Biostatistics and Chair of the Department of Biostatistics at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1984 and has been a member of the IU faculty since. He has experience in all types of health-related research including randomized controlled trials, epidemiological studies, animal models and health services research. These studies have resulted in over 240 peer reviewed publications in the biomedical and biostatistical literature. He has also served on numerous national review groups for NIH and other agencies. In addition to the Biostatistics and Data Core for CARE, Dr. Katz is currently directing the Biostatistics Core for the Medical ountermeasures Against Radiological Threats (MCART) consortium which evaluates pharmacologic interventions to treat radiation exposure, the Data Coordinating Center for the Translational Research and Evolving Alcoholic Hepatitis Treatment consortium which includes both an observational study and randomized trials, and the Statistics Core for a multi-center cohort study to predict caries risk in underserved toddlers. Dr. Katz has also directed numerous Biostatistics Cores for multi-project and multicenter initiatives in the areas of sexually transmitted diseases, musculoskeletal diseases, and oral health.
Christina Master, MD, is Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and Associate Program Director of the Primary Care Sports Medicine fellowship at CHOP with over two decades of experience in clinical pediatrics. Dr. Master graduated from Princeton University in 1989 with a degree in molecular biology and obtained her medical degree summa cum laude from University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. She completed her residency and chief residency at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia from 1993-1997. She was Vice Program Director of the Pediatric Residency Program at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia for 17 years and subsequently completed a sabbatical year of fellowship training in primary care sports medicine at The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Master is board-certified in pediatrics and brain injury medicine with additional qualification in sports medicine and treats over a thousand youth with concussion annually in her outpatient practice. She is co-founding director of Minds Matter, the concussion program for children at CHOP that provides clinical care, community outreach and conducts research in youth concussion and the founding course director for the CHOP Minds Matter Concussion Conference. Her particular research emphasis has been describing the epidemiology of pediatric concussion and identifying vestibular and visual deficits following concussion as a target for intervention for those with prolonged symptoms. Her research on the use of functional near infrared spectroscopy and concussion won Best Overall Research Award, American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) in 2017 and is Co-Principal Investigator on the first AMSSM Collaborative Research Network (CRN) grant investigating the role of early exercise following concussion. She enjoys playing the piano, running, swimming and cycling and has completed marathons in Munich, Philadelphia, Budapest and NYC as well as a few triathlons at the sprint and olympic distances. She is the mother of three busy children who participate in activities including ice hockey, basketball, track and field, robotics, debate and HiQ.
Julianne Schmidt, PhD, ATC, is an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Georgia. She currently instructs courses within the accredited Athletic Training program and conducts research regarding sport-related concussion. Dr. Schmidt primary research interests include studying the biomechanical features of both concussive and subconcussive head impacts, the role of the cervical musculature in mitigating head impact severity, and proper concussion evaluation techniques for guiding return to play decision. She is also interested in the influence of sport equipment design on emergency care of cervical spine injuries. Dr. Schmidt graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University, in San Diego, California, with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Athletic Training in 2007. She received her Master’s of Arts in Exercise and Sports Science in Athletic Training in 2009 and her doctorate in Human Movement Science in 2013 from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
LCDR Patrick G. O’Donnell, enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 1991 and advanced to the rank of Chief Petty Officer in 2005. In 2005 he received a commission as an Ensign from Officer Candidate Indoctrination (ROCI) School in New London, CT. Lieutenant Commander O’Donnell has served in numerous Coast Guard and joint commands over his 28 years of service. In his current position, he serves as the Clinic Administrator and Deputy Director at the Untied State Coast Guard Academy, in New London. LCDR O’Donnell oversees the second largest medical clinic in the Coast Guard managing a staff of 70+ personnel while overseeing the daily operations providing a variety of services for an empanelment of 2,200 active duty and cadets that attend the United States Coast Guard Academy. These services include medical, dental, physical therapy, psychiatry, counseling, optometry, pharmacy, radiology, concussion research and a moderate complexity laboratory are provided Additionally, he is the Principal Investigator for CARE study being conducted at the Coast Guard Academy.
Lieutenant Commander O’Donnell’s was the recipient of the 2000 Harbor Defense Command 201 Enlisted Person of the Year, the 2004 Air Station Cape Cod Enlisted Person of the Year and the 2011 Newport Rhode Island Navy League Outstanding Coast Guard Junior Officer of the Year award. Most recently he was nominated by the United States Coast Guard Academy for the 2018 Captain John G. Witherspoon Inspirational Leadership Award. His military awards include three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, seven Coast Guard Achievement Medals, three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, four Reserve Good Conduct Medals, three Commandant’s Letters of Commendation and fifteen Coast Guard Meritorious Team Ribbons. Additionally he has received three Armed Forces Reserve Medals for three separate overseas deployments and has received numerous other personal and unit awards.
Lieutenant Commander O’Donnell holds an Associates of Science in Occupational Therapy from Becker College, Worcester, MA and a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and Management from Becker College, Worcester, MA, Certificate of Graduate Studies in Health Care Administration and a Master’s of Science degree in Health Care Administration from Salve Regina University, Newport, RI.