Dr. Broshek is the Director of the Neurocognitive Assessment Lab and co-directs the Brain Injury and Sports Concussion Clinic at the University of Virginia, where she has been on the faculty as a neuropsychologist since 1998. Although she treats patients with multiple medical and neurologic issues, most of her clinical and research interests are in epilepsy and sports concussion.
Additionally, Dr, Broshek is on the Professional Advisory Board for the Epilepsy Foundation, is a member of the NBA Concussion Committee, and a member of the International Concussion in Sport Group that held it’s recent 2016 meeting in Berlin, Germany. Dr. Broshek is also on the concussion committees of local schools and promotes individualized care of athletes and other patients who sustain concussions.
Dr. Broshek has had extensive clinical and research experience with sports-related concussions and has presented internationally on issues related to traumatic brain injury in sports. She is Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences in the Neuropsychology Division a the University of Virginia Health System. She earned her doctorate at George Mason University and then completed a clinical psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the University of Virginia.
Dr. Gioia is the Chief, Division of Pediatric Neuropsychology and Director, SCORE Programat Children’s National Health System. He is a professor at George Washington University School of Medicine. He directs the Neurobehavioral Core research laboratories for Children’s National’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center.
Dr. Gioia has been the Principal Investigator of several multi-site CDC-funded research studies of pediatric mild TBI with a focus on the development of methods/tools for the evaluation of the executive functions and post-concussion neuropsychological functioning. He has developed several smartphone apps, Concussion Recognition & Response and Concussion Assessment and Response (CARE Sport), the Acute Concussion Evaluation (ACE) and ACE Care Plan, a pediatric neurocognitive test for concussion, and post-concussion symptom scales for children and parents.
Dr. Gioia has been an active participant in the International Concussion in Sport Group Consensus meetings, and was on the American Academy of Neurology Sports Concussion Guideline Author panel. He is the team neuropsychologist for the NHL’s Washington Capitals and the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens, school systems, and numerous youth sports organizations in the Baltimore-Washington region. He consults with the local and National Governing Organizations of ice hockey, lacrosse, football, rugby, and soccer related to concussion management and is on the Medical Advisory Committee for USA Football and the National Advisory Board of the Positive Coaching Alliance.
Dr. Echemendia is Founder and Past President of the Sports Neuropsychology Society. He is the Co-Chair of the NHL’s Concussion Subcommittee and director of the NHL’s Neuropsychological Testing Program. He is also Chair of Major League Soccer’s concussion program and is the consulting clinical neuropsychologist to the US Soccer Federation and the U.S. Soccer National Teams. He is also the consulting neuropsychologist to Princeton University’s Department of Athletic Medicine. Dr. Echemendia is the Clinical Director of the UOC Concussion Care Clinic, a multidisciplinary concussion evaluation and management program at the University Orthopedic Center in State College, PA. He serves on the US Lacrosse Sports Science and Safety Committee, the NCAA Concussion Task Force, the US Soccer Medical Advisory Committee, and more recently the National Council on Youth Sports Safety – Protecting Athletes and Sports Safety Initiative. He has served as a consultant to the U.S. Defense Veteran’s Brain Injury Center and other national organizations.
Dr. Echemendia has had extensive clinical and research experience with sports-related concussions and has spoken internationally on issues related to traumatic brain injury in sports. He is currently in independent practice after having spent 18 years on the Clinical Psychology faculty of The Pennsylvania State University where he was Director of the Psychological Clinic. Dr. Echemendia is a Past President of the National Academy of Neuropsychology and a Fellow of both the National Academy of Neuropsychology and the American Psychological Association. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology at University of Missouri – Kansas City. Dr. Echemendia has published extensively in the area of sports neuropsychology and has been a featured guest on several television and radio programs.
Treasurer – Frank Webbe, Ph.D.
Dr. Webbe is a professor of psychology and behavior analysis at Florida Institute of Technology, research director of the East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic, and director of the Florida Tech Sport-Related Concussion Project and Concussion Management Program. In both the sport concussion domain and in the Alzheimer’s disease arena, his primary interest and concern is the identification of individuals who may be at the highest risk for cognitive impairments. He is the author of the Handbook of Sport Neuropsychology (Springer Publishing) and has published widely in the professional literature.
He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology, a charter member and treasurer of the Sports Neuropsychology Society, treasurer of the NAN Foundation Board of Trustees, and immediate past Chair of the Technology Professional Interest Area of the International Society to Advance Alzheimer Research and Treatment. Dr. Webbe is a former president of the Society for Sport, Exercise, & Performance Psychology of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Webbe has served for many years as the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative at Florida Tech (NCAA Division II), and is past president of the Faculty Athletics Representatives Association (FARA). Dr. Webbe earned his Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Florida and completed postdoctoral training there in teaching and a subsequent fellowship in psychopharmacology/ neuroscience at the University of Mississippi.
Dr. Vaughan is a pediatric neuropsychologist at Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC and is the Assistant Director of the Safe Concussion Outcome, Recovery and Education (SCORE) program, a program that has been dedicated since 2003 to helping children and adolescents with sports and non-sports related concussions. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Pediatrics at The George Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Vaughan treats patients with concussion ranging from age 4 to young adulthood. He works actively with many local schools and educational systems to promote concussion awareness and implement state-of-the-art academic support programs.
Dr. Vaughan is also an active researcher and had led projects related to neuroimaging and to genetics to better understand the neurobiological correlates of concussions and the role of genetics in concussion risk and outcome. He has helped to develop several clinical and research tools to assess cognitive functioning and symptoms in children. Dr. Vaughan has presented his research at national and international conferences, has co-authored book chapters, and has published multiple research articles in scholarly journals. He was an attendee at the 2008 and 2012 Zurich International Concussion in Sport Group Consensus meetings, and is a charter member and current board member of the Sports Neuropsychology Society (SNS). Dr. Vaughan serves as a co-consultant to the NHL’s concussion program with the Washington Capitals and with Major League Soccer’s DC United.
Summer Ott, Psy.D., is the Director of the Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute Concussion Program. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center (UPMC) Sports Concussion Program, Dr. Ott moved to the greater Houston area where she has successfully developed three concussion programs that focus on a multi-disciplinary approach to athlete care and management. She was a key member of the task force that developed verbiage for a sports concussion bill in Texas known as Natasha’s Law. Signed into law in June 2012, the bill established return-to-play guidelines for school-aged athletes with concussions.
Currently, Dr. Ott serves as the neuropsychological consultant for the Houston Texans, Houston Rockets, and teams from numerous universities and school districts throughout Texas. In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Ott is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at The University of Texas McGovern Medical School at Houston, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Masters of Athletic Training Program at the University of Houston, and frequently conducts presentations regarding identification and management of concussive injury.
Dr. Ott’s research efforts focus on proper pre-injury baseline testing, the effects of physical exertion on cognition, gender differences in concussion recovery, and the long-term consequences of repeated head injury in athletes. She has co‐authored publications on neuropsychological assessment and is an Ad Hoc Reviewer for scientific journals, including the American Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Athletic Training, and Applied Neuropsychology-Child.
Dr. Ott is a founding member of the Sports Neuropsychological Society (SNS), currently serves on the organization’s executive board, and was Co-Chair for the 2nd Annual Sports Neuropsychology Society Concussion Symposium held in Dallas, Texas. Aside from her contributions to the SNS, Dr. Ott was recently appointed to the medical advisory committee for USA Cheer.
Dr. Bailey, is the Director, Sports Medicine Concussion Center, University Hospital and Director, Neurological Institute Concussion Program, University Hospitals, Cleveland Medical Center. He is also an Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He has developed an integrative multidisciplinary concussion management program and policy across the UH system for both sports and non-sports concussion, including the annual training, certification, and development of a primary care network of physicians for concussion management.
Dr. Bailey is a neuropsychology consultant to the NFL Cleveland Browns and Lake Erie Monsters Hockey Team. He has been the neuropsychologist representative to the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Youth Sports Concussion Committee. He has led the development of youth sports concussion testing program in Ohio, with a pilot program completed through the Shaker Youth Hockey Association.
Dr. Bailey serves on the Editorial Board, Journal of Athletic Training and is an Ad Hoc Reviewer for : American Journal of Sports Medicine; Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology; Brain Injury; Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology; Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation; Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society; and Psychiatry Research. Dr. Bailey is a featured presenter on concussions and has authored and co‐authored extensive research and book publications. He is a charter member of the Sports Neuropsychological Society, and served as Co-Chair for the 2nd Annual Sports Neuropsychology Society Concussion Symposium held in Dallas Texas.
Member at Large – Mark Herceg, Ph.D.
Dr. Herceg is Director of Neuropsychology & Director of the Center for Brain Health & Concussion at Gaylord Specialty Healthcare in Wallingford, CT. Previously, he was the Commissioner of Mental Health for Westchester County, NY. In 2016, as Chair of the 28 member County Concussion Task Force, he was the lead author of Task Force’s “10 Best Practices for Concussion Management,” produced in January 2016 and endorsed by the Brain Injury Association of America and New York State Chapter.
He has helped shape concussion management practices and increase education and awareness in Westchester County in both youth and high school sports. In 2016, BIANYS appointed him co-chair of a new state wide concussion initiative. In 2013 he authored a chapter on concussion management in the book “In the Arena” published by the NY State Bar Association.
Dr. Herceg is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Clinical Neurology at Weill Cornell Medical College and a Lecturer in the Department of Epidemiology and Community Health at New York Medical College. He is also a member of the Big Ten/Ivy League TBI Research Collaboration.
Dr. Herceg sits on the Executive Board of the Sports Neuropsychology Society, is a member of the American Psychological Association, International Neuropsychology Society, and the National Academy of Neuropsychology, where he is the Chair of Social Media.
Prior to his County appointment, he was the Director of Neuropsychology at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital where he evaluated and treated individuals with various neurological changes, illnesses or brain injuries across the life spectrum.