Science, education, and community working together to prevent and manage concussions
In 2013, MCMI leadership began collaborating with Harvard Medical School, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, Partners Healthcare and Boston Children’s Hospital. In 2014, MCMI formalized this relationship by creating a research consortium in which Colby research assistants are involved.
Here are the biographies of our research partners and a partial list of papers by the consortium.
Dr. Ross D. Zafonte, DO is Earle P. and Ida S. Charlton Professor and Chairman of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. He also serves as chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, as well as Senior Vice President Medical Affairs Research and Education at Spaulding Rehabilitation Network. Dr. Zafonte’s textbook is considered one of the standards in the field of brain injury care. Dr. Zafonte’s work is presently funded by the NIH, DOD and NIDRR, and he is currently directing several large clinical treatment trials. His laboratory work has focused on understanding mechanisms of recovery after Brain and Spinal Cord Injury. Dr. Zafonte also serves on the Board of Governors for the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine.
Dr. Rebekah Mannix, MD, MPH
Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Boston, MA AssistantProfessor of Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
Meehan WP, Mannix R, Monuteaux MC, Stein CJ, Bachur RG. Early symptom burden predicts recovery after sport-related concussion. Neurology. 2014 Dec 9; 83(24):2204-10.
Mannix R, Iverson GL, Maxwell B, Atkins JE, Zafonte R, Berkner PD. Multiple prior concussions are associated with symptoms in high school athletes. Ann Clin Transl Neurol. 2014 Jun; 1(6):433-8.
Dr. Grant L. Iverson, PhD is a licensed psychologist with a practice in neuropsychology. He is the Director of the Neuropsychology Outcome Assessment Laboratory, Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at the Harvard Medical School. He serves as Associate Director Traumatic Brain Injury Research for the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Home Base Program.
He has an internationally-recognized research program in two broad areas: (i) outcome from mild traumatic brain injury (across the lifespan, in athletes, civilians, military service members, and veterans), and (ii) improving the methodology for assessing and identifying mild cognitive impairment in psychiatry and neurology. He has published more than 280 empirical articles, reviews, and book chapters.
Dr. William Meehan, III, MD is a Sports Concussion Physician Sports Concussion Physician and is Director of the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention, Director of the Sports Concussion Clinic, and Director of Research for the Brain Injury Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, and a member of MomsTEAM.com’s Team of Experts.
A graduate of Boston College, Dr. Meehan obtained his M.D. from Harvard Medical School, where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics. Board certified in pediatrics, pediatric emergency medicine and sports medicine, Dr. Meehan conducts both clinical and scientific research on concussive brain injury with funding by the National Institutes of Health, the National Football League, and the Center for the Integration of Medicine and Innovative Technology.
The author of numerous medical and scientific publications, Dr. Meehan served as guest editor for the January 2011 issue of Clinics in Sports Medicine entitled, “Concussion in Sports.” In 2012 he was honored with the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine’s award for Best Overall Research. Dr. Meehan is the author of the critically-acclaimed book, “Sports and Concussion: A Guide for Coaches and Parents.”
Dr. Dawn Comstock, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the University of Denver School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology. Dr. Comstock’s research focus is the epidemiology of injury among the physically active, specifically the study of sports, recreation, and leisure activity-related injuries among children and adolescents as well as the life-long health benefits associated with an active childhood.
After receiving a B.S. degree in microbiology from Colorado State University and a M.S. degree in epidemiology from the University of Iowa, Dr. Comstock obtained a Ph.D. in Public Health Epidemiology from the University of California San Diego/San Diego State University. She has previously worked with the Iowa Department of Public Health in Des Moines, IA, with the Naval Health Research Center in Point Loma, CA, with the Environmental Health Services Branch of the CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta, GA, and as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer assigned by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a liaison to the Oklahoma State Department of Health Injury Prevention Service.
Greg Marchetti, PT, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Duquesne University. Dr. Marchetti earned an entry level Physical Therapy degree from the University of Maryland and a Master of Science from the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh. After 17 years of clinical practice in diverse settings, he obtained a Ph.D. in epidemiology with an emphasis in non-communicable disease from the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh.
Greg also currently holds an appointment in the School of Medicine, Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh. With expertise in epidemiology, measurement, data management and analysis, Dr. Marchetti has conducted research, published and presented nationally and internationally on the clinical measurement of gait and balance, disorders of balance and vestibular impairment, mild traumatic head injury, chronic disease, chronicpain management, differential diagnosis and ergonomics/occupational injuries.
Jennifer Coane, PhD Assistant Professor of Psychology, Colby College received her B.A. (2001) and M.S. (2004) degrees in psychology from Illinois State University, and her PhD in Cognitive Psychology at Washington University in Saint Louis in 2008. At Colby I teach Introduction to Psychology, the course on Cognitive Psychology, a Cognitive Aging seminar, and a Seminar and Collaborative Research in Memory. My research examines how long-term knowledge is acquired, organized, and retrieved using a variety of behavioral techniques. I am also interested in how principles identified in basic research in memory can be applied in the classroom to improve performance in academic settings.
Bruce A. Maxwell, Professor of Computer Science, Department Chair at Colby College, Waterville, ME
B.A. in Political Science w/Concentration in Computer Science, Swarthmore College, 1991
B.S. in Engineering, Swarthmore College, 1991
M.Phil. in Computer Speech and Natural Language Processing, Cambridge University, 1992
Ph.D. in Robotics, Carnegie Mellon University, 1996
Areas of Expertise:
Scientific Data Analysis
Melissa J. Glen, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Colby College received her B.Sc. in Psychology from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 1994, and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Concordia University in 1997 and 2003, respectively. Her graduate theses focused on the functional neuroanatomy of memory systems. From 2003 until 2007, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Duke University and while there was funded by the National Institute on Aging to study the neural and behavioral mechanisms mediating a lifelong enhancement in cognition with prenatal choline supplementation.
She joined the Psychology Department at Colby College in August 2007 where she is continuing to ask questions about the behavioral, neural, and physiological effects of choline supplemenation or deficiency at different stages of life.
Brian Brooks, PhD an award-winning neuropsychologist at the University of Calgary, Canada. He was awarded the Early Career Award from the National Academy of Neuropsychology for outstanding achievement in research. Two of Brooks’ papers were recently included in the Journal of Neurotrauma’s top ten publications on concussion. In one study, he showed how a simple computer test could help doctors in the emergency department diagnose children with a suspected concussion. The test assesses cognitive ability, identifying children who had problems with processing speed and reaction time although their scores on memory, attention and executive functioning. Brooks also received the U.S. academy’s award for the highest-rated manuscript published in 2013 by Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. The submission about perception of recovery after a concussion was chosen for its scientific merit and significance to clinical practice. (Courtesy UToday)
Dr. Philip Schatz, Ph.D. is the Director of the Behavioral Neurosciences Program at Saint Joseph’s University, and he also serves as a research consultant to the Sports Concussion Center of NJ and the Maine Concussion Management Initiative.He maintains an active program of research, and more information about his research and publications are available on his web site.
Here is the first research paper published on behalf of the consortium:
Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology
Multiple prior concussions are associated with symptoms in high school athletes
Rebekah Mannix, Harvard Medical School
Grant L. Iverson, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
Bruce Maxwell, Colby College
Joseph E. Atkins,Colby College
Ross Zafonte ,Harvard Medical School
Paul D. Berkner, Colby College
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