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Graduate Certificate in Sports Neurology and Concussion

The graduate certificate in sports neurology and concussion is an online program providing advanced instruction in the diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and management of patients with sport-related concussion and neurological injuries.

The purpose of the program is to prepare practicing athletic trainers with advanced knowledge and skills in the sub-specialty of sports neurology and concussion.

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Curriculum

Program outcome: Upon completion of the Graduate Certificate in Sports Neurology and Concussion program, students will be able to:

  1. Integrate the basic science of neurologic injury and tissue healing into the management of neurologic injuries.
  2. Demonstrate advanced knowledge in the recognition, assessment, management, and referral of patients with sport-related neurologic conditions.
  3. Debate current issues related to the recognition, assessment, and management of activity-related traumatic brain injuries.
  4. Analyze current concepts regarding the assessment, management, and referral of patients with comorbid disorders who suffer activity-related traumatic brain injury.

Length of program: The certificate program consists of four courses that could be completed over a year.

Graduation requirements: To earn a graduate certificate in sports neurology and concussion, all students must:

  • Complete with a passing grade (“C” or better) all prescribed courses and clinical rotations;
  • Discharge all financial obligations to ASHS-ATSU;
  • File all necessary graduation forms with the ATSU Registrar’s Office, 800 West Jefferson St., Kirksville, MO 63501; 800.626.5266, ext. 2356;

Requirements

Applicants for admission to the graduate certificate in sports neurology and concussion must meet the following requirements prior to matriculation.

  1. Applicants are required to meet all ATSU and ATSU-Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS) general admission requirements
  2. Candidates accepted for admission to the program will have earned a bachelor’s or higher degree prior to enrollment from a regionally accredited institution.
  3. Candidates must have achieved a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in their athletic training professional program or a minimum overall graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. Applicants must provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended where a degree was conferred.
  5. Applicants to the certificate program must demonstrate Board of Certification (BOC) certification as an athletic trainer.
  6. Candidates must submit an application form.
  7. All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to ATSU-ASHS. See the ATSU-ASHS English Proficiency section of the University Catalog for more details.
  8. Candidates are expected to be computer literate and experienced in word processing. All curricula require extensive computer usage. Accepted applicants are required to have a personal computer prior to matriculation and have access to a high-speed Internet connection.
    • See the Minimum Technology Specifications under the General Admission Requirements section.

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  • Classification and Management of Traumatic Head Injury+

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Tuition

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Sports neurology and concussion certificate faculty

Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC, CSCS

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Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, CSCS, is the John P. Wood, D.O., Endowed Chair for Sports Medicine, professor and director of the Athletic Training program at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. Dr. McLeod completed her doctor of philosophy degree in education with an emphasis in sports medicine from the University of Virginia. She is the director of the Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network and her research has focused on the pediatric athlete with respect to sport-related concussion. Her current work is investigating the short- and long-term effects of pediatric sports concussion as well as recovery following concussion on traditional concussion assessments and health-related quality of life. Dr. McLeod also has research interests regarding gender differences in lower extremity function, specifically neuromuscular control, and postural stability and studies these areas through an injury prevention approach in younger athletes. Dr. McLeod was a contributing author for the NATA Position Statement on the Management of Sport-Related Concussion, the lead author on the NATA Position Statement on the Prevention of Pediatric Overuse Injuries, and a consultant and contributing author on the Appropriate Medical Coverage for Secondary School-Aged Athletes. Dr. McLeod serves on numerous editorial boards, and publishes frequently in the athletic training and sports medicine journals and is a NATA Fellow.

Alison Valier , PhD, ATC
Alison Valier , PhD, ATC

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Alison Valier, PhD, ATC, is a BOC certified and state licensed athletic trainer, serves as associate professor in the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences and Assistant Director of Research Support through the Office of Research, Grants, and Information Technology Systems. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and physical education from Whitman College in Washington and her Master of Science degree in exercise physiology at the University of Toledo in Ohio. In addition, she received her Ph.D. in exercise science from the University of Toledo, where she majored in applied physiology and completed a minor in human anatomy. Most recently, Dr. Valier completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in Clinical Outcomes Research, awarded to her by the NATA Foundation. Dr. Valier’s teaching emphasizes the assessment of clinical outcomes and evaluating the end result of healthcare services and she instructs in both the Post-Professional Athletic Training and Doctor of Health Sciences programs. Her primary research area of interest is in measuring the outcomes of various athletic training interventions as well as evaluating HRQOL of high school and college athletes who suffer sport-related injury. Another interest of hers is the use and development of patient-based outcomes instruments for the purpose of outcomes assessment and measuring the end result of healthcare services. During her doctoral studies, Dr. Valier taught in the athletic training education program at the University of Toledo for four years. In addition, she has served as an athletic trainer with Health South and outreached to Whiteford (MI) High School and Summerfield (MI) High School. Dr. Valier is a member of the NATA Outcomes Advisory Panel and serves on the Arizona Governmental Affairs Committee. Additionally, she is a grant reviewer for the NATA Foundation and a reviewer for the Journal of Athletic Training, Journal of Sport Rehabilitation Research, and Athletic Training and Sports Health Care.

Barton Anderson, MS, ATC, AT
Barton Anderson, MS, ATC, AT

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​Barton E. Anderson, DHSc, AT, ATC, is an associate professor in ATSU’s Athletic Training (AT) programs, serving as the primary clinical faculty member and clinical education coordinator for the Residential Post-Professional Master’s program. Dr. Anderson oversees all aspects of the Advanced Clinical Practice program (Clinical Education), including establishing and maintaining graduate assistantships, coordinating affiliated clinical sites and preceptors, and providing clinical mentoring to AT program students. Dr. Anderson holds a Level 1 Functional Movement Screen™ certification, and is an accredited Graston Technique™ clinician and Graston™ faculty instructor. He has extensive experience and training in therapeutic exercise prescription, fundamental movement patterns, and manual therapy techniques. Prior to ATSU, Dr. Anderson worked clinically for 10 years as an athletic trainer in the collegiate, high school, and clinical settings. He continues his clinical practice part-time throughout the academic year at a local sports medicine clinic. Dr. Anderson is a member of the CAATE Standards Committee, and also serves as the electronic medical record manager within the Athletic Training Practice Based Research Network, the chair of the Arizona Athletic Trainers’ Association Communications Committee, and the AzATA website coordinator. He earned his bachelor’s of science in sports medicine and athletic training from Missouri State University, his master’s of science in sports health care from ATSU, and his doctor of health science degree from Nova Southeastern University.

Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, FNATA
Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, FNATA

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Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, FNATA, is a tenured Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at the Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS), A. T. Still University (ATSU), in Mesa, Arizona. He received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Seattle Pacific University and his master of science degree in sports health care from ATSU. He completed his doctor of philosophy degree in sports medicine at Oregon State University (OSU). His primary research interests are related to the assessment of clinical outcomes and health-related quality of life in athletes following musculoskeletal injury, the examination and rehabilitation of the athletic shoulder and post-professional athletic training education. Dr. Sauers has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles and given numerous state, regional, and national presentations related to his research. He is the President-Elect of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists and also serves on the Research Committee. Dr. Sauers is the Associate Editor for Clinical Outcomes for the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation and an Editorial Board member for the Journal of Athletic Training and the Athletic Training Education Journal. Currently, he serves as the Chair of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Post-Professional Education Committee and as a member of the NATA Education Council Executive Committee, and the NATA Foundation Research Committee. Dr. Sauers is also a Commissioner for the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. He has received the President’s Award from the Arizona Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Distinguished Educator Award from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association, and has been recognized for his dedication to the athletic training profession with the distinction as a Fellow of the NATA.

Cailee Welch, PhD, ATC
Cailee Welch, PhD, ATC

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Cailee Welch, PhD, ATC, is assistant professor of Athletic Training within the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at A.T. Still University. Dr. Welch earned her bachelor of science degree in athletic training from Boston University, followed by a master of science in education degree in athletic training from Old Dominion University. She also earned her doctor of philosophy degree in human movement science with a special focus in athletic training curriculum and instruction from Old Dominion University, where she investigated the effectiveness of educational techniques to aid athletic trainers in learning the fundamentals of evidence-based practice. While at Old Dominion University, Dr. Welch served as an instructor for several undergraduate courses within the Health & Physical Education and Exercise Science departments, as well as a teaching fellow for numerous courses with the Post-Professional Athletic Training Program. Recently, Dr. Welch completed a post-doctoral research fellowship within the Center for Clinical Outcome Studies at A.T. Still University. As a part of her post-doctoral fellowship, Dr. Welch assisted with clinical outcomes and evidence-based practice courses within the Post-Professional Athletic Training Program. Currently, she serves as the Clinical Practice Site Coordinator within the Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network, which includes conducting the education and training for athletic trainers across the country. Additionally, Dr. Welch currently serves on the CAATE Post-Professional Annual Report Committee, the BOC Evidence-Based Practice Review Panel, and is the Managing Editor for the Clinical Bottom Line in the NATA News. Dr. Welch’s research agenda includes two independent areas: capturing the concussed patient perspective for improving outcomes of patient care, and athletic training educational outcomes.

Kenny Lam, ScD, ATC
Kenny Lam, ScD, ATC

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Kenny Lam, ScD, ATC, is an associate professor of clinical research within the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at A.T. Still University. He completed his bachelor of science degree in athletic training as well as his master of education degree in human movement at Boston University. He earned his doctor of science degree (Sc.D.) in rehabilitation sciences with a specialization in movement sciences from Boston University. Prior to becoming a faculty member, Dr. Lam completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship within the Center for Clinical Outcome Studies at A.T. Still University that focused on patient-oriented outcomes assessment and evidence-based practice. His current line of research revolves around the prevention and rehabilitation of lower extremity injuries, with a special emphasis on sport-related knee injuries in the adolescent population. He is specifically interested in assessing the clinical outcomes of ACL injuries as it relates to health-related quality of life patient and the comparative effectiveness of rehabilitation techniques. In addition to his faculty responsibilities, Dr. Lam serves as the Director of Clinical Informatics for the Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN), where he oversees the day-to-day management of the relational database, supervises all aspects of education and training of clinicians, and acts as the liaison between the clinicians and administration of the AT-PBRN. Prior to attaining his doctoral degree, Dr. Lam practiced as a certified athletic trainer at Rutgers University – New Brunswick Campus (NJ), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA), and Boston University (MA).

R. Curtis Bay, PhD
R. Curtis Bay, PhD

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R. Curtis Bay, PhD, is an associate professor of biostatistics in the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. For the 12 years prior to joining ATSU, Dr. Bay served as director of medical research, Department of Academic Affairs, Maricopa Medical Center, in Phoenix. He is a graduate of Arizona State University, where he received a doctorate in psychology, with an emphasis in statistical methodology. Dr. Bay teaches courses in research methodology and statistical analysis. His current areas of interest concerns the relationship between patients’ illness epistemology and their subjective and objective responses to therapeutic interventions, as well as the application of structural equation modeling to medical research.

Sue Falsone PT, MS, SCS, ATC, L-AT, CSCS, COMT, RYT
Sue Falsone PT, MS, SCS, ATC, L-AT, CSCS, COMT, RYT

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Sue Falsone, PT, MS, SCS, ATC, L-AT, CSCS, COMT, RYT, is an associate professor in ATSU-ASHS Athletic Training program. She teaches courses within the athletic training Master of Science degree program and online courses in orthopaedic rehabilitation foundation within the online Doctor of Athletic Training program. She also serves as a clinician scientist within the school’s Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network.

Ms. Falsone’s many accomplishments include being the first female head athletic trainer in any of the four major American professional sports leagues, when she was named the head athletic trainer for the LA Dodgers in 2012. She also served as the head of athletic training and sport performance for the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team. She is known internationally for her expertise in sport rehabilitation and performance enhancement and bridging between physical therapy and return to sport.

An alumna of Daemen College, Ms. Falsone graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a master’s degree in human movement science; is owner and founder of Structure and Function Education, an educational company working to bring the concepts, philosophies and techniques of dry needling to the allied healthcare professional.

Sara Brown MS, ATC
Sara Brown MS, ATC

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Ms. Sara Brown is an adjunct faculty member for the DAT Winter Institute and has attended every institute since the launch of the DAT. She is a graduate of Miami University and the University of Arizona has been the director of the athletic training program at Boston University since 1991. She. In addition to her duties as a clinical associate professor at BU, she completed a four-year term as the chair of the NATA’s Executive Committee for Education in 2013. She is now chair of the Standards Committee for the CAATE. Previously, Sara has held positions on the BOC Board of Directors including BOC President and BOC Vice President. She is a co-author with Chad Starkey of Examination of Orthopedic and Athletic Injuries, a textbook on orthopedic assessment, and has been teaching at the college level for 30 years.

Mark Laursen MS, ATC
Mark Laursen MS, ATC

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R. Mark Laursen, MS, ATC, was selected as Boston University’s Director of Athletic Training Services in June 2008. At that time, he also was named a Clinical Associate Professor of Athletic Training in BU’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. No stranger to BU, Laursen has served in numerous capacities at the University since 1983, when he first joined the Department of Athletics as an assistant soccer coach for two seasons. He has worked as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Athletic Training and is a Faculty in Residence in the Office of Residence Life. Mr. Laursen is an adjunct faculty member for the DAT Winter Institute and has participated since the founding of the program.

From July 2007 to May 2008, he was a clinical instructor at the University of South Carolina. As a member of its graduate faculty, he coordinated all graduate clinical education. Additionally, from 1993-1998 he was the Head Athletic Trainer at Washington College at Chestertown, MD. He has contributed too many publications, has made more than 90 presentations, and is a reviewer for Athletic Therapy Today and The Journal of Athletic Training. He has served as the Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). He has visited over 20 schools’ athletic training programs as an Evaluation Team Member or Team Chair for NATA’s Professional Education Committee, CAAHEP and CAATE. He has been awarded Athletic Trainer of the Year from Athletic Trainers of Massachusetts (2013) and NATA’s Head Athletic Trainer of the Year (2007), Service Award (2009) and Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer (2016). Laursen has volunteered as an Athletic Trainer at numerous sporting events including the Boston Marathon, NCAA championships for men’s basketball, men’s ice hockey and wrestling, and U.S. Figure Skating Challenges. A 1983 graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science degree, Laursen majored in Health Education and minored in Athletic Training. He earned his Master of Science degree in 1986 from Canisius College.

Forrest Pecha MS, ATC, LAT, OTC, CSCS
Forrest Pecha MS, ATC, LAT, OTC, CSCS

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Mr. Pecha serves as Director of Clinical Residency and Outreach at St. Luke’s Sports Medicine. He developed St. Luke’s post-professional, CAATE accredited, athletic training residency program and started the athletic training residency program at Emory Sports Medicine in Atlanta GA. He serves as an adjunct professor for the DAT Winter Institute. Forrest currently serves as a CAATE site visitor and review team member, as well as, a member of CAATE accreditation conference planning committee. He also served on the recent athletic training practice analysis, 7th addition, for Board of Certification. Forrest is the NATA Liaison to American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and serves as the president for the newly formed Athletic Trainers in the Physician Practice Society, ATPPS. Forrest has been invited to speak nationally and internationally on the clinical roles, improving physician practice efficiencies, and the value of athletic trainers. He has been published multiple times through both peer-reviewed journals and professional articles on the value of athletic trainers. He was head athletic trainer for the U.S. Men’s Alpine Ski Team, participating in the 2002 Olympic winter games, and athletic trainer for the U.S. Men’s U-20 World Cup and qualifying tournaments. Forrest earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse, and his master’s degree from Illinois State University.

David H. Perrin PhD
David H. Perrin PhD

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David H. Perrin is Dean of the College of Health and Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training at the University of Utah. He serves as an adjunct faculty member for the DAT Winter Institute and has been a contributor to the institute since 206.

From 2007 – 2014 he served as Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and as Dean of the School of Health and Human Performance at UNCG from 2001-2007. Dr. Perrin’s career as an administrator began in 1995 in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia where he served as program area director of Kinesiology (then Health and Physical Education). In 1999, he was appointed Chair of the Department of Human Services at UVa. He received his BS in Physical Education from Castleton State College, MA in Athletic Training from Indiana State University, and PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh.

Dr. Perrin was editor-in-chief of the Journal of Athletic Training for eight years (1996-2004) and founding editor of the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation (1990-1995). He is author of Isokinetic Exercise and Assessment and Athletic Taping and Bracing, 3nd Edition (with translations in Japanese, Greek, Chinese, Portuguese, Korean and French), editor of The Injured Athlete, Third Edition, and coauthor of Examination of Musculoskeletal Injuries and Research Methods in Athletic Training. He also served as series editor of the 5-textbook Athletic Training Education Series.

For 15 years Dr. Perrin directed the graduate programs in Athletic Training (MEd) and Sports Medicine (PhD & EdD) at the University of Virginia. He was named the Joe Gieck Professor of Sports Medicine, founded the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Research Laboratory, and mentored over 50 students who received a doctoral degree in Sports Medicine. His primary research interest, funded by the National Institutes of Health, focused on anterior cruciate ligament injury risk factors in female athletes.

From 2007 to 2011 he served on the Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages, Bureau of Health Professions of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. As a faculty member, he was recipient of a University of Virginia All-University Outstanding Teaching Award in 1997 and in 1998 received the Curry School of Education Foundation’s Outstanding Professor Award. His professional awards from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association include the Sayers “Bud” Miller Distinguished Educator Award in 1996, the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer award in 1998, the William G. Clancy, Jr., MD Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research in 1999, and induction into the Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2015 he received the NATA Research & Education Foundation’s Lifetime Contribution Award. Among his honors are distinguished alumni awards from CSC, ISU, and Pitt, including induction into the Legacy Laureate Society at the University of Pittsburgh in 2008. In 2009 he received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the Arizona School of Health Sciences at A.T. Still University.

Hayley Root PhD, MPH, ATC
Hayley Root PhD, MPH, ATC

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Dr. Hayley Root is a post-doctoral research fellow in pediatric sports medicine at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in exercise science with a concentration in athletic training from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Root completed both her Masters in Public Health and PhD in Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut. She uses her background in public health and athletic training collectively to better translate and disseminate evidence-based practice. Her research interests include lower extremity musculoskeletal injury prevention strategies, particularly in youth sport, with a focus on dissemination and implementation strategies. Dr. Root instructs ATRN 8130: Healthcare Policy and Systems of Delivery.

Kim Terrell MS, ATC
Kim Terrell MS, ATC

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Kim Terrell, MS, ATC is Associate Director of Athletic Medicine at University of Oregon, overseeing Athletic Training services and providing care for intercollegiate athletes, while also serving as the Clinical Coordinator in the Post Professional Graduate Athletic Training Program and Courtesy Faculty member in the Department of Human Physiology. This affords opportunities to mentor staff as well as post professional graduate students, and support clinical education and research. Kim returned to her alma mater in 2003 after serving as the Director of Sports Medicine at Northeastern University since 1995. After receiving her Master’s Degree in Exercise and Movement Science from University of Oregon, Kim provided Athletic Training services in clinical settings and high school outreach prior to returning to University of Oregon as an Assistant Athletic Trainer in 1988. Kim is a previous BOC Board of Directors member, and has served on the NATA College and University Athletic Trainers Committee. Ms. Terrell is an adjunct faculty member for the DAT Winter Institute and has assisted in ATRN 8140 Leadership and Professionalism in Athletic Training.

Stacey Walker PhD, ATC
Stacey Walker PhD, ATC

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Stacy E. Walker, PhD, ATC is a tenured Associate Professor of Athletic Training at Ball State University. She serves as an adjunct faculty member for the DAT Winter Institute. She has over 30 peer reviewed journal articles, more than 40 professional presentations. Her research agenda focuses on the use of standardized patients to provide additional clinical education experiences for athletic training students and the transition to practice of newly credentialed athletic trainers. She received the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association Outstanding Educator Award in 2014. She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Athletic Training and the Athletic Training Education Journal and is a member of the NATA Research and Education Foundation Research Committee, the Board of Certifications Maintenance of Certification Task Force the Association of Standardized Patient Educators Grants and Research Committee and serves as a CAATE Site visitor. She obtained her bachelor of science degree from Southern Illinois University, a masters in rehabilitative science from Clarion University and a masters degree in athletic training from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga followed by her Doctor of Philosophy degree in administration and teaching from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Andrew P. Winterstein PhD, ATC
Andrew P. Winterstein PhD, ATC

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Andrew P. Winterstein is a clinical professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he currently serves as the program director of the athletic training professional preparation program. A graduate of the University of Arizona, University of Oregon, and the University of Wisconsin‐Madison; Dr.Winterstein has been active in athletic training patient care and educational programming at UW‐Madison since 1986. Dr. Winterstein serves as an adjunct professor for the DAT Winter Institute and is the primary course professor for ATRN 8140: Leadership and Professionalism in Athletic Training.

Dr. Winterstein’s academic interests include: emerging technologies and their use in teaching and learning, medical humanities and their application to athletic training education, organizational dynamics, educational interventions/behavioral change, and patient‐reported outcome measures following injury. His papers and abstracts have appeared a variety athletic training and sports medicine journals and he has been privileged to make numerous professional presentations at state, regional, national, and international conferences.

He is the author of three textbooks: The Athletic Training Student Primer (Slack, Inc), Administrative Topics in Athletic Training: Concepts to Practice (Slack, Inc) with Greg Gardner and Gary Harrelson, and The Athletic Trainers Guide to Differential Diagnosis: A Visual Learning Approach (Slack, Inc) co‐authored with Sharon Clark.

Dr. Winterstein has received numerous awards, including the 2016, NATA Most

Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, 2008 Great Lakes Athletic Training Association Outstanding Educator Award, 2007 Wisconsin Athletic Trainers’ Association Outstanding Educator Award, and the 2006 UW‐Madison School of Education Distinguished Service Award. He and his colleagues are three‐time winners of the NATA Educational Multimedia Committee award for educational innovations and have been awarded the MERLOT Classics Award for exemplary on‐line learning objects.

Ann Lee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
Ann Lee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
Dean
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Dr. Ann Lee Burch is the dean of A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS). Dr. Burch received her doctor of education from Columbia University, Teachers College in 2005. She received her masters of public health from Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health in 2002 and her masters of physical therapy from Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1989. She was a postdoctoral fellow with the Research Group on Health Disparities at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her BA is in psychology from the University of Rochester.

Prior to her appointment as dean, Dr. Burch served as vice dean for ATSU-ASHS. She served as the chair of the Physical Therapy Department from 2008-January 2012. Prior to ATSU, Dr. Burch was the director of physical therapy at the University of Puerto Rico, Medical Sciences Campus in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She has held administrative and/or faculty positions at the International Center for the Disabled in NY, NY, Mercy College in NY, and Long Island University in Brooklyn, NY.

Dr. Burch’s area of scholarly interest and application of that interest is in knowledge, attitudes, and self-efficacy of health care providers and healthcare professional students towards underrepresented patient/client groups.

Dr. Burch is the author of a Guide to Physical Therapy (Vault Publishers) which was written to increase information access about physical therapy to both high school graduates and re-entry adults. She was a co-investigator on an NIH grant at the University of Puerto Rico exploring the feasibility of an exercise program for breast cancer survivors living in San Juan.  Dr. Burch has lived in Symi, Greece, Taipei, Taiwan, Ahmdebad, India and San Juan, Puerto Rico, and is committed to research, teaching and service that further the understanding of the impact of socioeconomic and cultural variables on health.

She was a member of the class of 2014 cohort of Women in Educational Leadership at Harvard Graduate School of Education. In 2017 she was the co-PI on a Centers for Disease Control, Association for Prevention and Teaching grant exploring a population health case study format for teaching and communicating the impact of social determinants of health on health disparities. She was recently appointed a peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission.  

Marlene Salas-Provance, PhD, MHA, CCC-SLP
Marlene Salas-Provance, PhD, MHA, CCC-SLP
Vice Dean
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Dr. Salas-Provance, is professor and vice dean of A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Health Sciences (ATSU-ASHS). Dr. Salas-Provance received her doctorate in speech science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She received her masters of health administration from the University of Missouri School of Medicine-Columbia. She holds both a bachelors and masters in Speech Pathology from New Mexico State University.

Prior to her appointment as vice dean, Dr. Salas-Provance served as associate dean of academic and student affairs for the School of Health Professions at the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston. She served as assistant dean and chair in the College of Education, Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico and department chair in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Montevallo (AL). She held faculty positions at Fontbonne College and St. Louis University, in St. Louis, MO.

She has made extensive professional contributions to the American, Speech, Language & Hearing Association (ASHA), serving on the Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Council, member of the Financial Planning Board, and the Multicultural Issues Board. She served as coordinator of ASHA’s Special Interest Group (SIG) 14, Communication Disorders and Sciences in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse populations and was a founding member and coordinator of SIG 17, Global Issues in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She is an ASHA Fellow and received ASHA’s highest awards for “Special Recognition in Multicultural Affairs” and “Outstanding Contributions in International Achievement.”

Dr.Salas-Provance has served as a clinical educator throughout her academic career, especially related to children with cleft lip and palate. She is a member of an international medical team with Rotaplast International and has traveled worldwide for over 15 years to provide clinical services to children with cleft palate. She implemented a program for graduate students in speech pathology to provide clinical services in Spanish to children with cleft palate in Lima, Peru. In addition to Lima, Peru she has provided clinical services in China, Bangladesh, Philippines, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Venezuela.

Dr. Salas-Provance is coauthor of the textbook Culturally Responsive Practices in Speech-Language and Hearing Science (Plural Publishing, 2019) which meets the needs for training students in healthcare professions regarding practice with individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse populations. Her research is focused on attitudes towards disability by diverse populations and addressing the use of language interpreters during healthcare and educational encounters.

Over the past ten years she has lectured extensively to international audiences, both in English and Spanish, including as invited speaker for the Congreso Internacional en Trastornos de la Comunicacion at Escuela de Fonoaudiologia (Speech Language Pathology / Audiology) de la Universidad de Talca, Chile and for the Department of Otolaryngology, Hospital Nacional Arzobispo Loayza, Lima, Peru, Endoscopic Evaluation of Velopharyngeal Dysfunction. She was invited keynote speaker for the First International Congress in Speech-Language Pathology and Orthodontics in the area of cleft lip and palate in Lima, Peru.

Dr. Salas-Provance was selected for the American Council on Education (ACE) Women’s Leadership Program and attended the National Women’s Leadership Forum in Washington DC (2017) for advancing female executives in higher education.

Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Chair
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Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, CSCS, is a tenured full professor and chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at the A. T. Still University (ATSU) Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS). Dr. Sauers received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Seattle Pacific University and his master of science degree in sports health care from ATSU. He completed his doctor of philosophy degree in sports medicine at Oregon State University (OSU).

As the founding chair of the department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences, Dr. Sauers planned and implemented the online Human Movement program and the online Doctor of Health Sciences program, which he currently oversees, in addition to overseeing the Master of Science degree program in Athletic Training, the Human Anatomy Division, and the Biostatistics and Clinical Research Division. Dr. Sauers served as the Director of the Athletic Training Program from 2000 to 2009. His primary research interests are related to the assessment of clinical outcomes and health-related quality of life in athletes following musculoskeletal injury, the examination and rehabilitation of the athletic shoulder and post-professional athletic training education.

Dr. Sauers has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles and given numerous state, regional, and national presentations related to his research. He is the President of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists and Vice President of the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Dr. Sauers is the Associate Editor for Clinical Outcomes for the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation and an Editorial Board member for the Journal of Athletic Training and the Athletic Training Education Journal. Currently, he serves as the Chair of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Post-Professional Education Committee and as a member of the NATA Education Council Executive Committee. Dr. Sauers received the President’s Award from the Arizona Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Distinguished Educator Award from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association, and was recognized for his dedication to the athletic training profession with the distinction as a Fellow of the NATA.

Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC, CSCS
Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC, CSCS
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Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, CSCS, is the John P. Wood, D.O., Endowed Chair for Sports Medicine, professor and director of the Athletic Training program at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona. Dr. McLeod completed her doctor of philosophy degree in education with an emphasis in sports medicine from the University of Virginia. She is the director of the Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network and her research has focused on the pediatric athlete with respect to sport-related concussion. Her current work is investigating the short- and long-term effects of pediatric sports concussion as well as recovery following concussion on traditional concussion assessments and health-related quality of life. Dr. McLeod also has research interests regarding gender differences in lower extremity function, specifically neuromuscular control, and postural stability and studies these areas through an injury prevention approach in younger athletes. Dr. McLeod was a contributing author for the NATA Position Statement on the Management of Sport-Related Concussion, the lead author on the NATA Position Statement on the Prevention of Pediatric Overuse Injuries, and a consultant and contributing author on the Appropriate Medical Coverage for Secondary School-Aged Athletes. Dr. McLeod serves on numerous editorial boards, and publishes frequently in the athletic training and sports medicine journals and is a NATA Fellow.

Amanda Vigil, MBA
Amanda Vigil, MBA

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Amanda Vigil, MBA, is the administrative manager for the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. Ms. Vigil received both her bachelor of science in business management and master’s of business administration from the University of Phoenix in Arizona. As the administrative manager, she oversees the administrative staff within her department and also manages the daily functions of the athletic training masters program (residential), Doctor of Athletic Training program (online) and the other units within the department. Ms. Vigil is involved in various groups within A.T. Still University and the Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS). She is currently an active member of the University Staff Council representing ASHS, sits on the ASHS Staff Assembly and the ASHS Shared Leadership Committee. Mrs. Vigil brings over fifteen years of management and administrative experience with her and is also responsible for various human resource activities, departmental special projects and reports directly to Dr. Sauers.

Kaylynn Schmitt
Kaylynn Schmitt

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Kaylynn Schmitt is the administrative assistant for the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences. Ms. Murphy brings over 5 years of administrative and clerical experience to our program. She assists the program director, faculty and administrative manager with the administration responsibilities for both the Doctors in Athletic Training and Masters in Athletic Training programs.

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    Sports Neurology and Concussion Certificate Faculty

    Eric Sauers, PhD, ATC, FNATA
    Professor & Department Chair Interdisciplinary Health Sciences
    Tamara McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA
    Professor & Director Athletic Training Programs
    Sue Falsone, PT, MS, SCS, ATC, L-AT, CSCS, COMT, RYT
    Associate Professor Athletic Training Programs
    Andrew Winterstein, PhD, ATC
    Adjunct Professor Athletic Training Programs
    Ann Lee Burch, PT, MPH, EdD
    Dean, ATSU-ASHS
    Craig Phelps, DO, FAOASM
    President, ATSU
    Clinton Normore, MBA
    VP of Diversity & Inclusion