Kou is a native of Albemarle, NC, and is one of two Jenner Carey Bryan Undergraduate Research Fellows in the Gfeller Center. He is a senior Exercise Sports Science major with a specialization in Athletic Training. Kou has worked with UNC varsity sports teams including baseball, women’s rowing, and track and field. In addition, he has also worked with North Carolina Football Club Youth and the men’s professional team, NCFC in Cary, NC. Kou has assisted with research projects in the Gfeller center since his sophomore year at UNC and will be completing an honors thesis project during the 2018-2019 academic year. Kou is interested in visual impairment following concussion and aspires to someday work with Major League Soccer as an Athletic Trainer.
Melissa is a fourth year doctoral candidate in the Interdisciplinary Program in Human Movement Science. She graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training in 2013. In May 2015, she received her Master of Science in Athletic Training from A.T. Still University. While completing both degrees, her primary athletic training responsibilities were caring for Football and Men’s Basketball teams. Her research interests include general and concussion-specific sport safety and sport culture, the interdisciplinary clinical team, and using mixed-methodological research approaches.
Aliza is a doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Program of Human Movement Science. She graduated from Ithaca College in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training. In May of 2017, she received her Master of Arts in Exercise and Sport Science with a concentration in Athletic Training from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following completion of her Master’s degree, Aliza worked as a Project Coordinator and Research Assistant in the Matthew Gfeller Sport Related Traumatic Brain Injury Center and the Injury Prevention Research Center at UNC Chapel Hill. Her research interests include injury prevention and education surrounding sport related concussion.
Tina is a third year doctoral student in the Interdisciplinary Program in Human Movement Science. She graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in May 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training. She completed her Master of Science in Athletic Training in August 2015 at Texas State University and went on to gain additional experience in a Post-Professional Residency in Athletic Training at Ben Hogan Sports Medicine in Ft. Worth, TX. Tina is interested in visual impairment following concussion and pupillary response changes as a physiological indicator of cognitive workload following sport-related concussion.
Paula currently serves as the Project Manager for the Concussion, Disclosure Behaviors, Attitudes, Norms and Knowledge in Civilian and Military Emerging Adults (BANK) and Active Rehab Studies. Both of these studies work in conjunction with the Injury Prevention Research Center. Paula completed her undergraduate degree in Latin American Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master’s in Public Health, Health Behavior at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Paula is responsible for the implementation of these studies and the overall day to day operations.
Candice currently serves as the Assistant Program Director for the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center and the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes. Candice completed her undergraduate degree in Athletic Training at Temple University and her Master’s in Sports Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. Candice has over 10 years of experience managing & coordinating faculty research portfolios and is responsible for all financial and administrative day to day operations for both Centers.
Erin is a research coordinator in the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center. She graduated from the University of Western Ontario, Canada, in 2011 with a Bachelor's of Arts Honors Specialization in Kinesiology, and played varsity soccer while completing her undergraduate degree. She completed her Master of Science in Kinesiology from Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, in 2013. Erin currently works with the UNC women's soccer team in match analytics and coaches youth soccer teams in the triangle area. Her research interests include sport-related concussion and how they may be applied to coaching best-practices and athlete safety.
Kristen Oakes is a native of Henderson, NC. She is a Junior majoring in Exercise and Sport Science with a specialization in Athletic Training, and minoring in Neuroscience. Kristen plans to pursue her Master's degree ina related field, and hopes to work as a Certified Athletic Trainer in a professional sports setting that experiences high concussion rates. She looks forward to gaining more sports-related TBI knowledge and experience in the Gfeller Center.
Bridget is a research coordinator in the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Center. She graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Athletic Training and a Bachelor of Arts in Movement and Exercise Science Emphasis: Sport Psychology in 2014. As a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at the University of Minnesota, she completed her Masters of Education, Applied Kinesiology Sport Management Professional Studies Track in 2016. She is also a ABC Certified Fitter – orthotics. She is responsible for the day-to-day coordination of the NCAA-DoD Grand Alliance: Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium projects.
Johna Register-Mihalik completed her doctoral studies (advisor: K. Guskiewicz) in 2010 and postdoctoral research fellowship in 2011. Johna is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and core faculty member of the Matthew Gfeller Center.
Ashley (Littleton) Santo completed her doctoral studies (advisor: K. Guskiewicz) in 2015. Ashley is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Towson University.
Julianne (Toler) Schmidt completed her doctoral studies (advisor: K. Guskiewicz) in 2013. Julianne is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Georgia.
Liz Teel completed her doctoral studies (advisor: J. Mihalik) in 2017. Liz is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Research Institute at the McGill University Health Center in Montreal, Quebec (Canada).
Erin Wasserman completed a 1-year postdoctoral research fellowship (advisor: J. Mihalik) in 2016. Erin is now the Director of the NCAA Injury Prevention Program at the Datalys Center for Sports Injury Research and Prevention.