MomsTEAM Institute Boards of Advisors

The Institute's Board of Advisors is working with the Institute staff in the development of youth sports health and safety best practices for our Smart Team program.  The following individuals have agreed to serve as advisors:

Laura J. Balcer, M.D., M.S.C.E. Professor of Neurology and Population Health Vice Chair Department of Neurology NYU Langone Medical Center New York, New York

Andrew M. Blecher, M.D. Primary Care Sports Medicine Medical Director, Center for Rehabilitation Medicine Director, SCORE Concussion Program Van Nuys, California

Brenda Eagan Brown, MEd., CBIS BrainSTEPS Coordinator Brain Injury School Re-Entry Consulting Program Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania

Douglas J. Casa, Ph.D., ATC, FACSM, FNATA Professor, Department of Kinesiology Director, Athletic Training Education Chief Operating Officer, Korey Stringer Institute Research Associate, Human Performance Laboratory Storrs, Connecticut

Nancy Clark, MS, RD. CSSD Sports Nutritionist Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Deron Colby, J.D. Janus Capital Law Group, PC Irvine, California

Donald C. Collins, JD Commissioner of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), San Francisco Section San Francisco, California

R. Dawn Comstock, Ph.D.​ Associate Professor of Epidemiology Colorado School of Public Health Aurora, Colorado

Tracey Covassin, Ph.D., ATC Associate Professor Undergraduate Athletic Training Program Director Michigan State University East Lansing, Michigan

Joe Ehrman Former player, National Football League Coach for America Hunt Valley, Maryland

Dave Ellemberg, Ph.D. Professeur agrégé Département de kinésiologie Laboratoire de la neuropsychologie du sport et du développement Université de Montréal

Rhonda Fincher Executive Director Kendrick Fincher Hydration Foundation Rogers, Arkansas

Glenn S. Fleisig, Ph.D. Research Director American Sports Medicine Institute Birmingham, Alabama

Christopher Giza, M.D. Assistant Professor Divisions of Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, Neurosurgery Department of Neurosurgery David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA Los Angeles, California

Alan S. Goldberger, J.D. Brown Moskowitz & Kallen, P.C. Summit, New Jersey

Brian Hainline, M.D. Chief Medical Officer National Collegiate Athletic Association Indianapolis, Indiana

Neeru A Jayanthi, MD, USPTA Director, Tennis Medicine Associate Program Director Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Associate Professor Departments of Orthopaedics and Family Medicine Emory University Atlanta, Georgia

Chris Koutures, MD, FAAP Pediatric & Sports Medicine Specialist Team Physician USA Volleyball/Cal State Fullerton Anaheim Hills, California

James MacDonald, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, FACSM Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Family Medicine, The Ohio State University Nationwide Children's Hospital Division of Sports Medicine Web Editor, Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine Dublin, Ohio

Allison Maurer, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS Sports Dietitian University of Tennessee Athletics Knoxville, Tennessee

Tamara C. Valovich McLeod, Ph.D., ATC, FNATA John P. Wood, D.O., Endowed Chair for Sports Medicine Professor, Athletic Training Program Director, Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory Director, Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences A.T. Still University Mesa, Arizona

Johna K. Register-Mihalik, PhD, LAT, ATC Assistant Professor, Exercise and Sport Science Research Scientist, Injury Prevention Research Center Faculty, Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related TBI Research Center Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Rosemarie Scolaro Moser, Ph.D., ABN Director, Sports Concussion Center of New Jersey Adjunct Professor, Widener University Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Toben F. Nelson, ScD Associate Professor School of Public Health Division of Epidemiology & Community Health University of Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota

Kelly Sarmiento, MPH Director, Heads Up Program National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta, Georgia

Holly Silvers, MPT Director of Research Santa Monica Sports Medicine Foundation FIFA Medical Center of Excellence Santa Monica, California

Katherine Starr Two-time Olympic Swimmer Founder and Executive Director, Safe4Athletes Santa Monica, California

Lindsey Barton Straus, JD Senior Editor and Director of Research MomsTEAM Institute Concord, Massachusetts

Hal Tearse Former Coach-in-Chief & Safety Director Minnesota Hockey Minnetonka, Minnesota

Frank M. Webbe, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology Faculty Athletics Representative Florida Institute of Technology Melbourne, Florida

Bryan Williams, Ph.D. Research Associate Professor Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing Emory University Atlanta, Georgia

Susan Yeargin, Ph.D., ATC Assistant Professor Physical Education and Athletic Training Department University of South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina

Head Injury/Concussion Working Group

  • Laura J. Balcer
  • Andrew M. Blecher
  • Brenda Eagan Brown
  • Deron Colby
  • Tracey Covassin
  • Dave Ellemberg
  • Christopher Giza
  • James MacDonald
  • Tamara C. Valovich McLeod
  • Johna K. Register-Mihalik
  • Rosemarie Scolaro Moser
  • Kelly Sarmiento
  • Ben Utecht
  • Frank M. Webbe

Emergency Action Plan/Cardiac Working Group

  • Douglas J. Casa
  • Heat Illness Working Group

Douglas J. Casa

  • Rhonda Fincher
  • Susan Yeargin,

Nutrition Working Group

  • Nancy Clark
  • Allison Maurer
  • Toben F. Nelson

Sexual Abuse/Emotional/Psychiatric Injury Working Group

  • Joe Ehrman
  • Katherine Starr

Overuse Injuries/Orthopedic Working Group

  • Neeru A Jayanthi
  • James MacDonald
  • Bryan Williams
  • Glenn S. Fleisig
  • Holly Silvers

Law And Sports Injuries Working Group

  • Alan S. Goldberger
  • Donald C. Collins

Pediatric Sports Injuries Working Group

  • Chris Koutures
  • James MacDonald

Strength and Conditioning Working Group

  • Cynthia A. Trowbridge

At-Large Members

  • Brian Hainline
  • R. Dawn Comstock
  • Hal Tearse