Currently my area of research is primarily focused on concussions, specifically:(a) to gain a better understanding of how head injuries (traumatic brain injury) affect the patient and develop a research based tool for the medical community to utilize for evaluating patients post traumatic injury, (b) evaluate the role neck strength plays in the incidence of concussion, (c) the biomechanical impacts that occur in youth sports, and (d) the effectiveness of current education in concussion awareness.
Past research interests include: (a) work within the field of aquatics research to better the understanding of common issues that affect the general public; (b) development of critical thinking and education of students with the following goals: (a) to develop a model for engaging students in the classroom and to challenge them to reach beyond the subject matter and grasp the fundamental message of the lesson; (b) to help dispel the stereotype perpetuated by the media of low graduation rates for student athletes by focusing on comparisons between typical students and their athletic counterparts.
I have served as the Program Director for the CAATE accredited undergraduate Athletic Training Program at WSU and teach a variety of courses within the program. As director of the ATP, I supervise the academic program, coordinate accreditation, while providing direction and oversite for student experiences with the WSU Intercollegiate Athletics Department and various off-campus clinical rotations.
- 2017 Northwest Athletic Training Association Outstanding Service Award
- 2015 Teaching Excellence Award from WSU College of Education
- 2015 Outstanding Thesis Advisor, WSU Honor’s College
- BA, Whitworth College, Spokane, WA, 1998
- MS, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 2001
- PhD, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, 2005