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Mission of Elon BrainCARE Research Institute:

Elon BrainCARE Research Institute is a model of the seamless integration of service, teaching, mentoring, and scholarship that is a hallmark of the Elon Teacher-Scholar. Elon BrainCARE is an interdisciplinary research institute within the College of Arts and Sciences at Elon University. Our mission is to be both a leader and a partner in the facilitation of supportive environments and programs that foster, promote, and nurture a positive mental health climate (e.g., sports medicine, athletics, campus recreation and wellness, counseling services, etc.). To fulfill this mission we also firmly believe we need to be both grounded in, and contribute to, the scholarship in the field around concussion management and education; identity development through sport; and access to high-impact practices.

Elon BrainCARE is actively pursuing multiple areas of inquiry. We implement and practice high quality mentoring of undergraduate students, graduate interns, and high school students from Elon University as well as other institutions. Below are the current ongoing lines of inquiry.

  • Providing service, resources, and education to our campus through baseline and follow-up testing for concussion management and promoting this work to the campus and community
  • Developing, supporting and assessing a climate of positive mental health and Act-Belong-Commit initiatives for the campus
  • Examining high impact practices (e.g., community engagement, undergraduate research, global engagement, e-Portfolios) in student-athletes and enhancing the student-athlete experience


  • Dr. Eric Hall, Professor of Exercise Science and Faculty Athletic Representative, Elon University
  • Dr. Caroline Ketcham, Professor and Chair of Exercise Science, Elon University

Support Elon BrainCARE Research Institute:

While we continually pursue external funding for our research, we do serve our students and student-athletes at Elon with concussion management testing and resources as well as education around mental wellness and concussion knowledge. Donations to Elon BrainCARE support baseline testing software, student and faculty travel to disseminate work, speakers for our annual symposium, and more. We are always looking for partners to help in specific ways, or general support for our mission.

6th Annual Elon BrainCARE Symposium

Thursday March 7, 2019

Making an Impact on the Field of Concussions: Women in Science and Management

McKinnon Hall, 12:30 – 6:00 pm, This event is free and open to the public.

The 6th Annual Elon BrainCARE Symposium will educate the Elon community about issues related to concussions and concussion management in student-athletes. In honor of International Women’s Day, this symposium is dedicated to featuring top women scholars and practitioners doing the science and management of sport concussions and related issues in this important field. Please see for most up-to-date information concerning this symposium. Sponsored by Elon BrainCARE Research Institute and the Department of Exercise Science.


Concussion management session (12:30 – 2:00 pm):

Moderator: Lauren Brown, a BrainCARE, Exercise Science and Women’s Basketball Alum. Completing her MS at University of Georgia. Lauren has been accepted to Medical School at Medical College of Georgia for Fall 2019 and serves as Elon’s Young Board of Trustee.

Hannah Daly & Veronica Mondaca (ATC, Elon); “The Role of an Athletic Trainer on a Sports Medicine Team”
Melissa Bowie (SLP, Moses Cone); “The Role of a Speech Language Pathologist in Concussion Management”
Heather Colleran, (Sports Nutrition, PhD, NC A&T); “The Role of Nutrition and a Sports Dietitian in Concussion Management”
Alanna Conder (Neuropsychology, PsyD, Carolina Neuropsychological Services); “Management of Protracted Post Concussion Syndrome:  Return-to-Learn and Post-Traumatic Headache Treatment Guidelines”

Student Posters (2:00- 2:30 pm): Women scientists in training from Elon University, Wake Forest University, UNC-Chapel Hill, NC A&T, and UNC-Greensboro will present their work on concussion science and management

Science of Concussion Session (2:30 – 4 pm):

Moderator: Kelsey Evans, M.S. , a BrainCARE, Exercise Science and Women’s Basketball Alum. She completed in MS in Exercise Science at Georgia Southern and is a 3rd Year Medical Student at Brody School of Medicine at ECU.

Caroline Ketcham (PhD, Elon); “Barefoot and Unbalanced: Neuromotor System and Concussion Assessment”
Donna Duffy (PhD, UNCG); “Female Athletes and Head Trauma:  What We Know and What We Need to Know”
Jillian Urban (PhD, Wake Forest); “Combining Engineering and Public Health to Improve Sport Safety for Youth Athletes”

Posters/Break (4:00 – 4:15 pm)

Keynote Speakers Session (4:15 – 6 pm):

Moderator: Katherine Arbogast, Exercise Science Major, BrainCARE Research Student, Track and Field Student-Athlete. Katie will be attending Duke University DPT program in Fall 2019.

Johna Register-Mihalek (PhD, UNC); “Concussion Prevention & Treatment: The Next Frontier”
Kristy Arbogast (PhD, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia): “Pediatric Concussion: Who? How? What?”

Past Symposiums

  • 5th Annual Elon BrainCARE Symposium “Mental Health and the Student-Athlete: Innovative Care” (April, 2018)
    • Speakers: Emily Beamon; Robert L Conder; J.D. DeFreese; Scarlett Ruppert
  • 4th Annual Elon BrainCARE Symposium “Mental Health, Resilience and Concussion Knowledge in College Students (April, 2017)
    • Speakers: Nikki Barczak; Zachary Kerr; Emily Kroshus; Jeff Milroy; Lindsey Sanders; Marie Shaw; Brent Walker
  • 3rd Annual Elon BrainCARE Symposium (February, 2016)
    • Speakers: Kelsey Evans; Jessie Oldham; Rob Lynall; Michael J. Petrizzi; Michelle Landry; Michelle Krishel; Christopher Neal; Richard Strosky
  • 2nd Annual Elon BrainCARE Symposium (May, 2015)
    • Speakers: Jay Alberts; Marty Baker; Tom Buckley; Cayce Crenshaw; Derek Lawrance; Carly Ledbetter; Kirtida Patel; Mark Sundman; Mary Tendler; Eleanna Varangis; Ethan Williams
  • 1st Annual Elon BrainCARE Symposium (April, 2014)
    • Speakers: Kenneth Barnes; Joseph Devaney; Matthew Kostek; Kirtida Patel; Robert Roche; Christopher Vaughan

Information for Athletes regarding Concussions

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