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Linas Augustine Bieliauskas, PhD

Linas Augustine Bieliauskas, PhD

Dr. Bieliauskas is a clinical specialist in neuropsychology, closed head injuries, dementing disorders, and Parkinson’s disease.

His research interests include: cognitive and personality changes with normal and abnormal aging, psychometric indicators of cognitive disorders, depression and dementia, neuropsychological predictors of critical life tasks, and cognitive changes in chronic disease.

Dr. Eckner received his M.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University and his M.S. degree from the University of Michigan in Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis. His research addresses mild traumatic brain injury in athletes, including concussion prevention through neck strengthening exercise, concussion biomechanics, determining the role of reaction time testing in concussion assessment, long term effects of concussion on neurological health, as well as, in the management and rehabilitation of athletes.

Dr. Eckner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Director of Clinical Research, Michigan NeuroSport and PM&R Concussion Programs, and Director of the PM&R Resident Research Program, in addition to the Michigan Concussion Center’s Research Associate Director.

Rebecca Hasson, PhD, is an associate professor in the Schools of Kinesiology and Public Health and Director of the Childhood Disparities Research Laboratory and Active Schools & Communities Core Unit at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dr. Hasson has developed a nationally recognized cross-disciplinary research program that takes an environmental, behavioral, and biological perspective to understand racial/ethnic disparities in the development of obesity and obesity-related health complications in children and adolescents. Her research also aims to reduce disparities through the design and implementation of behavioral interventions.

Dr. Seagly is a licensed psychologist, and a clinical neuropsychologist, as well as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.  She is the Director of the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Rehabilitation Program. She received her Ph.D. from the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology.  She completed her clinical internship at the Rusk Institute of Rehabilitation Medicine at New York University and her APPCN neuropsychology fellowship at the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan.  She trained for three years in TBI Model Systems prior to accepting a TBI-focused faculty position in the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology and Neuropsychology (RPN) in 2017.  Since joining the University of Michigan, she has started an RPN adult concussion program incorporating both brief assessment and intervention, and has been collaborating with Brain Injury Medicine physicians on further development of the inpatient TBI program, incorporating the Learning Health System for improving patient care and research on TBI outcomes.  Her research interests are primarily in the areas of psychosocial, cognitive and quality of life outcomes following TBI, concussion outcomes, performance validity tests, and improving collaborative rehabilitation treatment.

Dr. Karvonen-Gutierrez is an Assistant Professor of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan. Dr. Karvonen-Gutierrez’s research focuses on the impact of chronological aging, reproductive aging and obesity and their intersections, on the development and progression of chronic disease and musculoskeletal outcomes through the creation of a metabolically-dysfunctional and pro-inflammatory environment. To address her research agenda, Dr. Karvonen-Gutierrez pursues mechanistic and biologic hypotheses using both epidemiologic and clinical research designs leveraging her leadership in ongoing cohort studies as well as new data collection efforts.

Adam is one of the pioneers in developing modern methods of quantitative risk assessment and cost-benefit analysis. He was the chief scientist at the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration during the Clinton administration, and later OSHA’s chief enforcement official in the Rocky Mountain states. He was a faculty member at Princeton University (policy school), Rutgers (school of public health), and Penn (law school) before coming to UM. He has written several articles recently in the public health and legal literature on the risks of CTE in football and possible public-private collaborations to reduce them.

Dr. Veliz is a Research Associate Professor at the School of Nursing’s Applied Biostatistics Laboratory and Associate Director of the Sport, Health, and Activity Research and Policy Center. Dr. Veliz’s research primarily involves examining large-scale secondary data sets to assess adolescent substance use, health, and participation in organized sports. As a data analyst, Dr. Veliz has published extensively using data sets like the Monitoring the Future, Youth Risk Behavior Survey, and Office of Civil Rights Data Collection and continues to work with new and existing secondary data sources that focus on substance use and health. Dr. Veliz is currently co-investigator on several NIH funded projects assessing prescription drug use, cigarette, and e-cigarette use using data from the Monitoring the Future and National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions-III.

Dr. Mark E. Oppenlander is a board-certified neurosurgeon at the University of Michigan Departments of Neurological Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery. He specializes in complex spinal operations, including spinal deformity, scoliosis, spinal tumors, thoracic disc disease, craniovertebral junction surgery, robotics in neurosurgery, and trauma. Dr. Oppenlander has published numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and abstracts, and participated in conferences at the state, national, and international level with multiple invited presentations. He serves as faculty for the AANS Coding and Reimbursement Committee and is an Unaffiliated Neurotrauma Consultant for the National Football League (NFL).

Dr. Matthew Lorincz earned his MD and PhD at Wayne State University and completed residency and fellowship training in the Department of Neurology at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Lorincz is a Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Michigan. He is Co-Director of the Michigan Sports Neurology clinic, Michigan NeuroSport, Associate Director of the Michigan Concussion Center Clinical core and on the Michigan Concussion Center Executive committee.

Dr. Lorincz specializes in Sports Neurology with an emphasis on treatment of acute concussions and the long-term consequences of concussion, as well as management of neurological disorders in athletes.

Dr. Lorincz is a team physician for, Eastern Michigan University, USA Hockey and the US Ski and Snowboard. He acts as a consultant to University of Michigan Athletics and has also served as a consultant to the National Basketball Association.

Dr. Lorincz’s current research interests are in optimizing recovery of sport-related concussion and the long-term consequences of concussion in sport.

A full list of his publications can be found here.

Dr. Ingrid Ichesco received her MD from the University of Illinois College of Medicine. She completed her residency training in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan, and her fellowship training in Primary Care Sports Medicine at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Ichesco practices pediatric sports medicine and her clinic focuses on sport-related musculoskeletal injuries and concussion in youth athletes.

Dr. Ichesco is an Assistant Professor and is the Sports Medicine Section Chief in the Department of Pediatrics. She is a part of the Michigan NeuroSport Program. Her research interests include concussion education and prevention in youth athletes.