Ms. Walter began working with the center in Spring of 2013. Over the past three years, Alexa has become a valuable asset to the research team. She completed her undergraduate honors thesis research with us on the impact of sub-concussive blows on virtual reality and academic scores. Ms. Walter graduated from Penn State in May 2015 with her B.S. in biology: neuroscience. She is now continuing her research at the center as a graduate student working towards her Ph.D.
ATC, MEd/Ph.D. Candidate
Mr. Wilkes received his BS degree in Kinesiology with a focus in Athletic Training in 2013 from Penn State University. He then served as a support staff member with Penn State Athletics helping assist with Varsity, Club, and Intramural sports coverage for two years. Mr. Wilkes took a Graduate position with the Penn State Men’s Rugby team for two years before completing his MEd at Penn State University in 2017. He currently serves as a Certified Athletic Trainer to assist athletics with medical coverage as well as strengthen the relationship between the concussion lab and Penn State Athletics. He is also currently working towards a PhD in Kinesiology with a focus on the effects of exercise in concussion.
John Gaspich III
Mr. Gaspich began working with the Center for Sport Concussion in Fall 2014, majoring in biology:neuroscience and minoring in kinesiology. John’s passion for pediatric concussion research stems from his firsthand personal experience with pediatric TBI. John experienced, lived through, and functioned as a caregiver during his brother’s recovery over a seven year period from a severe concussive injury. Upon graduation, John intends to pursue an integrated medical degree program, either M.D./M.B.A or M.D./PhD.
Ms. Gupta joined the center as an undergraduate intern as a sophomore in 2015 as a pre-medical: neuroscience student. After her own serious brain injury in 2014, she has developed a great passion for studying brain injuries. She aspires to become a specialist in brain injury therapies to help other patients. She has written a chapter with Dr. Wayne Sebastianelli, titled “The Paradigm Shift of Concussions and their Management in an Orthopedic Setting” for the book Neuropsychological Perspectives on Sports-Related Concussions.
Ms. Wilson started volunteering at the center her freshman year at Penn State, and has continued to contribute to our research over the past four semesters. She is currently a rising junior majoring in chemical engineering, and is expected to graduate in Fall 2018. After graduating from Penn State she plans to attend medical school to specialize in sports medicine.
Ms. Milas began working as an intern for the center in Spring 2015 as a freshman. She started working with us early in her college career to prepare to do her senior honors thesis on concussion at the center. After graduating from Penn State, she plans to attend medical school to specialize in sports medicine focusing on concussive injury. Natalie’s dream job would be to work in pediatrics and continue her research as a clinician.
Ms. Hickey is currently a Junior and began working as an undergraduate intern for the center in Fall 2016. She is majoring in Biobehavioral Health and minoring in Biology. Her interest in the lab stems from her sports background and experiencing her own sports related injuries, as well as the ever-increasing coverage about concussions in today’s media. Following graduation from Penn State, she plans to continue her education and attend school to be a physician assistant.
Ms. Coury is currently a sophomore majoring in biology: neuroscience. She began working as an undergraduate intern for the center in Spring 2017. Her passion for concussion research stemmed from her experience suffering from several traumatic brain injuries throughout her childhood. After graduating from Penn State, she plans on attending medical school to pursue a specialty in neurological surgery.
Mr. Giannanqeli is a sophomore bio medical engineering student and is also on the wrestling team. He has been involved in sports all his life, which is what spiked his interest in concussions and concussion research. After graduation he plans to start his career as a bio medical engineer and possibility get into research of his own in the future.
Ms. Meszar is a freshman currently planning to major in general science with a biomedical science and health professions option, and is hoping to minor in kinesiology. After graduation, she plans to continue her education through a physician assistant program and start a career soon after that. Her interest stemmed from her numerous years participating in sports and seeing the brain related injuries that could occur.
Ms. Higgins is a senior studying kinesiology with a movement science specialty. She started working for the center in Fall 2016. Sarah’s passion for sports orthopedics and concussion research comes from her involvement in various sports throughout her whole life as well as from suffering from multiple concussions. After graduating, she plans on attending graduate school to become a Physicians assistant specializing in sports orthopedics or neuroscience.
Mr. Luba is a sophomore majoring in biology. This will be his first semester volunteering at the center. He has played football much of his life, which has led to an interest in concussions and working at the center. After graduation, he would like to attend medical school.
Mr. Ceasar is a sophomore majoring in Biology and working towards a business certificate on the side. He is currently planning on attending either medical school for sports medicine, or optometry school. He joined the concussion research center because of his interest in how the brain works, and also had a family member whose life was severely affected by a concussion.
Ms. Kaudy began working as an intern for the center in Summer 2017 as a premedical: neuroscience student. After graduating from Penn State, she plans to attend medical school to pursue a specialty in either neurology or orthopedic surgery. She became interested in joining the concussion research center after facing many concussions of her own from playing volleyball. Her own concussions also led her to an overall interest in how the brain functions.
Ms. Kondeti is currently a sophomore majoring in Kinesiology. She began working as a volunteer at the center in Summer 2017. Her interest in the lab stems from her fascination with prevention and rehabilitation of concussions. After graduating from Penn State, she plans on attending medical school.
Mr. Cohen is a Sophomore majoring in Economics and Pre-Medicine.
He developed a passion for concussion research from personal experience; he had to miss 2 years of college due to concussions. After graduating, Mr. Cohen hopes to go to medical school and specialize in neurology with a focus on Traumatic Brain Injuries.
Ms. Whales is a sophomore majoring in BBH and also is a member of the women’s rugby team. She is unsure of her plans after her bachelors but plans on either going to grad school or going to PA school. She became interested in working in the concussion lab after suffering multiple concussions while playing various sports.
Ms. Montesano is a junior majoring in Kinesiology. As a past student athlete, she was exposed to sports-related injuries, which sparked her interest in concussions. After graduating from Penn State, she plans to attend medical school and to one day specialize in orthopedic surgery to help other student athletes.
Mr. Fornini is a senior majoring in Kinesiology and has been working at the center since the Fall of 2017. After multiple concussions in high school that put an end to his wrestling career, he has been intrigued with brain injuries. After graduating, Mr. Fornini plans on working at the center for another year before attending medical school.
Mr. Earl began working with the Center in Fall 2017, majoring in Kinesiology and pursuing a Smeal College Business Fundamentals Certificate. Sam’s passion for concussion research increased after his own nine week concussion, being treated by the Center’s very own Dr. Peter Seidenberg, MD. After graduating, he plans to do something within exercise physiology specializing in concussion treatment, management, and prevention.
Biology Vertebrae/ Physiology Major
Sustaining a concussion while competing in high school sports intrigued Mr. Matthew’s interest on why a concussion can be so devastating with so many side effects.
After Penn State, Mr. Matthew plans to attend medical school, and working in the concussion center will help him look into how the brain is affected during an injury, like a concussion.
Mr. Leibowitz is a junior double majoring in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering. He chose this dual-degree program due to a fascination with biomechanics and sport research, which he is able to participate in through the center. Using both his education and experiences, he hopes to apply his skills in a career path that will tackle the medical industry’s biggest challenges and impact lives along the way.
Mr. Peters is currently a sophomore majoring in Biology with a vertebrate physiology option, and is hoping to minor in French and Kinesiology. His interest in concussion research stems from a passion for fitness, sports medicine, and helping others, as well as sports involvement throughout his life. After graduating, he would love to apply what he has learned in the lab and attend medical school.
Mr. Wilkie is currently a Junior majoring in Kinesiology Movement Science. He began working as an undergraduate intern for the center in Spring 2017. His interest in sport concussion research is rooted in personal experiences sustaining multiple concussions as well as playing sports throughout high school. After graduating, he plans on attending graduate school to become a physical therapist specializing in neurology and orthopedics.