Ms. Walter began working with our center in Spring of 2013. Over the past three years, Alexa has become a valuable asset to our 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.
Ms. Schilken is currently a junior majoring in psychology:neuroscience and minoring in biology. She began working with the center in the Fall of 2014. After completing her degree at Penn State, she plans to attend graduate school before pursuing a career in the health sciences.
Mr. May began volunteering at the center in April of 2016. After completing his undergraduate degree at Penn State, Derrick plans to pursue a career in orthopedic surgery and earn his MBA, after which he hopes to spend 3 years of active duty in the Navy before finishing his residency.
Ms. Drexel joined the center as an undergraduate intern in Spring 2015. She is currently a sophomore majoring in psychology:neuroscience and minoring in biology. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree at Penn State, she plans to continue concussion and neuropsychology research in graduate school.
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.
Mr. DeGregory began getting involved with the center’s research in Fall 2015. He is a biological sciences and health professions major. Vincent is on track to graduate in August 2016, but plans to still continue to volunteer at our concussion center for the following year. After graduating from Penn State he plans to attend medical school in August 2017.
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 our 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. Cvanciger began working as an intern for our center in Fall 2015. She is majoring in kinesiology and minoring in biology. Grace currently works as an EMT for the University Ambulance Service. After graduating from Penn State, she plans to continue her education to pursue a career as a physician assistant.
Ms. Milas began working as an intern for our 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 our 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 freshman and began working as a volunteer for our center in Fall 2016. She became interested in the lab after experiencing her own sports related injuries and the increase of concussions in media. After graduating from Penn State with a degree in Biobehavioral Health, 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 our 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 sophomore studying kinesiology. 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 is currently a freshman majoring in Pre-Med. 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 freshman majoring in Kinesiology. She began working as a volunteer at our 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.
Mr. Doyle is a senior who joined the center in 2016. He studies immunology & infectious disease with biology, microbiology, and Spanish minors. As a member of the Penn State Boxing Team, he is passionate about the safety of contact sports and hopes to continue to study the effects of traumatic brain injuries while attending medical school.