2019 Grant Awardees

New Investigator

Luke Donovan, PhD, ATC
Abbey Thomas, PhD, ATC
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
“External versus internal feedback on biomechanics and self-reported function in patients with chronic ankle instability”

Rebecca Lopez, PhD, ATC, CSCS
University of South Florida
“Physiological, perceptual & hydration measures of high school football players during preseason practices in the heat”


Kelsey Picha, PhD, ATC
A.T. Still University of Health Sciences
“Athletic Trainers’ Perceptions and Observation of Social Determinants of Health”

Janet Simon, PhD, ATC
Ohio University
“Functional Evaluation to Optimize Patient-Reported Outcomes and Decrease Subsequent Lower Extremity Injury Risk”

Cailee Welch Bacon, PhD, ATC
A.T. Still University of Health Sciences
“Former Residents’ and Employers’ Perceptions of Residency Training in Athletic Training”.

Rebecca Hirschorn, MS, SCAT, ATC, NRAEMT
University of South Carolina
“The Epidemiology of EMS Activations for Sport-Related Injuries by Athletic Training Service Level”

Sarah Myers, MEd, LAT, ATC
University of Connecticut
“Identifying Developmentally Effective Experiences and Self-Authorship Development among Professional Masters Athletic Training Students”

Kyoungyoun Park-Brawell
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
“The impact of differential knee laxity on brain function during knee joint loading”

David Sherman, DPT, ATC
The University of Toledo
“Novel assessment of Quadriceps Motor Unit Behavior after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction”

Kemery Sigmund, MS, ATC
University of Wisconsin Milwaukee
“Do Females with Patellofemoral Pain Exhibit Altered Conditioned Pain Modulation Compared to Pain-Free Females?”

Christina VanderVegt, MS, ATC
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Pupillary Response to Cognitive Load as a Physiological Index of Neural Resource Utilization Following Concussion”


Kelly Johnson, LAT, ATC
Old Dominion University
“The short-term and long-term effects of balance rehabilitation in those with chronic ankle instability”

Lauryn Lanzer, LAT, ATC
University of Kentucky
“Deficits in Disease and Patient Oriented Outcomes in Adolescents with Chronic Ankle Instability’s”