Concussion Research Laboratory

Meet Our Team

Thomas Buckley, Ed.D., ATC

Dr. Buckley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology as well as the Biomechanics and Movement Science (BIOMS) program at the University of Delaware.  Prior to arriving at UD, Dr. Buckley was an Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology at Georgia Southern (2007-2014).  Previously, Dr. Buckley was an Assistant Professor in the CAAHEP/CAATE accredited Athletic Training program at Dominican College (2001 – 2007) in Orangeburg NY and had served as an Adjunct Instructor in the Physical Education program at the City University of New York – Hunter College (1997 – 2001).  Dr. Buckley his doctorate in Applied Physiology from Columbia University’s Teachers College, is master’s degree in Athletic Training from Indiana State University, and his bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Springfield College.  Dr. Buckley’s primary research interests as in sports related concussions and repetitive head impacts and his work has been funded by the National Institute of Health/Neurological Disorders and Stroke (R03 and R15), the Office of Naval Research, the NCAA/DoD CARE project, the Delaware Economic Development Office, and the Army Research Office. Google Scholar Link

Graduate Students

Kelsey Bryk, M.S.

Kelsey is a 5th year doctoral student in the Biomechanics and Movement Science (BIOMS) program at the University of Delaware. The lab’s resident Canuck, Kelsey earned her Bachelor of Science with Honors in Biopsychology from the University of Winnipeg where she completed an senior thesis entitled, “Assessing the Chronic Effects of a History of Concussion on the Functional Integrity of the Corpus Callosum: Developing a Novel Tool for Concussion Assessment” under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Smith. Kelsey then earned her Master of Science in Health and Exercise Sciences from the University of British Columbia, Okanagan where she completed her thesis entitled, “Cumulative Effects on Subconcussive Hits in Sports Executive Function” under the direction of Dr. Paul van Donlelaar. Kelsey is a contributing author on 2 published manuscripts and 13 conference abstracts. Kelsey’s research interest is focused on exercise interventions for treatment of post-concussion syndrome. Google Scholar Link

Katherine Hunzinger, M.S., CEP

Katie is a 3rd year doctoral student in the Biomechanics and Movement Science (BIOMS) program at the University of Delaware. Katie earned her Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Northern Illinois University where she was a member of their Women’s Division I Rugby Team. Katie then earned her Master of Science in Health & Exercise Science from Wake Forest University where she completed her thesis entitled, “The Influence of Stride Length, Knee Stiffness, and Leg Strength on the Associations Between Bone Mineral Density, Lean and Fat Mass, and Knee Joint Compressive Forces Among Older Adults with Knee Osteoarthritis” under the direction of Dr. Stephen Messier. Prior to the University of Delaware, Katie worked as a clinical exercise physiologist and clinical researcher for Wake Forest University, a strength and conditioning educator for USA Rugby, and a rugby referee. Katie’s research interest is focused on subsequent musculoskeletal injuries following a concussion in the athletic and military populations. Google Scholar Link

Recent Alumni


Eduardo Arocha, B.S (Physical Therapy Student, University of Delaware)

 

 

 

 


Amy Bednarek, B.S., ATC (Physical Therapy Student, University of Delaware)


Chelsea Best, M.S., ATC (Assistant Athletic Trainer, Indiana University)

 


Katherine Breedlove, Ph.D. (Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Michigan)


Steven Browne, M.S., ATC (Assistant Athletic Trainer, University of Delaware)


Lauren (Kriebel) DiCerchio, M.S., ATC (Athletic Trainer, Tower Health Medicine Group)


Caroline Howard, M.S., ATC (Assistant Athletic Trainer, University of Delaware)

 


Jessie Oldham, PhD (Post-Doctoral Fellow, Boston Children’s Hospital)