Heads Up Mississippi Concussion Conference

R.J. Elbin, PhD


R.J. Elbin, PhD

Associate Professor

Director, Office for Sport Concussion Research

Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation

University of Arkansas

Dr. R.J. Elbin is an Associate Professor in Exercise Science at the University of Arkansas and is director of the Office for Sport Concussion Research. Dr. Elbin received a doctorate in Kinesiology from Michigan State University in 2010 and completed a two-year post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program. Dr. Elbin’s research focuses on developing best practice for concussion education; identifying factors that contribute to concussion risk and prolonged recovery; and documenting the persistent effects of concussion on neurocognitive, psychosocial, and vestibular/oculomotor functioning in youth and adolescent athletes. Dr. Elbin has authored/co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications and 150 professional presentations on sport-related concussion. In 2015, Dr. Elbin was an invited participant of the 2015 Targeted Evaluation and Active Management (TEAM) Approaches to Treating Concussion Meeting in Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Elbin was a 2018 recipient of an Early Career Award from the Sport Neuropsychological Society.

Brian Hainline, MD


Brian Hainline, MD

Chief Medical Officer, National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA)
Clinical Professor of Neurology, Indiana University School of Medicine and New York University School of Medicine

Dr. Brian Hainline is the Chief Medical Officer of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).  As the NCAA’s first Chief Medical Officer, he oversees the NCAA Sport Science Institute, a national center of excellence.  Under his leadership, the NCAA has partnered with the Department of Defense (DoD) to conduct a multi-million dollar, multi-year, and multi-institution research study on the natural history and recovery from concussion. 


For over 20 years, Dr. Hainline has been actively involved in sports medicine, including serving as Chief Medical Officer of the US Open Tennis Championships and the United States Tennis Association. Also, Dr. Hainline is currently vice-chair of the American Academy of Neurology’s Sports Neurology Section and Clinical Professor of Neurology at New York University School of Medicine and Indiana University School of Medicine.

Tamara C. Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA


Tamara C. Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA

John P. Wood Endowed Chair for Sports Medicine

Professor and Director, Athletic Training Programs

Director, Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory

Director, Secondary School Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network

Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences

Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T. Still University

Dr. Tamara McLeod is the Athletic Training Program Director, Professor of Athletic Training and the John P. Wood, D.O., Endowed Chair for Sports Medicine at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona.  A.T. Still University's (ATSU) Concussion Program, under Dr. McLeod’s direction, serves as a resource for sport-related concussion education, research, and service for young athletes, parents, coaches, and administrators.  Additionally, ATSU's Concussion Program is engaged in numerous research projects focusing on concussion awareness, assessment tools and interventions to enhance recovery.  

She is a fellow of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and also director of ATSU's Arizona School of Health Sciences' Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory and the Athletic Training Practice Based Research Network. Her research has focused on the pediatric athlete with respect to sport-related concussion.  Dr. McLeod was a contributing author for NATA's position statement on the Management of Sport Related Concussion.

Melissa Womble, PhD



Melissa Womble, PhD


Director of Inova Sports Medicine Concussion Program, Fairfax, VA


Dr. Melissa Womble is a clinical neuropsychologist and director of the Inova Sports Medicine Concussion Program in Fairfax/Gainesville, Virginia. She earned her Ph.D. in combined-integrated clinical and counseling psychology from University of South Alabama, with a pre-doctoral internship at Henry Ford Medical Center in adult neuropsychology. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship in neuropsychology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program. Her research has focused on individual differences and risk factors influencing recovery following sport-related concussion, influence of specific treatment factors/behavioral management strategies on concussion outcomes, test-retest reliability and performance validity testing.


Jennifer C. Reneker, PT, MSPT, PhD


Jennifer C. Reneker, PT, MSPT, PhD


Associate Professor and Coordinator of Research

Department Physical Therapy, School of Health Related Professions

Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine

Associate Professor, Department of Population Health Sciences,

John D. Bower School of Population Health

University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS


Dr. Jennifer Reneker joined UMMC in April of 2016.  She is the leader of the UMMC team selected by the Association of American Medical College (AAMC) to develop an equitable systems approach for a population health need.  Adolescent sport-related concussion prevention is the focus of the team’s work.  Through active engagement with a variety of stakeholders across the state, there are many efforts being undertaken to enhance concussion practices in Mississippi.

Prior to coming to UMMC in April of 2016, Dr. Reneker was a faculty member at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio.  While there, she conducted collaborative research with Akron Children’s Hospital Sports Medicine Center, authoring multiple publications on sports-related concussion and rehabilitative management of symptoms after concussion.  Jennifer was recently awarded an intramural grant to study a novel concussion prevention intervention in collegiate soccer players.  Dr. Reneker is a board certified clinical specialist in neurologic physical therapy and has a certification in vestibular rehabilitation.  She has a PhD in public health, specializing in epidemiology, from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.  


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With the exception of Dr. Melissa Womble, she’s an independent contractor with IMPACT. To ensure a fair and unbiased presentation today her presentation has been peer reviewed.


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