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Concussion Experts

Michael (Micky) Collins, PhD
Medical Director

Dr. Collins is an internationally renowned expert in sports-related concussion. A leading clinician and researcher, Dr. Collins is currently the program director of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program. Established in 2000, it is the first and largest research and clinical program that is focused on the diagnosis, evaluation, and management of sports-related concussion in athletes of all levels. Dr. Collins’ expertise attracts many elite and professional athletes from around the world to seek his comprehensive clinical care. On a yearly basis, Dr. Collins treats thousands of high school, college, and professional athletes with concerns regarding safe return to play following concussion and treatment/rehabilitation of the injury. Dr. Collins is a co-founder of ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing), the first and most widely used computerized sports-concussion evaluation system, which has become a standard of care in nearly all organized sports at all levels. Dr. Collins is currently a consultant to the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins, and is an adviser to numerous professional athletic organizations, both nationally and internationally.

A graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology, Dr. Collins earned a master’s degree in psychology and a doctorate in clinical psychology at Michigan State University. He completed an internship at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida and a postdoctoral fellowship at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit.

Vanessa H. Fazio, PhD
With a specialty in psychology and a sub-specialty in neuropsychology, Dr. Fazio is an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. She also is part of UPMC’s internationally known team studying the neurocognitive effects of sports-related concussion. She helps to develop better methods of evaluation to determine when it is safe for an athlete to return to sports.

Jonathan French, PsyD
Dr. French is a neuropsychologist and clinical instructor at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He specializes in neurocognitive psychology and has extensive background training in the study of sports concussion. Dr. French offers expertise in neurocognitive assessment of sports-related concussion and recovery, concussions in adolescent athletes, and post-traumatic migraine.

He completed a doctoral program in clinical psychology from Widener University in Chester, Pa., as well as a neuropsychology fellowship in sports concussion at UPMC.

Nathan E. Kegel, PhD
Dr. Kegel is a member of the University of Pittsburgh Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and specializes in sports medicine. After completing his fellowship at UPMC in the area of sports medicine neuropsychology, he joined the clinical and research team in the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program and serves as an instructor in the Division of Sports Medicine.

A native of Pittsburgh, Dr. Kegel completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, and obtained his master's and doctoral degrees from Duquesne University. He has extensive background training in pediatric neuropsychology.

Alicia Puskar, PsyD
Specializing in concussion and mild traumatic brain injury, Dr. Puskar is a clinical neuropsychologist and instructor at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Her research interests include biopsychosocial factors impacting concussion in adult populations. 

She completed a doctoral program in clinical psychology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a postdoctoral fellowship from Kreinbrook Psychological Services in Greensburg, Pa., and a neuropsychology fellowship in sports concussion at UPMC. 

Erin Reynolds, PsyD
Dr. Reynolds is a clinical neuropsychologist and instructor at the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. She specializes in neurocognitive psychology, with a particular focus on sports concussion and its many related conditions. Dr. Reynolds offers expertise in assessment of sports-related concussion, recovery within a pediatric and adolescent population, and biopsychosocial aspects of recovery from sports-related concussion.

She completed a doctoral program in clinical psychology from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology in Boston, Mass., a clinical neuropsychology residency at Bedford VA Medical Center in Bedford, Mass., and a neuropsychology fellowship in sports concussion at UPMC.

Alicia Sufrinko, PhD
Alicia Sufrinko, PhD, is a clinical neuropsychologist with the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program and clinical instructor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Sufrinko completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology and biological sciences at Marquette University. She then earned a doctorate in clinical health psychology with an emphasis in neuropsychology at East Carolina University. Dr. Sufrinko completed her predoctoral internship in neuropsychology at the University of Florida/Shands Hospital and a two year postdoctoral fellowship with the UPMC Sports Concussion Program.

Dr. Sufrinko’s clinical interests include assessment and management of sports-related concussions within pediatric and adolescent populations. Her current research interests include the role of sleep in recovery from concussion, and identifying risk factors for injury and poor outcomes following concussion.

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To schedule an appointment with one of our concussion experts, call 412-432-3681.

UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program

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