Patricia McDonough-Ryan, PhD Presented 1st CC + CC 2.0
obtained her Doctorate in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Cincinnati and completed her
residency at the Atlanta VA and pediatric fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC).
During her 7-year tenure as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CCHMC and UC College of Medicine, Dr.
Ryan served as the lead neuropsychologist for CCHMC’s outpatient multidisciplinary rehabilitation program for
children recovering from TBI and other neurological conditions. During this time she worked on the
concussion management team for the NFL Cincinnati Bengal’s.
Dr. Ryan recently moved to Connecticut and provides neuropsychological concussion management
consultation to local schools, pediatricians, The Concussion Center of Fairfield County, and Associated
Neurologists. She is affiliated with Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and St. Luke’s/Roosevelt
Hospital and has an expertise in children with high risk factors for prolonged recovery and complicated clinical
management. Dr. Ryan’s research has been supported by NIH’s National Cancer Institute, National Institute of
Environmental Health, and The Stanley Research Foundation.
David Johnson MS ATC CSCS CAA CC 2.0
Is the owner/director of DKJ Sports Medicine Associates. He is a certified and licensed athletic trainer with
over 35 years of experience at the high school, college and professional levels. He teaches the Medical
Aspects of Sport Injuries and Sport Physiology for CIAC as part of their Coaches Certification Course. He
travels throughout Connecticut and across the country presenting at concussion education/management
conferences, and teaching concussion certification courses.
David recently retired from a 35 year career in public education where he served as a teacher
(elementary, middle and high school), coach, director of athletics, athletic trainer, director of an alternative
education program and as a high school assistant principal. He has utilized his career in education to develop
concussion curriculum for elementary, middle and high schools. He also officiated/refereed high school and
college sports for over 35 years.
Thomas Trojian, MD Presented 1st CC + CC 2.0
is an associate professor of family medicine and orthopaedics. He is director of the Injury Prevention and
Sports Outreach Programs in the New England Musculoskeletal Institute at the UConn Health Center.
He is the sports medicine advisor for the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference. In the Department
of Family Medicine, he is the director of the sports medicine fellowship program.
He is a published researcher on the topic of concussions.
David Wang, MD, MS Presented 1st CC + CC 2.0
is an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine Expertise. Dr. Wang is
a sports medicine physician with more than 20 years of specialized care for youth athletes. He has a deep
understanding of sports and the specific training regimes, and has worked with novice and Olympic athletes.
Dr. Wang specializes in nonsurgical techniques for musculoskeletal conditions affecting the athlete and is
active in concussion research. He received a grant from the U.S. Figure Skating Association to study the affects
of spinning on cranial forces.
Dr. Wang is the head team physician for Quinnipiac University, a U.S. Figure Skating national network
physician, and the medical director for KICK International.
Michael Lee, MD Presented 1st CC + CC 2.0
is a board-certified pediatrician who has been treating children and teens with concussions for almost a
decade. He is a Co-author of the newly issued American Academy of Pediatric’s report, Returning to Learning
Following a Concussion (Pediatrics 2013;132:948-957).
After caring for thousands of patients with concussions, he developed an innovative treatment for the
management of concussions which now has been widely adopted across the country. He has written many
articles on concussions and is a sought-after speaker in the United States and Europe. He is an attending
pediatrician on the staff of Connecticut Children’s Medical Center and Yale Department of Pediatrics. He is a
Credentialed ImPACT test Consultant.
He is a member of the Connecticut Concussion Task Force, Former Chairman CSMS Committee Medical
Aspects of Sports, and former Editor Sports/Med, former Director Fairfield University Student Health Service.
Karissa Niehoff, EdD Presented 1st CC + CC 2.0
began her career in Connecticut public education in 1989 as a physical education instructor at
Greenwich High School. In the succeeding years, she worked as a physical education and health
teacher both at the middle and high school levels, first at Joel Barlow High School in Redding and
then at Bethel Middle School.
In 1993, she joined the staff of Litchfield High School where, over the course of six years, she
taught Personal Wellness and Latin and served as the K-12 Wellness/Exercise Science
Department Coordinator and as athletic director. In 2000, Karissa was appointed assistant
principal of Har-Bur Middle School in Burlington. Four years later, she assumed the position of
principal of Lewis Mills High School, a post she held until being named Deputy Executive Director
of CAS-CIAC on July 1, 2010.
On January 1, 2011 she succeeded Michael H. Savage as CAS-CIAC’s Executive Director.
Katherine Snedaker, MSW Presented 1st CC + CC 2.0
received her Master’s Degree from Fordham University. Katherine was an invited participant in the
Youth Sports Concussion Health & Safety Meetings at the NFL Headquarters for the last two years. She
consults on youth sports concussion at the state and national level utilizing social media, public
speaker via SportsCAPP.com. In 2014, Katherine was invited to be a Member of the Advisory
Council, Protecting Athletes and Sports Safety initiative. National Council on Youth Sports
Safety, Inc. In 2012, Katherine was chosen to present for the Institute of Medicine/National Research
Through the organization she founded PinkConcussions.com, Katherine is currently working with
researchers from Clemson University on an international study on female athletes and concussions.
She has experience with concussions as an athlete, a professional, a coach, CONNy Lacrosse League
Concussion Advisor, and a parent of two sons who have sustained multiple concussions & resulting
PCS. She consults with The Concussion Specialists of Connecticut where she has run a PCS group with
Paul Slager, Brain Injury attorney and BIAC Board member
a partner, represents plaintiffs in cases stemming from catastrophic events involving medical
malpractice, violent crimes, serious accidents, defective consumer products and sexual abuse and
harassment. He also represents individuals pursuing whistleblower actions. His cases are designed
to balance injustices and cause important institutional changes to improve public safety.Paul has a
special interest and experience working with children and adults who have suffered brain injuries
during childbirth or as a result of other trauma. He has volunteered hundreds of hours to support
needy brain injury survivors in Connecticut. He is now serving in his fourth year as President of the
Board of Directors of the Brain Injury Alliance of Connecticut, Inc. (BIAC; formerly the Brain Injury
Association of Connecticut, Inc.), a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of Connecticut brain
injury survivors. He is also an active member of the National Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation
Group of the American Association for Justice, and attends national conferences focused on
cutting edge issues related to representing survivors of brain injury. His piece, "Tackling Head
Trauma: the Concussion Problem in Sports", was published in the Sports Litigation Alert, a
national publication for legal professionals practicing sports law.
Anne Pacileo, PT Presenting CC 2.0
is a Site Supervisor for Gaylord Outpatient Therapy Services. She graduated from the University
of Connecticut, and began her career working in an acute care hospital where she specialized in
rehabilitation on the Neuro ICU.
During her 30 years of treating, she has earned status as a rehabilitation specialist in Acquired
Brain Injury and pursued her special interest in the care of those with vestibular and balance
disorders. Anne is a clinical lead in the Gaylord Center for Concussion Care, which received the
BIAC 2014 Award for Education and Prevention related to brain injury. The comprehensive
program allows various clinical disciplines to collaborate and determine areas of need, address
those deficits and maximize recovery for adolescents and adults. Anne frequently speaks to
community and professional groups about the therapies provided at Gaylord.
Sarah Bullard, Ph.D., ABPP
Presenting CC 2.0
Dr. Bullard is a licensed clinical psychologist and a Diplomate in Clinical Neuropsychology from
the American Board of Professional Psychology. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from
the University of Connecticut in 2001 and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in
Clinical Neuropsychology at Hartford Hospital and the Institute of Living. She went on to
become the Director of the Postdoctoral Fellowship at Hartford Hospital for several years, until
leaving in 2012 to take over as the Director of Psychology for Gaylord Hospital in Wallingford.
Dr. Bullard is bilingual (English/Spanish) and conducts both inpatient and outpatient
neuropsychological assessments of adolescents, adults and older adults with a range of
psychiatric and neurological disorders. She also supervises the training of pre-doctoral students
in clinical neuropsychology and heads the Gaylord Center for Concussion Care. Her clinical
interests include concussion, traumatic brain injury, dementia, cerebrovascular disease, as well
as other neurologic illnesses.
Fall Sports Concussion Safety Night
For Middle School Athletes and their Parents
Thursday, Sept 13
7:30 to 8:30
Saugatuck Elementary School
170 Riverside Avenue, Westport
Youth Athletes will tell their stories plus
Katherine Snedaker, MSW Concussion Educator
Carmen Roda, Westport PAL Director of Youth Sports
The facts kids need to know about concussions
The facts parents need to know about concussions
The differences between girls’ vs. boys’ concussions
The proper response to a possible concussion
Smart phone apps to help parents
Safety discussion about helmets, soccer headbands and mouth guards
Current concussion research
Thank you to our sponsors
Fall 2012 Survey
• 50% of U.S. adults who thought they or their children might
have a concussion sought medical treatment.
– Not thinking the symptoms were serious enough or assuming they
just had a headache were the main reasons people did not seek
treatment for their own possible concussions.
• 70% adults incorrectly identified symptoms of
concussion, according to the American Osteopathic
Association's online survey of more than 1,300 people.
• Only about 1 in 4 children suffered a possible concussion while
playing either a school-related or non-school-related sport.
• The survey also found that children who suffer a head injury
while playing sports may be more likely to be evaluated by a
medical professional than those who are injured at home.
• More than 80% parents in the survey said their children were
evaluated after they suffered a head injury while playing sports.