The theme for this year is "Silently Injured: Student-Athletes, Concussions, and Mental Health." Check out the video!

Presentations are 4:30pm - 7:30pm Daily

Admission: Free

JUNE 9 Epidemology of Concussions (Dawn Comstock, Ph.D)
Location: Hagerty Lounge 
JUNE 10 Concussions: Legal Issues (Sarah K. Fields, J.D., Ph.D)
Location: Hagerty Lounge 
JUNE 11

Psychology of Injury (Damien Clement, Ph.D)
Location: Hagerty Lounge 

JUNE 12 Student-Athlete Mental Health (Samantha DeLenardo & Krista Van Slingerland) 
Location: Galileo 201 
  • Dawn Comstock, PhD.

    Dr. Dawn Comstock is an Associate Professor in the Colorado School of Public Health Department of Epidemiology at the University of Colorado Denver. Her research focus is the epidemiology of injury among the physically active, specifically the study of sports, recreation, and leisure activity-related injuries among children and adolescents as well as the life-long health benefits associated with an active childhood. Dr. Comstock believes that to combat the epidemic of obesity in our country children must be encouraged to get up off the couch and participate in physically active sports, recreation, and leisure activities. However, a certain endemic level of injury can be expected in any physical activity. The challenge is to monitor injury trends through surveillance; to investigate the etiology of preventable injuries; to develop, implement, and evaluate protective interventions; and to responsibly report epidemiologic findings of injury research while promoting a physically active lifestyle for children and adolescents.

  • Sarah K. Fields, PhD.

    Dr. Sarah K. Fields (JD Washington University; PhD University of Iowa) joined the faculty of the University of Colorado Denver as an Associate Professor in the Fall of 2013. She has previously taught at Washington University in St. Louis, the University of Georgia, and Ohio State University. Her research and teaching focuses largely on the intersection of sport and American culture, specifically examining issues of gender, injury, and law, and she is the author of Female Gladiators: Gender, Law, and Contact Sport in America (University of Illinois Press, 2005). Dr. Fields is a recreational athlete who also enjoys outdoor activities with her dogs and partner as well as watching television with her cat.

  • Damien Clement, PhD.

    Dr. Damien Clement is an Assistant Professor in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences at West Virginia University. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Sportsmedicine/Athletic Training from the University of Charleston in 2003. While at the University of Charleston Dr. Clement captained the track and field team his junior and senior years. Upon his graduation Dr. Clement enrolled in a doctoral degree program at West Virginia University concurrently pursuing a doctoral degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology and a Masters degree in Community Counseling. He completed his Master’s degree in Community Counseling in December 2007 and his doctoral degree in Sport and Exercise Psychology in May 2008. In August of 2008 Dr. Clement was hired as an Assistant Professor at West Virginia University to teach undergraduate sport and exercise psychology courses and graduate athletic training courses. Dr. Clement is currently a Certified Athletic Trainer, a National Certified Counselor as well as an Association for Applied Sport Psychology Certified Consultant. He is an active member in the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, National Athletic Trainers’ Association, West Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association, and American Psychological Association. Dr. Clement’s research interests span both Sport and Exercise Psychology and Athletic Training. More specifically he is interested in professional issues in sport psychology and athletic training as well as psychology of injury. Dr. Clement has also conducted psychological skills training programs with injured athletes within the athletic training room setting as well as in the individuals and team setting.

  • Samantha DeLenardo

    Samantha DeLenardo is the co-founder of the Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative (SAMHI) and a varsity women’s hockey alumna from the University of Ottawa, Canada, with a MA in Health Communication. Her thesis work focused primarily on exploring perceptions of mental health and illness in varsity football. Building on literature and primary findings, Ms. DeLenardo also designed the early stages of a mental health communication plan for male football players competing in Canadian Interuniversity Sport. This work would ultimately help to frame the strategic directions of the Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative. Ms. DeLenardo currently works for the Canadian Association of Paediatric Health Centres, a recognized leader and advocate for advancing the improvement of healthcare for Canada’s children and youth.

  • Krista Van Slingerland

    Krista Van Slingerland recently graduated from Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, with a bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs and Policy Management, specializing in Development studies. Ms. Van Slingerland competed for Carleton’s women’s basketball team for three seasons (2010 - 2013), but her career-ending struggle with depression and anxiety profoundly changed the direction of her life and led her to co-found the Student-Athlete Mental Health Initiative (SAMHI) with Samantha DeLenardo in September of 2013. She now serves as a champion for student-athlete mental health and is striving to ensure that other athletes like herself do not struggle in silence, as she did.

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