The Journey from Mild TBI and Sports Concussion to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
Jeffrey Barth presently holds the John Edward Fowler Emeritus Professorship in the University of Virginia School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences. He is the Founder of the UVA Brain Injury and Sports Concussion Institute, and he has been the PI and Senior Scientist for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center: Charlottesville. He is on the editorial board of 10 scientific journals, has co-authored or edited three books and is an author of over 230 scholarly articles and book chapters. He is a member of the NFL Players Association Mackey White Concussion Committee and has worked with the Department of Defense and the American Academy of Neurology on the development of concussion management guidelines. He is the recipient of the 2005 National Academy of Neuropsychology’s Distinguished Neuropsychologist Award for lifetime achievements in the field of Neuropsychology, and in 2013 he received the “Toggle” Award from the Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services for his dedication and leadership in serving veterans with brain injuries.
Dr. Barth is best known for his pioneering work on mild traumatic brain injury and sports concussion, and the Sports as a Laboratory Assessment Model (SLAM) for brief baseline and post-injury neurocognitive evaluation of athletes. This method of pre and post-concussion assessment has become the foundation for mild TBI evaluation and management for athlete safety and return-to-play decision-making in the NFL, NHL, NCAA, and many high school programs across the US.