The Center Foundation’s Educator’s Conference – Concussion in Schools

A conference for TBI Team members, school psychologists, speech-language pathologists, general and special education teachers, school counselors, school nurses, and medical providers.

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Friday, May 1st

LIVE WEBINAR FORMAT – check back for updates to schedule

8:45 am               Registration
9:15 am               Welcome and Introduction
9:25 am               Keynote: The Importance of Schools in Recovery of Concussion. Gerry Gioia, PhD
10:20 am             Return to School, Credible History, and Return to Learn Legislation. Melissa McCart, DEd
10:50 am             Mental Health Concerns after TBI – What Can We Do in Schools? Sondra Marshall, PhD
11:20 am             Health Aspects of Concussion and Supports in Schools. Vivianne Ugalde, MD
11:45 am             CDC and Q&A
12:00 pm             Dismissed

Course Materials

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Gerry Gioia, PhD
Division Chief, Neuropsychology, Director, Safe Concussion Recovery and Education (SCORE) Program, Consultant for CDC, Heads Up. Children’s National Health System
Dr. Gioia is the Division Chief of Pediatric Neuropsychology at Children’s National Health System, where he directs the SCORE Concussion Program. He is Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the GWU School of Medicine. He has developed a number of post-concussion tools for children, and worked with the CDC on their “Heads Up” concussion educational toolkits. Dr. Gioia has participated in the International Concussion in Sport Group Consensus meetings, American Academy of Neurology Sports Concussion Guideline panel, and the CDC’s mild TBI guideline development. He provided concussion management services to youth, high school, college and professional teams. He is the current President and Fellow of the Sports Neuropsychology Society.

Sondra Marshall, PhD
Licensed psychologist and Programs of Evaluation, Development and Learning (PEDAL) Clinic Director, St. Charles Health System

Melissa McCart, DEd
Director of Oregon Traumatic Brain Injury Teams, The Center on Brain Injury Research and Training (CBIRT)

Viviane Ugalde, MD
Physiatry, Medical Director Concussion Management for The Center Foundation 
Dr. Viviane Ugalde is a board certified Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation doctor with a subspecialty certification in Brain Injury Medicine. Dr. Ugalde has practiced concussion management since 1990 and serves as the Medical Director for The Center Foundation’s concussion management program in Central Oregon. She joined the team of physicians at The Center in 2007 and runs a weekly concussion clinic to help coordinate care for both pediatric and adult patients.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Understand the importance of schools in the recovery of concussions.
  • Become familiar with best practices for return to school.
  • Receive updates on Oregon’s return to school law.
  • Gain knowledge on credible history for special education eligibility evaluations.
  • Recognize the health aspects of concussion and their implications for schools.
  • Learn strategies to support student’s mental health following concussions.

PDU Credit Information

3 Professional Development Units available to attendees.


Free for educators and school staff members


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