Meet the AT-PBRN Team


Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA
John P. Wood, D.O., Endowed Chair for Sports Medicine
Director, AT-PBRN
Research Scientist - Pediatric: Concussion & Overuse Injuries

Dr. Valovich McLeod is a Professor in the Athletic Training Program and director of the Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory at A.T. Still University. Dr. Valovich McLeod is the Director of the PBRN, principal scientist for pediatric research, including concussion specific studies and pediatric overuse injuries. As the Director, she is responsible for all investigations within the PBRN, oversees other PBRN personnel, and communicates regularly with clinical practice sites and the soon to be established advisory board. She is also responsible for coordinating studies in her content areas. Dr. Valovich McLeod teaches an Evidence-Based Practice course to both Post-Professional athletic training students and doctoral level healthcare professionals. Additionally, she is a Co-Principal Investigator on ongoing studies evaluating the impact of sport-related musculoskeletal injury and concussion on HRQOL in adolescent athletes. She has co-authored several published or in-press manuscripts on the topics of evidence-based practice and healthcare outcomes. In addition, Dr. Valovich McLeod serves as an outcomes grant reviewer for the NATA Foundation and as an Editorial Board member of the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, Athletic Training and Sports Health Care, and as a Section Editor for the Journal of Athletic Training.


Eric L. Sauers, PhD,ATC,FNATA
Associate Director, AT-PBRN
Research Scientist - Shoulder Outcomes

Dr. Sauers is a tenured Full Professor and Chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at A.T Still University. Dr. Sauers serves as a scientist within the PBRN, with expertise in studies of shoulder injuries and overhead athletes. He is a Co-investigator on ongoing studies, including the development and implementation of the CORE-AT EMR system, a study on sport-related musculoskeletal injury on HRQOL in adolescent athletes, and the design and development of a region specific patient self-report scale for throwing athletes, the Functional Arm Scale for Throwers (FAST). Dr. Sauers is also interested in studying the practice characteristics of athletic trainers, including the types of diagnoses treated, rehabilitation services provided, and economic analyses of care.  Dr. Sauers has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles and given numerous state, regional, and national presentations related to his research. He is the President of the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists and Vice President of the Commission on the Accreditation of Athletic Training Education. Dr. Sauers is the Associate Editor for Clinical Outcomes for the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation and an Editorial Board member for the Journal of Athletic Training and the Athletic Training Education Journal.  Currently, he serves as the Chair of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Post-Professional Education Committee and as a member of the NATA Education Council Executive Committee. He has received the President’s Award from the Arizona Athletic Trainers’ Association, the Distinguished Educator Award from the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association, and has been recognized for his dedication to the athletic training profession with the distinction as a Fellow of the NATA.


Alison Valier, PhD, AT
Director, Injury Surveillance & Outcomes Research
Research Scientist - Outcomes & Surveillance

Dr. Snyder is an Associate Professor in the Athletic Training Program and Director of the Center for Clinical Outcomes Studies at A.T. Still University. Within the PBRN, Dr. Snyder is the principal scientist for Outcomes and Surveillance Research. In this role, she oversees our research support personnel and coordinates scientific studies in the areas of clinical outcomes assessment and epidemiology. Dr. Snyder is a Co-Principal Investigator on ongoing studies, including the development and implementation of the CORE-AT EMR system and an investigation of the impact of sport-related musculoskeletal injury on HRQOL in adolescent athletes. She has co-authored several published or in-press manuscripts on the topics of evidence-based practice and healthcare outcomes. Dr. Snyder is in the last months of a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Outcomes Assessment and completed a Certificate in Epidemiology (18 credits) from the University of Michigan. Additionally, Dr. Snyder has taught a healthcare outcomes course to both Post-Professional athletic training students and doctoral level healthcare professionals. Dr. Snyder is a member of the NATA's Outcomes Advisor Panel, a NATA Foundation Outcomes Grant Reviewer, and Co-Guest Editor for the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation's special issue on Clinical Outcomes.


Kenneth Lam, ScD, ATC
Director, Clinical Informatics
Research Scientist - Outcomes and Knee Injuries

Dr. Lam is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Research within the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at A.T. Still University, and serves as the Director of Clinical Informatics within the AT-PBRN. Under his AT-PBRN role, he is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of the EMR relational database, assuring data integrity within the database, and acting as the liaison between the clinicians and administration of the AT-PBRN. Additionally, Dr. Lam supervises our clinical practice site education and training programs, and fields questions from clinical practice site participants.  Dr. Lam has taught a variety of courses including Healthcare Outcomes, Evidence-Based Practice, and Healthcare Informatics and Technology to both Post-Professional athletic training students and doctoral level healthcare professionals. Prior to becoming a faculty member, Dr. Lam completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship within the Center for Clinical Outcome Studies at A.T. Still University that focused on patient-oriented research and evidence-based practice.  His current line of research highlights the immediate and long-term impact of sport-related lower extremity injuries, such as anterior cruciate ligament injuries, on health-related quality of life.  In future investigations, he intends to conduct multi-site, randomized controlled trials at the point-of-care with the aim of identifying effective treatment and rehabilitation strategies for sport-related lower extremity injuries.


Barton Anderson, MS, AT, ATC
EMR Manager

Mr. Anderson is an Assistant Professor and Clinical Education Coordinator in the Athletic Training Program at A.T. Still University. Within the PBRN, Mr. Anderson serves as the EMR Manager and the clinical practice site coordinator for the PBRNs Arizona secondary schools. As the EMR Manager, Mr. Anderson is the primary liaison between clinical practice sites and the EMR technology provider™. He worked extensively to develop the design and functionality of the EMR, and continues to identify and develop improvements to the system, working closely with the software programmers and AT-PBRN clinicians. Over 14 years of clinical practice is instrumental in assisting clinicians with maximizing the usefulness of the CORE-AT EMR system.


Cailee Welch, PhD, ATC
Clinical Practice Site Coordinator

Dr. Welch is an Assistant Professor in the Athletic Training Program at A.T. Still University, and serves as the Clinical Practice Site (CPS) Coordinator within the AT-PBRN. As CPS Coordinator, Dr. Welch oversees the day-to-day function of the EMR and monitors completeness of data collection as a means for quality control. Dr. Welch facilitates the recruitment and enrollment processes of new CPS within the AT-PBRN and conducts all EMR education and training sessions for clinicians. Dr. Welch completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship within the Center for Clinical Outcomes Studies at A.T. Still University that focused on patient-oriented outcomes research. Her current line of research focuses on two independent areas: capturing the concussed patient perspective for improving outcomes of patient care, and athletic training educational outcomes. Additionally, Dr. Welch currently serves on the CAATE Post-Professional Annual Report Committee, the BOC Evidence-Based Practice Review Panel, and is the Managing Editor for the Clinical Bottom Line in the NATA News.


John Parsons, PhD, ATC
Research Scientist - Practice Policy

Dr. Parsons is an Associate Professor and the Athletic Training Program Director at A.T. Still University. He serves as a research scientist within the AT-PBRN, with interest in practice policy, HRQOL outcomes, informatics, and technology. He has additional  teaching and research interests in legal and policy issues in healthcare, health professions education, and medicolegal issues in healthcare practice. 


Kellie C. Huxel Bliven, PhD, ATC
Research Scientist - Shoulder Outcomes

Dr. Kellie Huxel Bliven, is an Associate Professor in the Human Movement and Athletic Training Programs within the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at ATSU.  Dr. Bliven is a participating scientist in the AT-PBRN with expertise in shoulder injuries and outcomes.  Dr. Bliven was awarded the “2011 Scholar of the Year Award” within ASHS for her research, which is related to the role of the sensorimotor system in maintaining functional joint stability at the shoulder. Her research interests include dynamic restraint of the shoulder, examining shoulder adaptations and injuries as a result of overhead activities, upper extremity muscle activation during rehabilitation exercises, and is involved in the creation of a specific outcome measure for throwing athletes with shoulder injury, the Functional Arm Scale for Throwers (FAST).  Dr. Bliven teaches anatomy and biomechanics courses in the online Master’s in Human Movement and seminar and upper extremity orthopedic courses and is involved in thesis advising within the Post-Professional Athletic Training Program.  In addition to serving as the Vice-Chair of ATSU’s Institutional Review Board – Arizona, Dr. Bliven serves as the associate editor for the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, Chair of the Research Committee for the American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Therapists, is a member of the BOC’s exam development committee, and is a reviewer for various peer-review journals.  

R. Curtis Bay, PhD
Principle Biostatistician

Dr. Bay is an Associate Professor of Biostatistics in the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at A.T. Still University. He serves as the Principal Biostatistician in the PBRN and is responsible for oversight of all research methodologies and analyses of projects in the PBRN, including this project. His roles include managing the project database and performing statistical analysis of the de-identified aggregated data provided by Essentialtalk™ . Dr. Bay is a Co-investigator on ongoing studies, including the development and implementation of an EMR system, a study on sport-related musculoskeletal injury on HRQOL in adolescent athletes, and a study of outcomes in patients seen in a special needs dental clinic. He is also the principal scientist involved with the cost-effectiveness analyses.


Additional Information

PBRN Newsletter

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Joining the Athletic Training PBRN

We are currently seeking clinicians and academic centers who wish to join the Athletic Training PBRN. Learn more about becoming a partner of the PBRN.

Current Clinical Practice Sites

See the current list of regional clusters of clinical practice sites, as well as their sponsoring institutions.

Additional PBRN Resources

Additional resources for information on Practice Based Research Networks, evidence based practice, and clinical outcomes.