Mission

The mission of the Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network (AT-PBRN) is to offer a network of engaged professionals that aims to support clinicians and improve the quality of athletic health care through resource sharing, education, and practice-based research.

The AT-PBRN aims to:

  1. Engage clinicians with a shared vision to enhance patient care through a community of practice and peer learning.
  2. Provide life-long learning opportunities for professionals engaged in athletic healthcare.
  3. Generate, disseminate, and implement practice-based evidence to inform patient care decisions and improve healthcare outcomes.

Meet the AT-PBRN Team



Kenneth Lam, ScD, ATC
Director, AT-PBRN
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.






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.







Cailee Welch Bacon, PhD, ATC

Clinical Practice Site Coordinator

Cailee Welch Bacon is an associate professor in the Athletic Training program within the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences as well as a research associate professor in the Department of Basic Science in A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Bacon earned her bachelor of science degree in athletic training from Boston University, followed by a master of science in education degree in athletic training from Old Dominion University. She also earned her doctor of philosophy degree in human movement science with a focus in athletic training curriculum and instruction from Old Dominion University, where she investigated the effectiveness of educational techniques to aid athletic trainers in learning the fundamentals of evidence-based practice. Dr. Bacon also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship within the Center for Clinical Outcome Studies at ATSU, which focused on patient-oriented outcomes and athletic training educational research. Currently, she serves as the clinical practice site coordinator within the Athletic Training Practice-Based Research Network (AT-PBRN), which includes conducting the education and training for athletic trainers across the country, and is an Associate Editor for the Athletic Training Education Journal. Additionally, Dr. Bacon currently serves on the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Review Committee, the Educational Advancement Committee under the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Executive Committee for Education, and the Journal of Athletic Training Editorial Board. Dr. Bacon’s research agenda focuses on athletic training education. Specifically, she is interested in assessing athletic training educational outcomes related to competency-based education and identifying interventions to enhance knowledge translation throughout the athletic training profession.







Barton Anderson, DHSc, ATC
EMR Manager

Barton Anderson is an associate professor in ATSU’s Athletic Training (AT) programs, serving as the primary clinical faculty member and clinical education coordinator for the Residential Post-Professional Master’s program. Dr. Anderson oversees all aspects of the Advanced Clinical Practice program (Clinical Education), including establishing and maintaining graduate assistantships, coordinating affiliated clinical sites and preceptors, and providing clinical mentoring to AT program students. Dr. Anderson holds a Level 1 Functional Movement Screen™ certification, and is an accredited Graston Technique™ clinician and Graston™ faculty instructor. He has extensive experience and training in therapeutic exercise prescription, fundamental movement patterns, and manual therapy techniques. Prior to ATSU, Dr. Anderson worked clinically for 10 years as an athletic trainer in the collegiate, high school, and clinical settings. He continues his clinical practice part-time throughout the academic year at a local sports medicine clinic. Dr. Anderson is a member of the CAATE Standards Committee, and also serves as the electronic medical record manager within the Athletic Training Practice Based Research Network, the chair of the Arizona Athletic Trainers’ Association Communications Committee, and the AzATA website coordinator. He earned his bachelor’s of science in sports medicine and athletic training from Missouri State University, his master’s of science in sports health care from ATSU, and his doctor of health science degree from Nova Southeastern University.







Tamara Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA
John P. Wood, D.O., Endowed Chair for Sports Medicine
FormerDirector, 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.







Alison Valier, PhD, AT
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.






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

Kellie C. Huxel Bliven, PhD, ATC, is a professor and the director of clinical anatomy in the Department of Interdisciplinary Health Sciences at A.T. Still University (ATSU). She also has an appointment in ATSU’s Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health where she co-teaches musculoskeletal and head & neck anatomy courses. Previously, Dr. Bliven has been a faculty member in ATSU’s Kinesiology (formerly human movement) and Athletic Training programs, as well as the Athletic Training Department at Indiana State University. Dr. Bliven’s current line of research on understanding and improving shoulder function and health addresses four areas: mechanisms of shoulder stability, muscle activation during rehabilitation, adaptations in the throwing shoulder, and health-related quality of life in throwing athletes. In addition to her faculty responsibilities, Dr. Bliven serves as the director of the Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory and as the vice chair of the Institutional Review Board at ATSU-Mesa campus. She is the editor of the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation and serves on professional committees such as the BOC Exam Development Committee and NATA Research & Education Foundation’s Free Communications Subcommittee. Dr. Bliven received her bachelor’s degree in biology and physical education from Denison University in Granville, Ohio; master’s degree in kinesiology from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind.; and doctoral degree in kinesiology with an athletic training emphasis from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa.




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.