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Health & Well-Being Initiative

Pac-12 Research Grants Program

As a key pillar of the Pac-12 SAHWBI, the Pac-12 Grant Program offers research funding to support the advancement of Pac-12 student-athlete health and well-being and has made it a priority to research and develop best practices for general improvements in these areas.

The Pac-12 Conference has committed approximately $3,500,000 per year in research grants for projects at Pac-12 institutions designed to improve the health, general well-being, and safety of student-athletes at all Conference member universities. Partners who are interested in collaborating in Pac-12 supported research projects should contact university staff directly or the Pac-12 Conference to find possible research partners. Specific topics of interest to Pac-12 member institutions include:

  • Head Trauma
  • Prevention of Sudden Death (Cardia, Temperature Matters, Hydration)
  • Overuse Injuries / Injury Prevention
  • Emergency Care - Planning / Prevention of Emergent Medical Events
  • Student-Athlete Well Being (Sleep, Nutrition, Mental Health)
  • Data Driven Decisions (Use of Pac-12 Health Analytics Program - HAP) such as expansion of Presagia platform (e.g. software development) or sports injury epidemiology.

Pac-12 Pac-12 Research Grant Reviewers

The Pac-12 would like to thank all Student-Athlete Health and Well-Being Grant Program reviewers for their commitment of time and expertise. Their invaluable input contributes to ensuring funded projects meet rigorous academic and scientific standards. This results in developing best practices that are conducive to improvements in high priority areas for the Pac-12 in benefit of student-athletes.

Below is a complete list of Pac-12 Research Grant reviewers:

Dr. Jake Abbott Dr. Fernando Gomez-Pinilla Dr. Sakiko Oyama
Dr. Jake Abbott Dr. Daniel Gould Diana Padilla
Dr. Venu Akuthota Dr. Scott Grafton Dr. William Parham
Dr. Anna Alkozei Dr. Patrick Greis Anthony Pass
Dr. Yoshimi Anzai Dr. F. Winston Gwathmey Dr. David Peng
Dr. Liz Applegate Dr. Kim Harmon Dr. Frank Petrigliano
Dr. Raphael Arku Dr. Josh Hatch Dr. David Petron
Dr. April Armstrong Dr. Sunday Henry Dr. Vaishali Phatak
Dr. Irf Asif Dr. Dan Herman Dr. Nicholas Phillips 
Dr. Doug Aukerman Dr. Theresa Hernandez Dr. Leslie Podlog 
Dr. Talin Babikian  Dr. Charlie Hicks-Little Dr. Whitney Pope
Dr. Ashwin Babu Dr. Kasee Hildenbrand Dr. Hollis Potter
Dr. Jimmy Bagley Dr. Mark Hoffman Dr. Christopher Powers
Dr. Jennifer Baine Marissa Holliday Dr. Mayumi Prins
Dr. David Baron Dr. Lindsay Huston Dr. Amanda Rabinowitz
Stephen Bartlinski Dr. Franco Impellizzeri Dr. Russ Richardson
Dr. Bryan Bergman Dr. Sara Johnson Kevin Robell
Dr. George Brooks Dr. Andrew Karduna  Russ Romano
Dr. Angela Bryan  Dr. Steven Kautz Dr. Karen Roos
Dr. Joan Casey Dr. Zachary Kerr Dr. Ali Rowhani-Rahbar
Dr. Carl Castro Lucas Klawiter Dr. Darren Ruddell
Dr. Robert Catena Dr. Anthony Kline Miguel Rueda
Dr. Laurence Chalip Dr. Thomas “Tad” Kremen Dr. Jonathan Rylander
Dr. Cindy Chang Dr. Shanyn Lancaster Dr. Michael Schubert
Dr. Anikar Chhabra Dr. Enette Larson-Meyer Dr. Kevin Shannon
Dr. Li-Shan Chou Dr. Michael Leiter Dr. Amy Silder
Dr. Constance Chu Dr. Alan Light Dr. Greg Skaggs
Dr. Jay Clugston Dr. David Lin Dr. Robert Spencer
Dr. Randy Cohen Dr. Fred Lin Dr. Jesse Steinfeldt
Doug Contaoi Dr. Sylvia Lucas Dr. Kelley Strohacker
Dr. Steve Corman Sarah Lyons Dr. Jean Yuh Tang
Ryan Crews Dr. Bruce MacWilliams Dr. Phiroz Tarpore
Dr. C. Munro Cullum Dr. David McAllister Fred Tedeschi
Dr. Craig Davidson Joe McBeth Dr. Jeff Temple
Dr. Craig Denegar  Dr. Eric McCarty  Dr. Masa Teramoto
Laura Dixon Kenny McCarty Kim Terrell
Dr. Tom Dompier Dr. Roger McCoy Dr. Jakob Tholander
Dr. Jason Dragoo Dr. Erica McKenzie Dr. Ed Tingstad
Dr. R. J. Elbin Dr. Tamara McLeod Dr. Sarah Ulrich-French
Dr. Brian Feeley Chris Melton Dr. Evan Unger
Dr. Jonathan Finnoff Dr. John Mercer Jeremy Vail
Dr. Dena Florczyk Dr. John Meyer Dr. Karin VanBaak
Dr. Jason Ford Dr. Barry Miller Dr. Anita Vasavada
Julia Ford Dr. David Millward Dr. Daniel Vigil
Dr. Marcos Frank Dr. Richard Mink Dr. Stella Volpe
Dr. Glenn Gaesser Dr. Lynn Nadel Dr. Jeff Weiss
Dr. Seth Gamradt Dr. Marc Norcross Dr. Robert Weiss
Dr. Craig Garrison Dan Nordquist Dr. Stuart Willick
Dr. Scott Gayzik Dr. Ruth O'Hara Dr. Antonia Zaferiou
Dr. Kate Geiger Dr. John O’Kane Dr. Jessica (Deneweth) Zendler
Dr. Gary Glover Dr. Mark Opp Dr. Monica Zigman
Dr. Grace Golden Dr. Louis Osternig  

Prior Grant Awardees

PI: The Student Athlete Health and Well-Being Initiative Board and the Pac-12 Mental Health Task Force
Project Director: Dr. Daniel Taylor, Project Team: Dr. Alex Auerbach, Dr. Michael Grandner & Dr. John Ruiz
University of Arizona
Co PIs: Dr. Mark D’Esposito (CAL) and Dr. Cathra Halabi (UCSF)
Co-PIs: Dr. Ben Inglis (UCSF) and Dr. Wade Smith (UCSF)
University of California, Berkeley collaborating with University of California, San Francisco
PI: Dr. Cathleen Crowell
Co-PI: Dr. Viktor Bovbjerg
Oregon State University
PI: Dr. Daniel Cushman
Co-PIs: Dr. Masa Teramoto (Utah), Dr. David Petron (Utah), Dr. Amy Powell (Utah), Dr. Sarah Eby (Utah), Dr. Justin Rigby (Utah), Dr. Michael Fredericson (Stanford), Dr. Blake Corcoran (WSU) and Dr. Leyen Vu (WSU)
University of Utah collaborating with Stanford University and Washington State University
PI: Dr. Theresa Hernandez
Co-PI: Dr. Adam Bohr
University of Colorado, Boulder
PI: Dr. Christopher Yakacki
Co-PIs: Dr. Peter Jenkins, Dr. R. Dana Carpenter, Dr. Kai Yu, Dr. Sourav Poddar
University of Colorado, Boulder & Denver
PIs: Dr. Angela Lumba-Brown
Co-PIs: Dr. Jamshid Ghajar (Stanford), Dr. Masa Teramoto (Utah), Dr. Matthew McQueen (Colorado), Dr. Douglas Aukerman (OSU), Dr. Kimberly Harmon (UW), Dr. David Petron (Utah), Dr. Sourav Poddar (Colorado) and Russ Romano (USC)
Stanford University collaborating with the University of Colorado, Oregon State University, University of Southern California, University of Utah and University of Washington
PI: Dr. Lori Michener
Co-PIs: Dr. Andrew Karduna (UO) and Dr. Roksana Karim (USC)
University of Southern California collaborating with the University of Oregon and University of California, Los Angeles
PI: Dr. Peter Fino and Dr. Lee Dibble
Co-PIs: Dr. Daniel Cushman, Dr. Nicholas Monson, Dr. Angela Presson
University of Utah
PIs: Dr. James Martin
University of Utah
PIs: Dr. Christopher Barry
Co-PIs: Dr. Kelli Moran-Miller (Stanford)
Washington State University collaborating with Arizona State University, University of California, Berkeley, Oregon State University, Stanford University, University of California, Los Angeles, University of Southern California, University of Utah, University of Washington
PI: Dr. Kenneth Hunt
University of Colorado, Boulder
PI: Dr. David Camarillo
Co-PIs: Dr. Gerald Grant (Stanford), Dr. Michael Zeineh (Stanford), Dr. Charles Liu (USC)
Stanford University collaborating with University of Southern California
PIs: Dr. Kim Harmon, Dr. Emily Kroshus and Dr. Sara Chrisman
Co-PI: Dr. Ann Glang (UO)
University of Washington collaborating with Seattle Children's Research Institute, University of Oregon and University of Colorado, Boulder
PI: Dr. Marc Norcross
Co-PIs: Dr. Samuel Johnson (OSU) and Dr. Christopher Scaffidi (OSU)
Oregon State University collaborating with Stanford University, University of California, Los Angeles and University of Washington
PI: Dr. Andrew Anderson
Co-PIs: Dr. Ken "Bo" Foreman, Dr. Stepehen Aoki and Dr. Travis Maak
University of Utah
PIs: Taylor Ricci and Nathan Braaten
Oregon State University
PI: Dr. George Brooks
Co-PI: Dr. Daniela Kaufer
University of California, Berkeley
PI: Dr. Michael Hahn
Co-PIs: Dr. Scott Delp (Stanford), Dr. Rodger Kram (CU), Dr. Alena Grabowski (CU), Dr. Jill McNitt-Gray (USC), Dr. Lorraine Turcotte (USC), Dr. Brent Liu (USC), Dr. Kormelia Kulig (USC)
University of Oregon collaborating with University of Colorado, University of Southern California & Stanford University
PI: Dr. Christopher Kweon
Co-PIs: Dr. Albert Gee & Dr. Scott Telfer
University of Washington
PI: Dr. Doug Aukerman and the Pac-12 Brain Trauma Task Force
The Pac-12 Concussion Coordinating Unit - Project Director: Dr. Matthew McQueen, Project Team: Dr. Theresa Hernandez & Dr. Adam Bohr
University of Colorado
PI: Dr. William Byrnes
Co-PIs: Dr. Theresa Hernandez & Dr. Ken Wright
University of Colorado
PIs: Dr. Kim Harmon & Dr. Emily Kroshus
Co-PIs: Dr. Sara Chrisman (UW) & Dr. Ann Glang (UO)
University of Washington collaborating with University of Oregon
PI: Dr. Michael Fredericson
Co-PI: Dr. Aurelia Nattiv (UCLA)
Stanford University collaborating with University of California, Los Angeles
PI: Dr. Kim Harmon
Co-PIs: Dr. Jonathan Drezner, Dr. David Owens & Dr. Jordan Prutkin
University of Washington collaborating with all Pac-12 schools
PI: Dr. Craig Heller
Co-PI: Dr. Dennis Grahn
Stanford University
PI: Dr. Deborah Yurgelun-Tood
Co-PIs: Dr. Charlie Hicks-Little, Dr. Perry Renshaw, Dr. Erin McGlade & Dr. Andrew Prescot
University of Utah
PI: Dr. Marc Norcross
Co-PIs: Dr. Samuel Johnson & Dr. Viktor Bovbjerg
Oregon State University