Kontos, PhD, joined the Concussion Program as assistant director of
research in 2010, and the program’s already lengthy list of publications
and research began to grow even further. Dr. Kontos brought to UPMC
considerable experience as a hands-on researcher, with more than 50
publications and 100 presentations. He also delivered keen insight as
project leader and organizer, securing funding from sources ranging from
the U.S. Army Special Operations Command to the NFL.
Previously, he was a professor and chair-elect at Humboldt State
and director of the North Coast Sports Concussion Program in northern
California, and an associate professor at the University of New Orleans,
where he directed its sports-concussion testing program. While in New
Orleans, Dr. Kontos also was an Adjunct Professor in the Sports Medicine
Fellowship at Louisiana State University-Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Kontos’ research in sports-related concussion
psychological issues, neurocognitive and neuro-motor effects, and
concussion in youth and underrepresented groups. He is the Program Chair
of American Psychological Association’s Division 47, a Fellow of
Eastern Psychological Association, and a member of the Association of
Applied Sport Psychology and American College of Sports Medicine. He
also serves as an associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedic
Surgery in the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Medicine.