Principal Investigator



David R. Howell, PhD, ATC

Lead Researcher, Sports Medicine Center, Children’s Hospital Colorado
Assistant Professor and Assistant Director of Clinical Research, Department of Orthopedics, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Primary research interests:
pediatric concussion; human movement analysis; youth athlete health
Links to complete bibliography of published work:

BA, Whitworth University, Spokane, WA
MS, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
PhD, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
Post-Doc, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA

Lab Director

David Howell , Lab Director

David Howell, PhD, ATC

The overarching goal of Dr. Howell’s research is to evaluate objective and quantitative measures that provide clinically relevant data for concussion management and to discover the physiologic underpinnings of post-concussion deficits. Concussion is a multifaceted and heterogeneous injury, so monitoring recovery and determining biological predictors of long-term outcomes remains challenging. Currently, Dr. Howell and the team are focused on establishing a framework to better understand and assess effective methods to allow athletes with a concussion to return to full sports participation in a safe manner. Outside of the office, Dr. Howell enjoys activities that are typical for a Colorado resident: fly-fishing, skiing, hiking, and exploring new areas.

Associate Lab Director


Julie C. Wilson, MD.

Through her clinical practice and corresponding research, Dr. Wilson’s goal is to advance the clinical care of children and adolescents with concussions through research investigating methods to diagnose, manage and reduce the risk of concussions and their subsequent effects. As the Co-Director of the Concussion Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado, Dr. Wilson provides a wealth of experience as someone who treats children with a concussion on a daily basis, conveying unique insights from both a clinician and patient/parent perspective to incorporate into our ongoing research studies.

Lab Members

Graduate Students

Kate Smulligan, PT, DPT

Kate Smulligan is a Ph.D. student with a research interest in sports concussion. She is particularly interested in the interplay between the cervical spine and the vestibular and oculomotor systems, and how that impacts persistent symptoms following concussion. Kate began her career as a physical therapist specializing in traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, and she brings her clinical expertise in this area to further the understanding of optimal assessment, treatment, and prevention of concussion.

Research Assistants

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Corrine Seehusen, BA

Corrine Seehusen is a Research Assistant in the Sports Medicine Center supporting Dr. David Howell and primary care sports medicine physicians. Corrine graduated summa cum laude from The College of Saint Benedict in 2019 with a degree in Biochemistry. She hopes to pursue a career in medicine. After performing basic biochemical research on transcription factors and clinical research in pulmonology, she is excited to focus on researching pediatric orthopedic sports related injuries and concussion as part of the Musculoskeletal Research Center and Howell Lab. Beyond work, Corrine enjoys playing soccer, rock climbing, and exploring the mountains around Denver.

Matthew Wingerson

Mathew Wingerson, BA

Mathew Wingerson is a Research Assistant in the Sports Medicine Center supporting Dr. David Howell and Dr. Julie Wilson. He also performs research in the Rehabilitation Psychology department under the direction of Dr. Michael Kirkwood. Mathew graduated from Simpson College (IA) in 2019 with a degree in Psychology and will graduate with his MS in Applied Sport Psychology in 2021. Mathew’s research interests include psychosocial outcomes of sports injury, as well as sport psychology interventions during injury rehabilitation. Outside of the Children’s Hospital Colorado, Mathew enjoys sports, hiking, and reading.

Medical Students


Samantha Magliato-3x4Samantha Magliato, BS

Samantha Magliato is a medical student at the University of Colorado School of Medicine Class of 2024. She graduated from Case Western Reserve University in January 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering with a focus in biomechanics and a minor in Chemistry. Throughout undergrad, Samantha was a competitive rower and continues to enjoy being active outdoors. Samantha is an aspiring physician researcher in the field of orthopedics and sports medicine with interests in concussion and injury prevention

Associated Faculty and Clinician Researchers

Gregory Walker, MD, Sports Medicine Physician, Children’s Hospital Colorado

Aaron Provance, MD, Sports Medicine Physician, Children’s Hospital Colorado

Emily Sweeney, MD, Sports Medicine Physician, Children’s Hospital Colorado

Aubrey Armento, MD, Sports Medicine Physician, Children’s Hospital Colorado

Jay Albright, MD, Sports Medicine Orthopedic Surgeon, Children’s Hospital Colorado

Margot Gray, DPT, PT, Physical Therapist, Children’s Hospital Colorado

Allison D’Lauro, DPT, PT, Physical Therapist, Children’s Hospital Colorado

Lab Alumni

Morgan Potter, Research Assistant (2017-2019). Current: Physical Therapy Student, University of Delaware

Alexia Gagliardi, Research Assistant (2017-2020). Current: Medical Student, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Tatiana Patismas, Medical Resident (2019-2020). Current: Sports Medicine Fellow, Children’s Hospital Colorado.

Katie Van Deventer, Medical Student (2019-2020). Current: Medical Resident, UC-Irvine.

Julia Southard, Undergraduate Intern, Regis University (2019).