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Robert Elbin

Robert Elbin

Assoc Professor

Director, Office for Sport Concussion Research

College of Education and Health Professions

(HHPR)-Health, Human Performance, & Recreation

Phone: 479-575-5262

Fax: (479) 575-2853

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Dr. R.J. Elbin is an Associate Professor in Exercise Science at the University of Arkansas and is director of the Office for Sport Concussion Research. Dr. Elbin received a doctorate in Kinesiology from Michigan State University in 2010 and completed a two-year post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program. Dr. Elbin’s research focuses on 1) examining the neurocognitive, physical, and psychosocial effects of sport-related concussion in youth and adolescent populations; 2) identifying factors that influence risk and recovery from sport-related concussion; and 3) documenting best practices for the clinical assessment, management, and treatment of concussion. Dr. Elbin has authored/co-authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications and 150 professional presentations on sport-related concussion. Dr. Elbin was a 2018 recipient of an Early Career Award from the Sport Neuropsychological Society for his work in concussion research.

Dr. Elbin’s research focuses on 1) examining the neurocognitive, physical, and psychosocial effects of sport-related concussion in youth and adolescent populations; 2) identifying factors that influence risk and recovery from sport-related concussion; and 3) documenting best practices for the clinical assessment, management, and treatment of concussion.

Sport and exercise psychology, exercise physiology, motor control, motor development, research methods and statistics

  • Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine, UPMC Sport Concussion Program
  • Ph.D., Michigan State University, Kinesiology, 2010
  • M.A., University of New Orleans, Health and Human Performance, 2005
  • B.A., University of New Orleans, General Studies/Healthcare Marketing, 2002
  • 2013 American College of Sports Medicine Best Clinical Abstract Award
  • 2012 Womack Army Medical Center Research Award
  • 2010 Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, Department of Kinesiology, Michigan State University
  • 2010 College of Education, “Dissertation Completion Award,” Michigan State University
  • 2009 College of Education “Alumni Award,” Michigan State University
  • 2009 Department of Kinesiology Research Fellowship Recipient, Michigan State University
  • 2008 College of Education “Excellence in Teaching and Innovation Award” Nomination, Michigan State University
  • 2008 Summer Research Fellowship, Michigan State University
  • 2005 Crescent City Doctoral Scholarship Recipient, University of New Orleans