Brenda Eagan Brown, MEd, CBIS has worked in the field of pediatric traumatic brain injury for the past 22 years. She currently directs a statewide brain injury school consulting program, is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University, and is obtaining her doctorate at Johns Hopkins University in Mind, Brain & Teaching.. Brenda is published in the field of concussion in schools, presents nationally/ internationally, and has served on expert panels for both the CDC & IOM committees. She spearheaded the development of the Return to Learn Concussion Management Team Model in her state, training over 1,300+ school district academic focused concussion teams since 2013. She is also the also the sibling of a severe TBI survivor which is where her passion for helping schools and students began.

 Brenda Eagan Brown's Publications

Eagan Brown, B. (2010). Pennsylvania’s BrainSTEPS: Child & Adolescent Brain Injury School Re-Entry Program. Brain Injury Professional, 7(2), 24-25.

Eagan Brown, B., & Vaccaro, M. (2014). Pennsylvania’s BrainSTEPS program: The return to school and academics statewide concussion management team (CMT) project. Brain Injury, 28, 838-839.

Gioia, G. A., Glang, A. E., Hooper, S. R., & Eagan Brown, B. (2016). Building statewide infrastructure for the academic support of students with mild traumatic brain injury. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 31(6), 397–406. doi:10.1097/HTR.0000000000000205

Glang, A., Todis, B., Sublette, P., Eagan Brown, B., & Vaccaro, M. (2010). Professional development in TBI for educators: The importance of context. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation,25(6), 426–432. doi:10.1097/HTR.0b013e3181fb8f45

Halstead, M. E., McAvoy, K., & Eagan Brown, B. (2016). Expanding concussion laws not necessary for return to learning after concussion. Pediatrics, 138(6). doi:10.1542/peds.2016-3194

Halstead, M., Eagan Brown, B., & McAvoy, K. (2017). Cognitive rest following concussions: rethinking “cognitive rest.” British Journal of Sports Medicine, 51(3), 147–147. doi:10.1136/bjsports-2016-096674

McAvoy, K., Eagan Brown, B., & the National Collaborative on Children’s Brain Injuries workgroup. (2017) First national concussion return to learn consensus. Manuscript in preparation.

Myers, R., Eagan Brown, B., Conway, A., Nagele, D., Vaccaro, M., Kendi, S., and Zonfrillo, M. (2017). Examining a statewide educational consulting program for pediatric brain injury. Manuscript in preparation.

Zirkel, P. A., & Eagan Brown, B. (2015). K–12 students with concussions. The Journal of School Nursing, 31(2), 99–109. doi:10.1177/1059840514521465

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2013). Helping students recover from a concussion: Classroom tips for teachers. Retrieved from

Pennsylvania Department of Education. (2013). The BrainSTEPS program - returning to school after concussion: Recommended protocol. Retrieved from

Pennsylvania Department of Education. (2016). Teacher’s desk reference on concussion.
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Dettmer, J., Ettel, D., Glang, A., & McAvoy, K. (2014). Building statewide infrastructure for effective educational services for students with TBI: Promising practices and recommendations. The Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 29(3), 224–232. doi:10.1097/HTR.0b013e3182a1cd68

Eagan Brown, B., & McAvoy, K. (April 2017). Concussion return to learn: Two national models utilizing an interdisciplinary trifecta for concussion student and classroom management. Oral session presented at the meeting of the International Brain Injury Congress, New Orleans, LA.

Eagan Brown, B., Tyler, J., & Hotchkiss, H. (March 2017). BrainSTEPS child & adolescent brain injury school consulting program-providing interdisciplinary support to students, schools, and families following acquired brain injury. Poster session presented at the meeting of the International Brain Injury Congress, New Orleans, LA. 


Karen McAvoy, PsyD is a dually credentialed clinical and school psychologist. After 20 years as a school psychologist in Cherry Creek Schools, she left the district to write mild/moderate/severe TBI policy for the Colorado Department of Education and is adjunct faculty for the University of Colorado Denver, School Psychology/PsyD program.  She is the author of REAP - a Community-Based Concussion Management Protocol (see and is now the Director of  a concussion clinic in a large metropolitan Hospital for Children. Dr McAvoy is well published on Concussion Return to Learn (co-author of numerous articles in the field) and speaks nationally and internationally on the topic.

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