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. She is the author of REAP - a Community-Based Concussion Management Protocol 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 a seminal article in the field) and speaks nationally and internationally on the topic.
Karen McAvoy's Publications
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012). Heads Up to Schools: Know Your Concussion ABC’s, Returning to School After a Concussion: A Fact Sheet for School Professionals. External Expert Reviewer/Contributor
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2013a). Helping students recover from a concussion: Classroom tips for teachers. Retrieved from
Communique - Return to Learning: Going Back to School Following a Concussion, National Association of School Psychologists March/April 2012, Volume 40, Number 6.
Colorado Department of Education, Concussion Management Guidelines, January 2012 & April 2014 Brain Injury Manual for Educators, January 2013.
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
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
Halstead, M., McAvoy, K., Devore, C., Carl, R., Lee, M., Logan, K., … Guinn-Jones, M. (2013). Returning to Learning Following a Concussion. Pediatrics, 132(5), 948–957. doi:10.1542/peds.2013-2867
Halstead, M., 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
Hossler, P., McAvoy, K., Rossen, E., Schoessler, S., & Thompson, P. (2014). A comprehensive team approach to treating concussions in student athletes.Principals Research Review, 9(3), 1–7. Retrieved from http://rockymountainorthopedics.com/util/documents/center-for-concussion/PrincipalsResearchReviewJune2014.pdf
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.
McAvoy, K., (2011). Providing a Continuum of Care for Concussion using Existing Educational Frameworks, Brain Injury Professional, 2011, Volume 9 (1), 26-27.
REAP (Remove/Reduce*Educate*Adjust/Accommodate*Pace) – A Community-Based Concussion Management Program copyright 2009 – Colorado state, national and international recognition as a comprehensive, school-based, community-based protocol for concussion management; mentioned as a teacher resource at the 4th Consensus Conference, Zurich, November 2012.
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.
Brenda Eagan Brown, MEd, CBIS directs a statewide brain injury school consulting program, is an adjunct professor at The George Washington University, & is currently obtaining her doctorate at Johns Hopkins University. She 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. The program she runs was featured in the Wall Street Journal. She is also the also the sibling of a severe TBI survivor.