Breton Asken, M.S. ATC.

Biography

Breton Asken, MS, ATC, is a graduate student at the University of Florida (UF) in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology.  Breton graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Asken 1Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) in 2013 where he majored in Exercise and Sport Science – Athletic Training and in Psychology.  While attending UNC, Breton was a research assistant in the Matthew Gfeller Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury Research Center in addition to being a student athletic trainer for many of UNC’s varsity athletic teams.  He has been a board certified athletic trainer (ATC) since 2013.  He is currently in the Neuropsychology track of UF’s Clinical Psychology program under the mentorship of Dr. Russell Bauer.  He also works closely with Dr. James Clugston, a University Athletic Association team physician for UF’s football and basketball teams.  Breton serves as the Neuropsychology Clinical and Research Coordinator for the UF Sports Concussion Center, a multidisciplinary clinic which provides specialized concussion management services to students through UF’s Student Health Care Center (http://shcc.ufl.edu/services/specialty-care/sports-concussion-center/).

Clinical and Research Focus

Breton’s clinical and research interests include biopsychosocial influences of neurobehavioral function following sport-related mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).  He is interested in the moderating effects of pre- and post-injury factors on both acute and chronic outcomes.  Additionally, Breton hopes to identify particular risk factors which can be targeted in order to incorporate individualized pre-habilitation and rehabilitation into concussion management as a means of mitigating short and long term adverse consequences.  He plans to focus is dissertation on examining the effects of biopsychosocial factors and collision sport exposure on gray and white matter structural differences among collegiate student athletes.

Publications

B. Asken, M. McCrea, A. Snyder, J. Clugston, Z. Houck, R. Bauer (2016 – In Press).  ”Playing Through It”: Delayed Removal from Athletic Activity Following Concussion Predicts Prolonged Recovery.  Journal of Athletic Training.

B. Asken, J. P. Mihalik, J. Schmidt, A. Littleton, K. Guskiewicz, J. Hopfinger (2016 – In Press). A Comparison of Various Clinical Measures of Visual Performance and Functional Implications in Healthy Participants: A Sports Concussion Perspective. Athletic Training and Sports Health Care.

Z. Houck, B. Asken, R. Bauer, J. Pothast, C. Michaudet, J. Clugston (2016 – In Press).  Epidemiology of Sport-Related Concussion in a Division 1 Collegiate Football Sample.  American Journal of Sports Medicine.

B. Asken, J. Clugston, A. Snyder, R. Bauer (Under Review).  Baseline Neurocognitive Performance and Clearance for Return-to-Contact.  Under Review: Journal of Athletic Training

M. Clark, B. Asken, S. Marshall, K. Guskiewicz (Under Review). Descriptive Characteristics of Concussions in National Football League Games, 2010-11 to 2013-14.  Under Review: American Journal of Sports Medicine

B. Asken, M. Sullan, A. Snyder, Z. Houck, M. McLaren, L. Hizel, V. Bryant, D. Dede, S. DeKosky, R. Bauer (In Preparation). Complications of Neurobehavioral Changes Associated with Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE).

B. Asken, L. Gaynor, A. Snyder, M. Sullan, J. Clugston, R. Bauer (In Preparation).  Prevalence of Concussion-Like Symptoms in Healthy Collegiate Athletes.

B. Asken, A. Snyder, S. Smith, J. Zaremski, R. Bauer (In Preparation).  Prevalence of Concussion-Like Symptoms and Psychological Disorders in Adolescent Student Athletes.

A. Snyder, B. Asken, J. Zaremski, S. Smith, R. Bauer (In Preparation).  A Normative Study of the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT3) in Adolescent Student Athletes.

Poster Presentations

B. Asken, A. Snyder, J.L. Zaremski, M.S. Smith, R. Bauer. Pre-Morbid Characteristics of Adolescent Student-Athletes: A Sport-Related Concussion Perspective. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society conference in Denver, Colorado, February 2015.

A. Snyder, B. Asken, J.L. Zaremski, M.S. Smith, R. Bauer. Normative Values and the Impact of Demographics at Baseline for the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT3) in Teenagers. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society conference in Denver, Colorado, February 2015.

A. Snyder, B. Asken, Z. Houck, R. Bauer, & the Health IMPACT for Florida Network.  The Effects of Age and Gender on Baseline Performance on the Child Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (Child SCAT3). Poster presented at the 3rd Annual Sport Concussion Symposium in Atlanta, GA, May 1st-2nd, 2015.

Z. Houck, B. Asken, J. Clugston, & R. Bauer.  Improved Performance on the King-Devick Test When Re-Tested After Collegiate Sport Exposure. Poster presented at the 3rd Annual Sport Concussion Symposium in Atlanta, GA, May 1st-2nd, 2015.

B. Asken, Z. Houck, J. Clugston, & R. Bauer. Baseline Test Performance and Days to Return-to-Contact: Implications for the Lack of Effectiveness of “Sandbagging”. Poster presented at the 3rd Annual Sport Concussion Symposium, May 1st-2nd, 2015 in Atlanta, GA.

B. Asken, M. McCrea, J. Clugston, A. Snyder, Z. Houck, & R. Bauer.  “Playing Through It.” Delayed Reporting and Removal from Athletic Activity Following Concussion Predicts Prolonged Recovery.  Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society conference in Boston, Massachusetts, February 2016.

A. Snyder, B. Asken, J. Clugston, & R. Bauer.  Confirmatory Factor Analysis on the Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT).  Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society conference in Boston, Massachusetts, February 2016.

E. Crew, B. Asken, M. Sullan, J. Clugston, & R. Bauer.  Acute sleep changes following sport-related concussion are associated with intra-individual cognitive variability on ImPACT. Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society conference in Boston, Massachusetts, February 2016.

M. Sullan, B. Asken, A. Snyder, E. Crew, J. Clugston, & R. Bauer.  The relationship between post-concussive sleep symptoms and recovery time in Division 1 collegiate athletes.  Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society conference in Boston, Massachusetts, February 2016.

L. Gaynor, B. Asken, J. Clugston, & R. Bauer.  Base Rates of Concussion-Like Symptoms in Healthy Collegiate Athletes: A Predictive Tool for Post-Concussive Recovery Time Poster presented at the International Neuropsychological Society conference in Boston, Massachusetts, February 2016.

Didactic Presentations

Sport-Related Concussion: Neuropsychology and Computer-Based Assessments.  Presented at the University of Florida Student Health Care Center Grand Rounds – December, 2014

Concussion Assessment: Screening Tools, Red Flags, and Complications.  Presented semi-annually at the University of Florida Student Health Care Center Grand Rounds

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI): Awareness and Management Strategies.  Presented at the National Strength and Conditioning Association: Tactical Strength and Conditioning Conference in Orlando, FL – April, 2015

Awards and Memberships

Outstanding Poster Award, Sports Neuropsychological Society Sports Concussion Symposium (2015)

Research Travel Award, Graduate Student Council, University of Florida (2015 and 2016)

Research Travel Award, Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training, University of Florida (2015)

Member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and APA Division 40 (2014 – Present)

Member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (2010 – Present)

Member of the Sports Neuropsychological Society (2015 – Present)

Member of the Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training (2014 – Present)

Leadership

Neuropsychology Clinical and Research Coordinator, UF Sports Concussion Center (2014 – Present)

Research Advisor, Athlete Brain (2014 – Present)