Breton Asken, M.S. ATC.

Biography

Breton Asken, MS, ATC, is a 4th year 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 Carolina 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 & Health Psychology program under the mentorship of Dr. Russell Bauer.  Breton serves as the Neuropsychology Clinical and Research Coordinator for the UF Sports Concussion Center, which provides specialized concussion management services to students through UF’s Student Health Care Center.  He has ongoing research collaborations with the Department of Neurology.  Breton also performs neuropsychological assessments of retired professional football players through UF’s Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Assessment Interdisciplinary (BRAIN) Clinic in accordance with the National Football League’s Baseline Assessment Program, under Dr. Bauer’s supervision.

Clinical and Research Focus

Breton’s clinical and research interests include biopsychosocial influences of cognitive, mood, and behavioral function following mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and repetitive brain trauma.  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 for individualized pre-habilitation and rehabilitation as a means of mitigating short and long term adverse consequences.  He plans to focus his dissertation on examining the effects of concussion history and collision sport exposure on clinical and physiological biomarkers.

Publications

Asken BM, Sullan MJ, DeKosky ST, Jaffee MS, Bauer RM (In Press). Research Gaps and Controversies in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. JAMA Neurology

Houck, Z. M., Asken, B. M., Clugston, J. R., Perlstein, W. M., Bauer, R. M. (In Press). Socioeconomic status outperforms concussion history and sport participation in predicting baseline neurocognitive scores of collegiate athletes.  Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.

McCrea, M.A., Asken, B. M., Nelson, L. D. (2017). Neuropsychological Screening of Sport-Related Concussion. Neurology Clinics; Online First. DOI: 10.1016/j.ncl.2017.03.005. http://www.neurologic.theclinics.com/article/S0733-8619(17)30027-0/pdf

DeKosky, S. T. & Asken, B. M. (In Press). State of the Art Update on TBI: Injury Cascades in TBI-Related Neurodegeneration. Brain Injury.

Asken, B. M., DeKosky, S. T., Jaffee M. S., Clugston, J. R., Bauer, R. M. (2017).  Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) Findings in Adult Civilian, Military, and Sport-Related Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI): A Systematic Critical Review. Brain Imaging and Behavior, Online First. DOI: 10.1007/s11682-017-9708-9. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11682-017-9708-9

Asken, B. M., Gaynor, L. S., Snyder, A. R., Sullan, M. J., Clugston, J. R., Bauer, R. M. (2017).  Concussion-Like Symptom Reporting in Non-Concussed Collegiate Athletes.  Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology,Online First.  DOI: 10.1093/arclin/acx018. https://academic.oup.com/acn/article/3065328

Clark, M.D, Asken, B.M., Marshall, S. W., Guskiewicz, K.M. (2017). Descriptive Characteristics of Concussions in National Football League Games, 2010-11 to 2013-14.  American Journal of Sports Medicine. Online First. DOI: 10.1177/036354651667072. http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0363546516677793

Asken, B. M., Snyder, A. R., Smith, M. S., Zaremski J. L., Bauer R. M. (2017).  Concussion-like symptom reporting in non-concussed adolescent athletes.  The Clinical Neuropsychologist. 31(1) 138-153. DOI:10.1080/13854046.2016.1246672. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27758158

Asken, B. M., Clugston, J. R., Snyder, A. R., & Bauer, R. M. (2016). Baseline Neurocognitive Performance and Clearance for Athletes to Return to Contact. Journal of Athletic Training, 51(12). Online First. DOI: 10.4085/1062-6050-51.12.27. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27905859

Asken, B.M., Sullan, M.J., Snyder, A.R., Houck, Z.M., Bryant, V.E., Hizel, L.P., McLaren, M.E., Dede, D.E., Jaffee, M.S., DeKosky, S.T. and Bauer, R.M., (2016). Factors Influencing Clinical Correlates of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE): a Review. Neuropsychology Review, 26(4), 340-363. DOI: 10.1007/s11065-016-9327-z. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27561662

Houck, Z., Asken, B., Bauer, R., Pothast, J., Michaudet, C., & Clugston, J. (2016). Epidemiology of sport-related concussion in an NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision Sample. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 44(9), 2269-75. DOI: 10.1177/0363546516645070. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27159307

Asken, B. M., Mihalik, J. P., Schmidt, J. D., Littleton, A. C., Guskiewicz, K. M.,& Hopfinger, J. B. (2016). Visual Performance Measures and Functional Implications in Healthy Participants: A Sports Concussion Perspective. Athletic Training and Sports Health Care. http://www.healio.com/orthopedics/journals/atshc/2016-7-8-4/%7B829d9bae-43f3-4b2a-9366-0ad2c631aa20%7D/visual-performance-measures-and-functional-implications-in-healthy-participants-a-sports-concussion-perspective

Asken, B. M., McCrea, M. A., Clugston, J. R., Snyder, A. R., Houck, Z. M., & Bauer, R. M. (2016). “Playing Through It”: Delayed Reporting and Removal From Athletic Activity After Concussion Predicts Prolonged Recovery. Journal of athletic training51(4), 329-335. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27111584.

Book Chapters

(In Press)

McCrea, M. A., Asken, B.M., Nelson, L. D., Barr, W.B. (In Press) Persistent Postconcussive Symptoms after Sport-Related Concussion. Neuropsychological Perspectives on Sport-Related Concussion; American Psychological Association.

Asken, B. M., Smith, G. E., & Bauer, R. M. (in press). Traumatic brain injury and dementia: Considerations for the forensic geropsychologist.  In S. S. Bush and A. Heck (Eds.). Forensic Geropsychology: Practice Essentials. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Books.

Asken, B. M. & Bauer, R. M. (In Press). Traumatic brain injury and repetitive brain trauma: Chronic traumatic encephalopathy and dementia syndromes. Handbook on Dementia. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association

Manuscripts Under Review

Sullan, M.J., Asken, B.M., Jaffee, M.S., DeKosky, S.T., Bauer, R.M. (Under Review). Glymphatic System Disruption as a Mediator of Brain Trauma and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.  Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews

Asken BM, Bauer RM, Guskiewicz KM, McCrea MA, Schmidt JD, Giza CC, Snyder AR, Houck ZM, Kontos AP, McAllister TW, Broglio SP, Clugston, JR, and CARE Consortium Investigators (Under Review). Effect of Playing Through Concussion on Recovery in Collegiate Athletes.  American Journal of Sports Medicine

Poster Presentations

Asken, C. Moreno, J. Clugston, J. Boone, D. DuBose, R. Bauer. Effect of Sport Type and Concussion History on Baseline Serum Biomarker Concentration in Collegiate Athletes. Poster presented at the 45th annual International Neuropsychological Society conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 1-4, 2017.

Houck, B. Asken, R. Bauer, J. Pothast, C. Michaudet, J. Clugston. Epidemiology of Sport-Related Concussion in an NCAA Division-1 Football Bowl Subdivision Sample. Poster presented at the 4th Annual Sport Concussion Symposium, April 29-30th, 2016 in Houston, TX

Asken, J. Clugston, R. Bauer. Differences Between Athletes and Non-Athletes Acutely After Concussion. Poster presented at the 4th Annual Sport Concussion Symposium, April 29-30th, 2016 in Houston, TX

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 3rdAnnual Sport Concussion Symposium, May 1st-2nd, 2015 in Atlanta, GA.

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 3rdAnnual Sport Concussion Symposium in Atlanta, GA, May 1st-2nd, 2015.

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.

Breck, R. Donlan, B. Asken, D. Dubose, J. Boone, P. Silvestri, A. Listhaus, J. Clugston. An Analysis of Baseline Clinical Reaction Time in Collegiate Football Players. Poster presented at the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine conference, April 14th, 2015, in Hollywood, CA.

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.

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.

Snyder, C. Gibbons, O. Glotfelty, B. Asken, R. Bauer, Health IMPACTS for Florida Network. A Comparison of Baseline Symptom Reporting on the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT2) and Child SCAT3. Poster presented at the 1st Annual Sports Concussion Conference. July 11th-13th 2014 in Chicago, Illinois.

Snyder, Z. Houck, S. Greif, B. Asken, B. Tripp, R. Bauer, & the Health IMPACTS for Florida Network. Preliminary Normative Analysis of the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT3) in Teenagers. Poster presented at the 12th Annual American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology Conference. June 25-28th, 2014 in New York, NY.

S. Greif, A. Snyder, Z. Houck, B. Asken, R. Bauer & the Health IMPACTS for Florida Network. The Effect of a Previous Concussion on Baseline Performance on the Sport Concussion Tool (SCAT3) at Baseline. Poster presented at the 12th Annual American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology Conference.  June 25-28th, 2014 in New York, NY

Conference and Didactic Presentations

2014

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

 2015

Concussion Assessment: Screening Tools, Red Flags, and Complications. University of Florida Student Health Care Center Grand Rounds. March, 2015 and April, 2015 – Gainesville, FL

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

 2016

Research and Clinical Management of Brain Injury: Acute, Chronic, and Long Term Considerations. University of Miami Department of Physical Therapy. July 15, 2016 – Coral Gables, FL

Physiological Effects of Delayed Removal from Activity Following Sport-Related Concussion as Evidenced in Serum Biomarkers. Symposium presentation at the 45th International Neuropsychological Society conference, February 2017. New Orleans, LA

 2017

Effect of Playing Through Concussion on Recovery in Collegiate Athletes. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Department of Defense (DOD) Concussion Assessment, Research, and Education (CARE) Consortium Investigators Meeting. June 13, 2017 – Chicago, IL

Clinical and Pathological Outcomes Associated with Repetitive Brain Trauma: Biopsychosocial Considerations. “Special Topic” presentation at 68th National Athletic Trainers’ Association Clinical Symposia and AT Expo, June 29, 2017 – Houston, TX.

(Upcoming) Concussion: Definitions, Pathophysiology, and Biomarkers. Florida Society of Neurology. September 8, 2017 – Orlando, FL

Grants and Awards

2014

University of Florida Pepsi Gators Give Back Refresh Grant – $2,500

 2015

Student Research Award for “Best Poster” at the 3rd Annual Sport Neuropsychology Society’s Sport Concussion Symposium; 2015. Baseline Test Performance and Days To Return-to-Contact: Implications for the Lack of Effectiveness of “Sandbagging”.

Graduate Student Council Research Travel Grant – $350

 2016

Graduate Student Council Research Travel Grant – $350

Office of Research Travel Grant – $250

Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training – $250

 2017

Graduate Student Council Research Travel Grant – $350

Office of Research Travel Grant – $133.33

Association of Neuropsychology Students in Training – $133.33

The 2016 Journal of Athletic Training Clint Thompson Award for Clinical Practice Advancement for the manuscript “Playing Through It”: Delayed Reporting and Removal From Athletic Activity After Concussion Predicts Prolonged Recovery. Journal of athletic training51(4), 329-33