Zac Houck, M.S.

Biography

Zac Houck, M.S., is a second year graduate student at the University of Florida in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology.  Zac graduated from Jacksonville University in 2013 where he played collegiate baseball and earned degrees in Psychology, Sociology and Social Sciences.  After graduation, Zac worked as a research assistant in a cognitive neuroscience lab at UF on a Department of Defense-funded study dissociating mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder in a veteran population.  Zac is in the Neuropsychology track, and works as a Graduate Research Assistant under the mentorship of Dr. William Perlstein.  He also works closely with Dr. James Clugston, a University Athletic Association team physician for UF’s football and basketball teams.  Zac 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 Interest

Zac’s primary clinical and research interest include identification of non-injury factors that influence cognitive functioning in mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), as well as investigating the utility of cognitive rehabilitation in athletic, military, and civilian populations. Zac’s master’s thesis was focused on The Impact of Developmental History Factors on Baseline Neurocognitive Test Performance in 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.

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, 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).

Presentations

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.

Snyder, A.R., Houck, Z., Greif, S., Asken, B., Tripp, B., Bauer, R., & the Health IMPACTS for Florida Network. Preliminary normative analysis of the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT3) in teenagers. Published Abstract. 12th Annual American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology Conference. June 25-28th, 2014 in New York, NY.

Memberships

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

Member of the Sports Neuropsychological Society (2015 – Present)

Leadership

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

Research Advisor, Athlete Brain (2014 – 2015)