Assistant Professor, CAT(C), PhD
Dr. Black is an assistant professor and certified athletic therapist trained in epidemiology and mixed methods research. She completed her specialized Honours BSc in Kinesiology and Health Science and MSc at York University as well as a PhD with a specialization in Sport Medicine at the University of Calgary.
Dr. Black leads the injury prevention, clinical intervention, and implementation science (I3) research group at Brock University. Core projects focus on:
- Injury surveillance and epidemiology,
- Evidence-based practice and knowledge translation, and
- Theory-driven implementation, behaviour change, and evaluation.
Ongoing projects include examining the implementation of concussion guidelines, education, and management protocols for sporting organizations and high schools, examining the context for implementation for injury prevention initiatives, injury surveillance in high school and university athletic populations, and injury/concussion experience in visually impaired athletes.
Her research in concussion spans across the spectrum of prevention with projects examining the epidemiology, diagnostic tools, and education to help manage concussion and tools to track recovery. Throughout her research training, she has worked as a Certified Athletic Therapist on the field and in the clinic. She also worked as a non-physician expert in an acute sport concussion clinic.
Knowledge Translation is a passion of the I3 group. Some examples of publicly available resources Dr. Black has contributed to are listed below.
- Injury prevention
- Sport-related concussion
- Knowledge translation and implementation science
- Evidence-based athletic therapy practices and protocols,
- Evidence-based sports medicine and public health
- Canadian Athletic Therapy Association Research Article Writing Award (2023)
- Canadian Collaborating Centers for Injury Prevention Award for Collaborative Excellence (2022)
- Canadian Athletic Therapy Association Research Article Writing Award (2019)
- CIHR Project Grant “The Can-IIHSS: A Canadian integrated platform for injury and concussion prevention” (2023-2027)
- SSHRC Insight Development Grant “Understanding the context for concussion prevention in youth sport: socio-cultural and psychological barriers” (2022-2025)
- National Athletic Trainer’s Association
- American College of Sport Medicine
- Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Society
- Alberta Athletic Therapy Association
- Canadian Athletic Therapy Association (CATA)
How can I get involved in the lab?
Please contact us if you:
- Are interested in applying for graduate research at the Masters or PhD level, or inquiring about Post-Doctoral opportunities
- Are a Brock University student applying for a thesis research project or a summer studentship and interested in working in our lab
- Are part of an organization and would like to partner with us in research *Are interested in participating in a current or future research study
Please note: The Department of Kinesiology graduate application deadline is mid-February. If you are interested in applying please reach out well in advance of the application deadline.