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Russo, Stephen PhD

Dr. Stephen Russo received his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University in 1999.

Dr. Russo is a licensed, clinical psychologist and an internationally recognized expert on sport-related concussion, sport psychology, mental training, and peak performance. He has served as a sport psychology consultant since 1998; has functioned as a member of an interdisciplinary sports medicine team throughout his career; and has worked in multiple levels of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). He has served as the Director of Sport Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) - Center for Sports Medicine, the International Junior Golf Academy (IJGA), and Nova Southeastern University (NSU). He is the founder of the UPMC Sport Psychology Program and is also the founder of both the Sport Psychology and Sport Concussion programs at NSU. Dr. Russo underwent training for the clinical management of concussion and has managed concussive injuries with a high degree of success for over 12 years. His work was highlighted in a 2004 publication in the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, which outlined the appropriate management of sport-related concussion for sport psychologists.

Dr. Russo has served as a concussion and sport psychology consultant in the National Football League (NFL), the NCAA, and with numerous college and high school sports teams throughout the Eastern coast of the United States. He also implemented one of the first comprehensive high school concussion protocols in the State of Florida and was an advocate for the establishment of mental health and concussion management protocols for student-athletes in the Broward County Athletic Association and the Sunshine State Conference (SSC). In recognition for his ground-breaking work, Dr. Russo received the “Sports Medicine Person of the Year” award in 2016 from the Athletic Trainers’ Association of Florida (ATAF). In 2016, Dr. Russo served as a clinical, sport psychologist within the Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Clinic where he worked in conjunction with clinicians from the Rothman Institute, Wills Eye Hospital, and Thomas Jefferson University. In addition to establishing and directing the Concussion Management Center at Springfield Psychological, Dr. Russo continues to serve as a provider for the Rothman Institute Concussion Network (RICN).

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