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Stephen Russo, PhD

Stephen Russo, PhD

Dr. Russo joined the Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center in September of 2016, but has served as an applied sport psychology professional for almost two decades. He is a nationally and internationally recognized expert on sport-related concussion, sport psychology, mental training, and peak performance. He has also served as a sport psychology consultant at the D-I and D-II levels of the NCAA and has functioned as a member of an interdisciplinary sports medicine team throughout his career. Dr. Russo has been managing Sports-Related Concussion for more than 12 years and has worked as the Director of Sport Psychology for three separate organizations: the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center - Center for Sports Medicine, the International Junior Golf Academy, and Nova Southeastern University. His career highlights include outlining the appropriate management of sport-related concussion for sport psychologists, serving as a concussion and sport psychology consultant for the Miami Dolphins, and implementing one of the first comprehensive concussion protocols in the Sunshine State Conference (SSC). He also founded both the UPMC and the NSU Sport Psychology programs as well as the NSU Concussion Clinic in 2009. Dr. Russo's clinical work was instrumental in the establishment of a 2012 School Board of Broward County resolution that mandated baseline concussion for all athletes in the Broward County Athletic Association. In recognition for his contributions to the Florida sports medicine community, Dr. Russo received the Sports Medicine Person of the Year award from the Athletic Trainers' Association of Florida in 2016.

  • B.S., University of Pittsburgh
  • M.S., Nova Southeastern University
  • Pre-Doctoral Internship, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
  • P.h.D., Nova Southeastern University
  • Pennsylvania Licensed, Clinical Psychologist
  • Florida Licensed, Clinical Psychologist
  • South Carolina Licensed, Clinical Psychologist
  • Credentialed ImPACT Consultant
  • National Register of Health Service Psychologists
  • Association for Applied Sport Psychology
  • American Psychological Association

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For Your Brain The Best Minds