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Sport Science Institute Staff

Brian Hainline, MD

Brian Hainline, M.D., is Chief Medical Officer of the NCAA.  As the first person to hold that position in the organization, Brian oversees the NCAA Sport Science Institute, a national center of excellence whose mission is to promote and develop safety, excellence, and wellness in college student-athletes, and to foster life-long physical and mental development.  The NCAA Sport Science Institute works collaboratively with member institutions and centers of excellence across the United States.

A graduate of Notre Dame and Chicago’s Pritzker School of Medicine, Brian completed his neurology residency at The New York Hospital-Cornell, where he was mentored by Fred Plum and Jerome Posner.  He began his neurology career in neuro-oncology, but shifted to sports neurology and pain medicine when he joined the New York University faculty, where he was Director of Clinical/Orthopedic Neurology at NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases.  Brian was a founding partner at ProHEALTH Care Associates, a 450-plus physician multi-specialty group in Lake Success, NY, where he was Chief of the Division of Neurology and Integrative Pain Medicine.

Brian has been actively involved in sports medicine for more than 20 years.  He co-authored “Drugs and the Athlete” and played a pivotal role the development of drug testing and education protocols worldwide.  He has served on the New York State Medical Advisory Board, the USOC Sports Medicine Committee, and was a founding member of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Neurology Sports Neurology Section, where he continues to serve as councilor and chair of the strategic planning group.

Brian has also played a pivotal role in the development of health and safety standards in tennis, both nationally and internationally.  He was Chief Medical Officer of the US Open Tennis Championships for 16 years, and then served as Chief Medical Officer of the United States Tennis Association before moving to the NCAA.  He is chair of the International Tennis Federation’s Sport Science & Medicine Commission, and oversaw the rollout of international wheelchair tennis competition, a sport for which he wrote the rules of eligibility for both para- and quad-tennis.

Brian is Clinical Professor of Neurology at New York University Langone Medical Center and author of several peer-reviewed journal articles and medical textbook chapters.  In addition to Drugs and the Athlete, he was co-editor of Neurological Complications of Pregnancy (1st and 2nd edition), and he is author of “USTA Drug Education Handbook,” “Back Pain Understood,” and “Positioning Youth Tennis for Success.”

John Parsons, PhD, ATC

John Parsons, a BOC certified and state licensed athletic trainer, is the Director of the NCAA’s Sport Science Institute.  He has spent more than two decades studying, practicing and teaching sports medicine and athletic training. He works alongside NCAA Chief Medical Officer Brian Hainline to address problems such as concussion, student-athlete mental health and improving systems that track sports injuries.

Prior to coming to the NCAA, Dr. Parsons was a faculty member in the graduate athletic training program at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Arizona for 17 years, the last five serving as the director of the program. He earned a bachelor's degree in sports medicine from Marietta College, has master of science degrees in exercise science from the University of Arizona and medical informatics from the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, and a doctoral degree in organizational communication from Arizona State University. Dr. Parsons’ previous patient care experience includes athletic training in the secondary school and clinical settings.

His areas of research interest include healthcare policy, healthcare education, and regulation of healthcare professions, and has written and presented nationally on issues of organizational and management issues in healthcare and healthcare education. He has lectured and published on the related topics of disablement and health-related quality of life in sports-related injuries, and management and education issues involving concussion management.

Dr. Parsons currently serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Sports Rehabilitation and the Athletic Training Education Journal. He is a past-president of the Arizona Athletic Trainers’ Association (AzATA), a current member of the BOC Standards committee, and served on the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s Sports Medicine Advisory Committee.

Mary E. Wilfert, M.Ed.

Mary Wilfert is Associate Director of the NCAA Sport Science Institute. She has administered the NCAA drug-education and drug-testing programs since 1999 and has worked to promote policies and develop resources for student-athlete healthy life choices.  She serves as primary liaison to the NCAA Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports, the Association-wide committee charged with providing leadership on health and safety recommendations to the NCAA membership.  Mary has worked in the health education field for more than 30 years to empower individuals to make informed choices for lifelong health and success.

Mary received her Bachelor of Science degree in in Health Education from the University of Dayton and her Master of Education degree in Community Health Education from the University of Cincinnati.

Latrice Sales, MS

Latrice Sales joined the NCAA in the fall of 2008. She serves as Associate Director of the NCAA Sport Science Institute, where she is responsible for the administration and coordination of initiatives and resources focused on health, wellness and safety for collegiate and pre-collegiate student-athletes and athletic staff at NCAA member institutions. Her primary focus is on sport performance, safety, nutrition and health education.

In addition to coordinating the development and dissemination of health and wellness initiatives within the National Office, Latrice also serves as the health and safety liaison to various Association-wide committees, including NCAA sport rules committees, injury surveillance, student-athlete affairs advisory groups, and NCAA-sponsored student-athlete development conferences and youth programs. Prior to moving to Indianapolis, Latrice worked in the Washington, D.C. area conducting corporate fitness and wellness programs.

Latrice received her Bachelor of Science degrees in Business Management and Health Promotion at Coastal Carolina University and her Master of Science degree in Kinesiology at Georgia Southern University.

Latrice is a member of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA). She is also a personal trainer and certified health fitness specialist (American College of Sports Medicine).

Emily Kroshus, ScD, MPH

Emily Kroshus is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the NCAA Sport Science Institute.  She completed her doctoral degree in 2014 from the Harvard School of Public Health in Social and Behavioral Sciences, with a concentration in Health Communication.  She continues to be affiliated with Harvard School of Public Health as Post-Doctoral Research Fellow and is a 2014-2015 Fellow of the Safra Center for Ethics.  She is broadly interested in translational health communication research as it relates to mental health in sport and exercise settings, including understanding individual, interpersonal and contextual determinants of relevant primary and secondary preventive behaviors and developing and evaluating interventions to modify these behaviors.   As an undergraduate at Princeton University Emily was a three-time NCAA Division I All-American in cross country running and track and field.

Terrie Meyer

Terrie Meyer began her career with the NCAA in July 1999, where she started in the marketing, licensing and promotions department as the administrative assistant and in 2001 took a promotion to the education services department as the executive assistant. In 2012, her role expanded to include the executive assistant to the Chief Medical Officer. Prior to joining the NCAA, Terrie was the executive assistant to the GSM of WNDY-TV owned and operated by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from 1994 to 1999. She is Married to Dennis Meyer, has three sons; Andy Hall, Nick Hall and Alex Hall and two grandchildren Kaela and Jude.

Cindy McKinney

Cindy McKinney is the assistant coordinator in the NCAA Sport Science Institute (SSI). Cindy began working for the NCAA in November 2004. Cindy works directly with the SSI staff, provides support to the Committee on Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports (CSMAS). Cindy’s experience includes executive meeting planning, event management and logistics, presentation development and database management. In the 10 years at the NCAA Cindy has worked closely with the NCAA membership and affiliates on the Inclusion Forum, Women’s Emerging Sports, Title IX, The Committee on Women’s Athletics, Joni Comstock and the Championships and Alliance staff, NACWAA,  The International Women and Girls in Sports Program and the Global Sports Mentoring Program with the U.S. Department of State.