Director, UPMC Sports Concussion Program
Michael “Micky” Collins, PhD, is an internationally renowned expert in sports-related concussion and serves as director and a founding member of the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program. Established in 2000, it remains the largest research and clinical program focused on the assessment, treatment, rehabilitation, research and education of sports-related mild traumatic brain injury in athletes of all levels, and it attracts patients embodying youth, high school, collegiate and pro athletes with concerns about safe return to play and clinical management and treatment of sports concussion.
Collins also has been a lead author and investigator on numerous groundbreaking studies of high school and college athletes published in JAMA, Neurosurgery, American Journal of Sports Medicine and Pediatrics and has authored or co-authored over 110 peer-reviewed research articles. Dr. Collins has upward of $10 million in funding for his research efforts.
Nationally, Dr. Collins has been an instrumental source in developing concussion-management policy in youth sports, state legislation on youth safety and the Centers for Disease Control’s concussion toolkit, and he is pioneering targeted treatment pathways for his patients. He is a co-founder of ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing). He is a leader in educating and implementing the proper usage of such baseline and post-injury neurocognitive testing as one tool to help determine an injury’s severity and recovery for safe return to play.
Collins also advises numerous athletic organizations – NFL teams, including the Pittsburgh Steelers, the NHL Penguins, MLB clubs and several NCAA programs. He serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Neurosurgery and the Journal of Sports Neurology.
In addition, UPMC is partnering in Ireland to create the first countrywide network for the diagnosis and treatment of concussion in people of all ages. Dr. Collins is the executive and clinical director of the program, where he oversees the network’s training and quality measures.
Dr. Collins earned a master’s degree in psychology in 1995 and doctorate degree in clinical psychology in 1998 at Michigan State University.
Dr. Collins was named an Irish-America Healthcare and Life Sciences Top 50 Honoree in 2014. In 2010, he received the National Council on Brain Injury annual award for outstanding research and advocacy.