Faculty Profile for Dr. Missy Fraser

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Dr. Missy Fraser
Assistant Professor — Dept of Health & Human Performance
JOW A126
phone: (512) 245-4373

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Dr. Fraser is an Assistant Professor in Athletic Training at Texas State University. She completed her doctoral work in the Human Movement Science Curricula at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2016. While at UNC she studied under Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz, who is a world-renowned concussion researcher and author of the Balance Error Scoring System (BESS). Dr Fraser also was able to train with the team neuropsychologists to improve her application skills and clinical understanding of a plethora of neuropsychological tests. Prior to attending UNC-CH she was the assistant athletic trainer and undergraduate athletic training education director at Texas A&M University-Kingsville for nine years. She has experience working with youth, high school, collegiate, and current and retired professional athletes in clinical and research settings.

Teaching Interests

Neurology, evaluation, rehabilitation, emergency care of injuries

Research Interests

Dr Fraser’s research interests include emergency care in athletic settings and the associations between sport-related repeated subconcussive and concussive head impacts, neuropsychology, and head impact biomechanics. She also has a vested interest in improving concussion assessments and rehabilitation protocols.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Fraser, M. A., Kilchrist, L. M., & Kuo, M. (2022). Concussion baseline retesting is necessary when initial scores are low. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 32, e40–e51. https://doi.org/10.1097/JSM.0000000000000872
  • Kerr, Z. Y., Campbell, K. R., Fraser, M. A., Currie, D. W., Pierport, L. A., Kaminski, T. W., & Mihalik, J. P. (2019). Head impact locations in US high school boys’ and girls’ soccer concussions. 2012/13-2015/16. Journal of Neurotrauma, 36(13), 2073–2082. https://doi.org/10.1089/neu.2017.5319
  • Fraser, M. A., Grooms, D. R., Guskiewicz, K. M., & Kerr, Z. Y. (2017). Ball Contact Injuries in 11 NCAA Sports: The National Collegiate Athletic Association Injury Surveillance Program, 2009/10-2014/15. Journal of Athletic Training, 52(7), 698–707. https://doi.org/10.4085/1062-6050-52.3.1
  • Fraser, M. A. (2022). Towards a multisensory mixed reality platform for the identification, management, and rehabilitation of sport-related concussion. In ICCE-Berlin. IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICCE-Berlin53567.2021.9720005
  • Fraser, M. A. (2022). Evidence to eliminate double leg conditions from the mBESS and BESS. Clinical Journal for Sports Medicine. https://doi.org/10.1097/JSM.0000000000001020

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Alpha Chi Favorite Professor of 2019, TXST Alpha Chi Chapter. November 8, 2019
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Teaching Award of Honor during the COVID-19 Crisis, Texas State Alumni Association. 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Clint Thompson Award for Clinical Advancement, NATA. June 2007

Selected Grants

  • Fraser, Melissa Ann (Co-Principal), Fife, Gabriel Paul (Co-Principal). Bobcat Warriors for Brain Health, Texas State University 2016-2017 Common Experience, Texas State University, $1500. (Submitted: September 2, 2016, Funded: September 28, 2016 - May 2017). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Reviewer / Referee
Sports Medicine Journal
HHP Technology Committee
September 15, 2021-Present
University Research Enhancement Committee
July 2019-Present
Reviewer / Referee
Clincial Journal of Sport Psychology
Texas State Athletic Training