Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Nathan E. Kegel, PhD

  • Assistant Professor

Education & Training

  • MSEd, Duquesne University
  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh
  • Fellowship: Neuropsychology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine Concussion Program

Representative Publications

1. Kontos, A.P., Sufrinko, A.S., Womble, M., & Kegel, N. (in press). Neuropsychological Assessment Following Concussion: An Evidence-based Review of the Role of Neuropsychological Assessment Pre- and Post-Concussion. Current Pain and Headache Reports.

2. Elbin, R.J., Knox, J., Kegel, N., Lowder, H.B., French, J., Burkhart, S., Collins, M.W., & Kontos, A.P. (in press). Assessing Concussion Symptoms in Adolescent Athletes Following Sport-Related Concussion: A Comparison of Four Different Approaches. Applied Neuropsychology: Child.

3. Elbin, R.J., Kontos, A.P., Kegel, N., Johnson, E., Burkhart, S., & Schatz, P. (2013). Individual and Combined Effects of LD and ADHD on Computerized Neurocognitive Concussion Test Performance: Evidence for Separate Norms. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 28(5), 476-484.

4. Sandel, N., Lovell, M., Kegel, N., Collins, M., & Kontos, A. (2012). The relationship of symptoms and neurocognitive performance to perceived recovery from sports-related concussion in adolescent athletes. Applied Neuropsychology Child, 0, 1-6.

5. Kegel, N. E. & Lovell, M. R. (2012). Methods of formal assessment of concussion. In J. Apps & K. Walter (Eds.), Handbook of pediatric concussion. New York: Springer.

6. Elbin, R.J., Burkhart, S., Fazio, V., Fanelli, L., Kegel, N., Kontos, A. P. (2012). Prospective study of the neurocognitive effects of concussion among youth football. Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Journal, 173. 

7. Kegel, N. E. & Lovell, M. R. (2011). Sports-related concussion: Identification and return-to-play decision making. In F. Zollman (Ed.), Management of traumatic brain injury. New York: Demos Medical Publishing.

8. Johnson, E. W., Kegel, N. E., & Collins, M. W. (2011). Neuropsychological assessment of sport-related concussion. Clinics in Sports Medicine, 30(1), 73-88.

9. Fazio, V. C., Collins, M. W., Pardini, J. E., Johnson, E., Kegel, N., & Lovell, M. R. (2010). The Importance of Academic Accommodations for Cognitive Rest in Recovery from Concussion. Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Journal, 171.

Research Interests

1. Use of neuropsychological testing in assessment and management of sports-related concussion

2. Development of neurocognitive assessment methods for pediatric population

3. Risk factors related to protracted recovery from concussion (e.g. migraine, motionsensitivity, occurrence and timing of repeated concussion)

4. Usefulness and efficacy of academic accommodations following concussion