Ep. 90 - Concussions: Sports, Treatment, Assessments, Culture - Alaina S. Davis

September 26, 2023

In this episode, Alaina S. Davis, Ph.D., CCC-SLP/L, CBIST joins the show to discuss TBI and concussion management. We explore her research, the assessment process, treatment, and more!

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We Discuss

  • (0:00) Introduction
  • (2:22) Alaina’s Professional Journey
  • (5:44) Specializing in Concussions
  • (7:42) Concussion Research
  • (12:52) Research Outcomes
  • (16:24) Concussion Assessment Process
  • (25:00) Discourse Sampling for Concussion Assessment
  • (32:36) Treatment for Concussions
  • (41:37) Typical Prognosis
  • (43:50) Concussion Management for Black Athletes


Dr. Alaina Davis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Howard University, the owner of Overall Neuro Rehab, LLC, and a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer. Her expertise is in cognitive-communicative disorders associated with TBI. Dr. Davis' research lab, the Center for Cognitive-Communicative Skills (CCC Skills), focuses on adolescents and adults with sports-related concussions and the process for return-to-learn/play/activity.

She also serves as the Lead SLP for the Howard University Concussion Management Team. Dr. Davis’ work has a significant focus on the cognitive and communication styles of adolescents and adults from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds and implementing cultural responsiveness in assessment and treatment.

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Host - Jennifer Martin

Producer - Jonathan Cary
Assistant Producers – Katie Schrauben & Sam MacKay 

Music - Aidan Dykes
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