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Meet Karen McAvoy

Center for Concussion Director

Karen McAvoy

Karen McAvoy, Psy.D., is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and the Director of the Center for Concussion at the Rocky Mountain Youth Sports Medicine Institute.

Dr. McAvoy graduated with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver and went on to complete a Pediatric Psychology Internship at The Children's Hospital in Denver and an adult/pediatric Behavioral Medicine post-doctorate fellowship at Farren Memorial Hospital in Massachusetts. She has 20+ years of experience both as a Clinical Psychologist and as a School Psychologist.

Most recently, Dr. McAvoy has been the Coordinator of Mental Health Services and Brain Injury Services for Cherry Creek School District. From 2004-2007, Dr. McAvoy was the Clinical Manager on a Centers for Disease Control study of concussion in high athletes. As the result of that study, Dr McAvoy authored  REAP - A Community-Based Concussion Management Program for Families, Schools and Medical Professionals. In partnership with HealthONE Emergency Departments, REAP provides communities with an immediate and comprehensive concussion management protocol.

When not running after her daughter, her dog and her cat, Dr. McAvoy is an avid runner and consumer of fiction.