Gfeller Center TBI Research UNC-Chapel Hill

Zachary Kerr, PhD, MPH

Department of Exercise and Sport Science
313 Woollen Gym, CB# 8605
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-8700

Professional Summary

Dr. Kerr is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of North Carolina, and serves as the Research Director for the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes.  He teaches Undergraduate Research Methods (EXSS 273). Dr. Kerr completed his undergraduate degree in Communication and Spanish at the University of Washington (Seattle, WA) in 2004. He completed his graduate work at The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH), earning two Master’s degrees in Journalism and Communication in 2006, and Epidemiology in 2010. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Kerr completed his doctoral work in Epidemiology in 2014.  He previously served as the Director of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Injury Surveillance Program.  His research examines the strengths and limitations of sports injury surveillance to discuss strategies to estimate injury incidence.  He also evaluates injury prevention strategies related to traumatic sport-related injuries such as concussions and heat stroke.  Through his collaborations with numerous injury prevention, athletic training, and sports medicine experts, he has published over 75 research articles related to injury surveillance and traumatic sport-related injuries such as concussions and heat stroke.