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Johna Register-Mihalik, PhD, LAT, ATC, FACSM, FNATA

Associate Professor – Exercise & Sport Science

Department of Exercise and Sport Science
125 Fetzer Hall, Campus Box 8700
The University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

O: 919.962.2702 | IPRC: 919.843.1671

Twitter: @johnamihalik


Johna Register-Mihalik, PhD, LAT, ATC, FACSM, FNATA is an Associate Professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science. She is the Co-Director, alongside Dr. Adam Kiefer, of the STAR Heel Performance Laboratory and is  founding and core faculty in the Matthew Gfeller Center. She also serves as Core Faculty with the Injury Prevention Research Center and as the Traumatic Division Director for the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Alabama in Athletic Training and her master’s, Athletic Training, doctoral, Human Movement Science, and postdoctoral, Neuroscience, training at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Prior to joining the faculty in Exercise and Sport Science, she served as the Senior Research Associate in the Emergency Services Institute at WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, NC. Dr. Register-Mihalik’s research interests include the negative consequences, prevention, education and clinical management of sport and recreational TBI. Her primary work centers on novel behavioral and clinical interventions to improve the prevention and care for concussion across the lifespan. She has been the recipient of several research grants to pursue this line of work. Her work has been published in a variety of journals across the sports medicine and brain injury literature. Dr. Register-Mihalik is also an active member of many professional organizations including the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, NATA, and the American College of Sports Medicine, ACSM. In addition, she currently serves on the NATA’s Convention Program Committee and the NATA Research and Education Foundation’s Pronouncements and Research Committees. Dr. Register-Mihalik was the 2018 recipient of the NATA Research and Education Foundation’s New Investigator award and is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.