Zachary Kerr, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor – Exercise and Sport Science
Director, Center for the Study of Retired Athletes
Department of Exercise and Sport Science
313 Woollen Gym, CB# 8605
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599-8700
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 and as Core Faculty at the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center. 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.
As Core Faculty in the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center, Dr. Kerr’s research and expertise provides leadership in the UNC Injury Prevention Research Center’s focus area of traumatic brain injury. His research also evaluates injury prevention strategies related to concussion and heat stroke, with a focus on injury surveillance and survey research. Through his collaborations with numerous injury prevention, athletic training, and sports medicine experts, he has published over 125 research articles. Dr. Kerr teaches Undergraduate Research Methods (EXSS 273).