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Gfeller Center TBI Research UNC-Chapel Hill

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 Core Faculty with the Center for the Study of Retired Athletes, the Matthew Gfeller Traumatic Brain Injury Center, and 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. Dr. Kerr’s work has been funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute of Health, National Football League, National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation, and National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment.

Through Dr. Kerr’s collaborations with numerous injury prevention, athletic training, and sports medicine experts, he has published over 180 research articles. In 2018, he was the recipient of the New Investigator Award, awarded by the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Kerr also teaches Undergraduate Research Methods (EXSS 273).