Shawn R. Eagle, PhD

  • Research Assistant Professor

Shawn R. Eagle, PhD, joined the faculty of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh in January of 2022. Dr. Eagle has collaborated on Department of Defense (DoD) funded research through the University of Pittsburgh since 2013. He began focusing on TBI in 2015 when he began his doctoral studies at the University of Pittsburgh’s Neuromuscular Research Laboratory. Dr. Eagle extended his studies as a postdoctoral fellow in the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Clinic from 2019 to 2021. His research interests are currently focused on mitigating risk for long-term sequelae following traumatic brain injury, with a specific focus on mental health issues.

Dr. Eagle has published over 110 papers in refereed journals and presented his research at local, national and international scientific conferences. He is an ad-hoc reviewer for 35 peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Eagle’s publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine’s publication database

Specialized Areas of Interest

Optimizing identification, assessment and management of traumatic brain injury using objective assessments and biological markers to improve long-term patient outcomes.

Board Certifications

Certified Athletic Trainer

Professional Organization Membership

National Athletic Trainers’ Association
National Neurotrauma Society

Professional Activities

Traumatic Brain Injury Subject Matter Expert, TBI Center of Excellence, Department of Defense.

Education & Training

  • BA, Athletic Training, Denison University, 2011
  • MAT, Athletic Training, Texas Tech University, 2013
  • PhD, Rehabilitation Science, University of Pittsburgh, 2019
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, 2021

Honors & Awards

  • Young Investigator Award Finalist, Military Health Sciences Research Symposium, 2020
  • Neuromuscular Plasticity Scholar Award, University of Florida, 2018
  • Doctoral Student Award, International Congress on Soldiers’ Physical Performance, 2017
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Doctoral Student Investigator Award, American College of Sports Medicine, 2016

Media Appearances