Dr. Karen Gallagher is the Senior Researcher at the Global Sport Institute. She works in developing research initiatives, leading research projects, and establishing internal and external research collaborations. Her work focuses on elite athletes and the post-sport journey, building on her work with military Veterans in the military-to-civilian transition. Dr. Gallagher’s dissertation work and subsequent publications and presentations have focused on military service-related conditions, including mild traumatic brain injury, and military-to-civilian transition and their impact on higher-order cognitive processes. She was named a Pat Tillman Scholar in 2016. She has presented her work at international and national conferences, including the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, International Neuropsychological Society, Defense Centers of Excellence, and the International Cognitive-Communication Disorders Conference. She has published in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has been featured in multiple news and feature stories by a variety of media outlets, including Fox Sports. She has taught graduate courses in Traumatic Brain Injury and Motor Speech Disorders. Dr. Gallagher is a U.S. Army Airborne Gulf War 1 Veteran where she deployed with the 35th Signal Brigade (ABN) as a chemical specialist.