Speakers

Dr. Charles Walker earned his PhD in clinical psychology from the UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and completed his internship and clinical neuropsychology fellowship at UT Southwestern Medical School. He has served in full-time and adjunct faculty teaching and research positions at UT Southwestern, Texas Tech Medical School, Texas Tech University, UT Tyler, and most recently UT Health Northeast, where he was co-chair of the Institutional Review Board (research ethics review). He is the former Corporate Director of Clinical Affairs for a multi-state system of neurorehabilitation centers. He has extensive clinical experience in pain management, brain injury rehabilitation, and behavioral health issues affecting medical patients. He has been a consultant neuropsychologist to medical and psychiatric hospitals, schools, and other healthcare facilities for over 20 years. He is a licensed psychologist health service provider and has provided expert testimony concerning brain injury and mental health issues in state and Federal courts.

Dr. Walker is an active member of multiple professional organizations related to psychology, neuropsychology, brain injury, and rehabilitation, and he served as president of the East Texas Psychological Association in 2007. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the Texas Psychological Association (TPA) and the TPA Speakers Bureau, and he was appointed in 2016 by the State Commissioner to the Advisory Council for the Department of State Health Services Office of Acquired Brain Injury.

Cason Hicks, M.S., is a Clinical Research Coordinator at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He earned an M.S. in Clinical Psychology, Neuropsychology Emphasis from the University of Texas at Tyler. Mr. Hicks previously worked as a Neuropsychological Assistant and Education Coordinator, and is currently contributing research efforts to the ConTex family of studies at UT Southwestern through the Peter O’Donnell Brain Institute. His work has supported the establishment of a statewide registry to track concussions in Texas in collaboration with the UIL, and represents the nation’s largest effort to track concussions in school-aged children. As a result of his research efforts, Mr. Hicks has contributed to a number of manuscripts derived from the ConTex studies and has authored two chapters published in an encyclopedia of Psychology.

Vicky LaMay, Paramedic
In 1996, Vicky started her EMS career as a First Responder gained certification as a Paramedic within two years.  All of her EMS career has been in Texas working for three EMS services in the cities of Nacogdoches, Longview, and Tyler.  While working as a Paramedic, Vicky became an instructor in several continuing education card courses, such as BLS, ACLS, PALS, ITLS, GEMS, and AMLS, and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish and History through Stephen F. Austin State University.  Vicky has been the outreach education coordinator for UT Health East Texas EMS since 2010 and has been involved with the ATeamV Coalition for several years while continuing to teach EMS courses and occasionally working on an ambulance responding to 911 calls.

Dr Jonathan Santana is a dual board certified pediatric primary care sports medicine physician.

Following medical school where he received his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Touro University Nevada, he completed his Pediatric Residency Training at the University of Southern California and his Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He has experience caring for a diverse patient population including pediatric to professional athletes.

He currently is an assistant professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Adolescent and Sports Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and currently sees patients at Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr Santana has spoken at both local and national conferences regarding pediatric sports concussions. He is currently a member of the concussion oversight team for Spring Independent School District and the team physician for Westfield High School. His clinic and research interests include sports related concussions, sports specialization and throwing injuries.