Loras College will welcome home one of its distinguished alumni when Dr. Michael McCrea, Ph.D., APBB (’88) returns to discuss concussions and their impacts in athletics and beyond. The event will take place on Thursday, April 4, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm in the Bill and JoAnne Miller Academic Resource Center 3rd floor common area and is open to the public.
McCrea graduated from Loras in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology. Following his time in Dubuque, he earned his master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology (APA-Accredited) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee before interning at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. In 1994, McCrea received a post-doctoral fellowship at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Last fall, McCrea was recognized by his alma mater as a recipient of the 2018 Distinguised Alumni Award for Professional Achievements.
McCrea is currently professor and eminent scholar of neurosurgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), where he also serves as vice chair of research and co-director of the Center for Neurotrauma Research (CNTR). McCrea is also a research professor at the Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.
His clinical and research efforts focus on traumatic brain injury (TBI). During the last 20 years, McCrea and his colleagues, both at MCW and around the world, have made significant progress in improving life quality and function for those affected by TBI. McCrea also is the neuropsychology consultant for the Green Bay Packers and oversees the neurocognitive concussion testing program for the National Football League.
While at Loras, McCrea, originally from Benton, Wisconsin, was an officer in the Loras Psychology Club, was active in the Center for Social Research, and served as a tutor in athletics and academic departments. After graduating, he served on the Loras College National Alumni Board for eight years.
McCrea has earned numerous awards including the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Alumni Association Lifetime Achievement Award and the Arthur B. Kohasky Leadership Award from the Wauwatosa Library Foundation. Most recently, he was selected by the U.S. Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) as the recipient of the 2018 Dr. Deborah L. Warden Lectureship award.
DVBIC is the TBI center of excellence for the U.S. Defense Health Agency, and Dr. Warden served as national director of DVBIC from 2001-2007. In her honor, the Deborah L. Warden Lectureship was established in 2007 to acknowledge medical and scientific leaders in the field of traumatic brain injury whose neuroscience research advances TBI knowledge, care and treatment.
His professional appointments include past president of the American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology and newly elected president of the APA Society for Clinical Neuropsychology. Among others, McCrea served on the scientific committee for several International Consensus conferences on sport-related concussion, the Head, Neck and Spine Committee for the NFL and the Defense Health Board for the U.S. Department of Defense.
He has served on editorial boards for several prominent medical publications, including the Journal of American Medical Association, Journal of Athletic Training, American Psychological Association, American Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of International Neuropsychological Society and British Journal of Sports Medicine.
Mike and his wife, Ann Marie, have three children: Grace, Elena and Joe, all of whom attend Catholic schools in the Milwaukee area.