Brenda Eagan Johnson, Ed.D., CBIS

Brenda Eagan

Phone: 724-944-6542

Brenda Eagan Johnson, Ed.D., CBIS is the State Program Coordinator for Pennsylvania’s Child and Adolescent Brain Injury School Re-Entry Consulting Program called BrainSTEPS, which is jointly funded by the PA Departments of Education and Health ( The BrainSTEPS Program was chosen in 2017 by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) as a nationally recognized model and was recently adopted by the Colorado Department of Education. For over a decade, Brenda has focused on program development, implementation, consultation, and training for the approximately 300 educational consultants on 30 BrainSTEPS educational teams across the state. She received her Master’s Degree in the educational aspects of pediatric traumatic brain injury from the George Washington University, where she now serves as an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education and Human Development. She is currently in a doctoral program at Johns Hopkins University focusing on Educational Leadership specializing in Mind, Brain, and Teaching. Brenda is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist, holds three PA teaching certifications, and serves on two national advisory boards. Brenda is published focusing on pediatric brain injury topics in education including building state infrastructure, teacher training, and legal safeguards. She also reviews manuscripts focused on concussion and return to learn. She regularly presents at the state, national and international levels, and has received multiple state/national awards for her work in brain injury. Currently, she serves as an expert external reviewer for the CDC Report to Congress on Management of Traumatic Brain Injury in Children and has also co-authored a CDC document on return to school. She was chosen as an expert concussion presenter for the Obama appointed Institute of Medicine/National Research Council Committee. Spearheading development and creation of PA’s Return to Learn Concussion Management Team Model, she trained over 1,300+ school-based teams in PA the initial four years, and the program was highlighted in the Wall Street Journal. She created a website with a colleague focused on empowering educators and was charged with co-leading the first National Concussion Return to Learn Consensus for the National Collaborative for Children’s Brain Injury (NCCBI). Most importantly, Brenda has a brother who sustained a severe traumatic brain injury while they were teenagers, which is where her passion for helping families and students began. She lives with her husband, boy/girl twins who are away at college, and their Shih Tzu, Piper.

Janet Tyler, PHD, CBIST

Janet Taylor

Phone: 303-866-2879

Janet Tyler, Ph.D., CBIST is the Senior Brain Injury Consultant, Health and Wellness Unit, Colorado Department of Education where she provides support to Colorado school districts to facilitate the educational needs of students with brain injury. Dr. Tyler coordinates Colorado’s Child and Adolescent Brain Injury School Re-Entry Consulting Program (BrainSTEPS CO) providing training to school personnel to form BrainSTEPS CO teams to serve their districts or Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES). Prior to moving to Colorado in 2015, Dr. Tyler served as director of an innovative statewide program in Kansas that provided training and consultation to educators serving students with brain injuries. Serving in that position for twenty-three years, she trained over a thousand educators, related service personnel, and family members; coordinated hospital-to-school re-entry for hundreds of students with brain injury; and guided school personnel in developing educational programs for those students. Dr. Tyler also developed a brain injury curriculum and taught a graduate level course on traumatic brain injury for fourteen semesters at the University of Kansas. Dr. Tyler has published extensively on educational issues related to brain injury, including articles in peer-reviewed journals, books, book chapters, manuals, and tip cards. She has served as a board member for the American Academy for the Certification of Brain Injury Specialists and the Kansas Traumatic Brain Injury Systems Development Project. She is Past-President of the Brain Injury Association of Kansas and Greater Kansas City. Currently Dr. Tyler serves as an expert external reviewer for the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Report to Congress on Management of Traumatic Brain Injury in children and has co-authored a CDC document on management of concussions in school and served on the CDC Special Emphasis Panel on Concussions, National Institute of Health Peer Review Committee. She is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist Trainer and serves as a legal expert consultant in pediatric brain injury.

Mark Halstead, MD

Mark Halstead

Mark Halstead, MD, is an Associate Professor, Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Pediatrics, Washington University School of Medicine; Director, Sports Concussion Clinic; and Medical Director, Young Athlete Center. Dr. Halstead received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1998. After completing a residency and chief residency in pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin Children’s Hospital, he completed a primary care adult and pediatric sports medicine fellowship at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He served as a team physician for the St Louis Rams for 11 seasons and currently serves as team physician for the St Louis Blues, Washington University and Lafayette High School. He directs the concussion program for 7 local high schools in St Louis. Dr. Halstead has been listed as “Best Doctor in America” since 2007 (Best Doctors, Inc.). Dr. Halstead recently completed a six year term as a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Executive Committee for the Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine (AMSSM) in 2014 and serves as the chair of the International and Inter, organizational Committee. He also served as the lead author of the AAP’s clinical reports on “Sport, related concussions in children and adolescents” published in 2010 and “Return to Learning after Concussions” in 2013 and as a contributing author to AMSSM’s position statement on concussion in sports. He has been selected to serve on several CDC panels regarding concussions in youth sports and pediatrics. Dr. Halstead has been an invited speaker extensively around the United States on the topics of concussion in sports and other sports medicine related topics.