Experts by Expertise: Sports

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  • Portrait of Ralph H. Benedict, University at Buffalo multiple sclerosis and brain injury expert.

    Ralph H. Benedict

    SUNY Distinguished Professor of Neurology

    Expertise: multiple sclerosis (MS); impact of MS, concussion and other brain diseases on personality, cognition and psychiatric stability


    Contact: Ralph H. Benedict can be reached through Ellen Goldbaum in University Communications at 716-645-4605 or, or Douglas Sitler in University Communications at 716-645-9069 or

  • Head shot of Kate Bezrukova, University at Buffalo team performance expert.

    Kate Bezrukova

    Associate Professor and Chair of Organization and Human Resources

    Expertise: team chemistry in business and sports; managing a diverse workforce; unconscious bias at work; negotiations and gender; work-life balance; conflict management; artificial intelligence in teams

    Contact: Kate Bezrukova can be reached most quickly through Jackie Ghosen in the School of Management Communications Office at 716-645-2833 or

  • Head shot of Susan K. Cahn.

    Susan K. Cahn

    Emerita Professor of History

    Expertise: gender and sexuality in sports, homophobia in sports, women’s history, feminist theory, history of chronic illness, history of mental illness

    Phone: 716-645-8418


  • Head shot of Catherine Cook-Cottone, UB yoga and mindfulness researcher.

    Catherine Cook-Cottone

    Professor of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology

    Expertise: yoga, mindfulness, embodied self-regulation, eating disorders, anxiety-based disorders

    Phone: 716-645-1128


  • Head shot of Helen A. Nellie Drew.

    Helen A. “Nellie” Drew

    Director of the Center for the Advancement of Sport

    Expertise: sports law, including student-athletes’ name, image and likeness (NIL), antitrust laws, collective bargaining, discipline of athletes, drug testing, NCAA compliance and Title IX; diversity in sport

    Phone: 716-645-2071


  • Head shot of Erin Hatton, University at Buffalo labor, workforce and gig economy expert.

    Erin Hatton

    Professor of Sociology

    Expertise: labor movements, gig economy, job security, coerced labor, pay for college athletes, minimum wage, workfare

    Phone: 716-645-8476


  • Head shot of Mark Karwan, University at Buffalo expert on sports scheduling.

    Mark H. Karwan

    Praxair Professor of Operations Research

    Expertise: sports scheduling, especially in the NFL

    Phone: 716-645-2422


  • Head shot of John Leddy.

    John J. Leddy

    Director of the Concussion Management Clinic

    Expertise: concussions, post-concussion syndrome, sports medicine

    Phone: 716-829-5501


  • Head shot of Timothy Maynes, University at Buffalo employee performance and productivity expert.

    Timothy Maynes

    Associate Professor of Organization and Human Resources

    Expertise: employee-driven innovation and change; employee productivity, engagement and performance; effective team functioning (especially in sports)

    Contact: Timothy Maynes can be reached most quickly through Jackie Ghosen in the School of Management Communications Office at 716-645-2833 or

  • Head shot of Jeffrey Miecznikowski.

    Jeffrey Miecznikowski

    Associate Professor of Biostatistics

    Expertise: statistical analysis

    Phone: 716-881-8953


  • Portrait of Riana R. Pryor, University at Buffalo heat, exercise and athlete safety expert.

    Riana R. Pryor

    Assistant Professor of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences

    Expertise: heat and exercise; heat illness, including heat stroke; hydration; high school sports and athlete safety; occupational safety; exercise physiology

    Phone: 716-829-5456


  • Head shot of Wendy Quinton.

    Wendy Quinton

    Clinical Professor of Psychology

    Expertise: prejudice, discrimination, stigma, social identity, student adjustment and success, international students

    Phone: 716-645-0230


  • Head shot of Kenneth W. Regan.

    Kenneth W. Regan

    Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

    Expertise: cheating in chess

    Phone: 716-645-4738


  • Portrait of Ghazala Saleem, University at Buffalo concussions and traumatic brain injury expert.

    Ghazala Saleem

    Assistant Professor of Rehabilitation Science

    Expertise: concussions (especially in children), traumatic brain injury, brain injury and intimate partner violence

    Phone: 716-829-2589