Mark R. Lovell, Ph.D., FACPN

Advisory Board Chairperson

Dr. Mark Lovell is internationally recognized as a concussion expert for his development of innovate approaches to the evaluation and management of concussion. Lovell served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ImPACT Applications, Inc. from 2002 through 2013 and as Chairman of the Board and Chief Scientific Officer until his retirement in 2019.  In the early 1990’s he developed the ImPACT test, which is the first and most scientifically validated approach to concussion evaluation. ImPACT is also the only concussion assessment test, approved by the food and drug Administration (FDA). The ImPACT test is currently used world-wide and to date, over twenty million athletes have been evaluated using ImPACT.

Based on his work with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1980’s and 1990’s, Mark was asked to develop and oversee concussion testing programs for the National Football League, the National Hockey League, the US Ski Team and many other organizations. ImPACT is currently utilized by almost all professional sports as well as most colleges and universities throughout the US. ImPACT is now also utilized internationally in the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, South America and is available in fourteen languages.

In 2000, Mark became the founding director of the University of Pittsburgh Sports Concussion Program. This program evaluates approximately twenty thousand athletes per year and attracts athletes from around the world.  He retired from this position in 2011 to pursue research and philanthropic endeavors such as Invisible International.

Mark was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science (D.Sc.) from Northern Michigan University in 2011. His work has been recognized by the Council of Brain Injury, the National Concussion Summit. He has also received the Excellence in Safety Award by USA Hockey, the Distinguished Neuropsychologist award by the American Board of Professional Neuropsychology and the Distinguished Career Award by the Sports Neuropsychology Society.

Mark is a lifelong musician and an active tennis player.