- Temple University, Ph.D., 2016
- Temple University, M.S., 2013
- Henderson State University, B.S., 2010
- SPH A610 Introduction to Athletic Training Research
- SPH A611 Advanced Athletic Training Research
- 2013-2016: Outstanding Graduate Research Award, Temple University
- 2011: Professional Internship, MLB Atlanta Braves
- 2010: Professional Internship, NFL Detroit Lions
- 2009: Professional Internship, MLS Sporting Kansas City
Research Area of Interest: Ever since my own traumatic brain injury experience, I have been pursuing to discover an effective diagnosis and rehabilitation protocol for patients with brain injury. While the vast majority of research has focused on a single impact that elicits concussion (e.g., disorientation, headache), many soldiers and athletes are frequently exposed to subconcussive head impacts prior to the concussive blow. Thus, it remains completely unknown whether neuronal damage and sensory deficit are caused by a single concussive blow, repetitive subconcussive impacts before the concussive blow, or both. To identify safe ranges of repetitive hits, my laboratory employs head accelerometer, blood biomarkers, ocular-motor system, and neuronal activity (using electroencephalography). By tracking subconcussive impacts combined with various parameters, we have witnessed a glimps of hope that some modalities could predict a concussion before it occurs. It is of my priority to establish brain-injury specific objective markers that to ensure soldiers and athletes’ safety while sustaining highest level of performance.
Kawata K, Rubin HL, Takahagi M, Lee JH, Sim T, Szwanki V, Bellamy A, Tierney R, & Langford D (2017). Subconcussive impact-dependent increase in plasma S100β expression levels in collegiate football players. Journal of Neurotrauma (Accepted: In Press)
Hwang SJ, Ma L, Kawata K, Tierney R, & Jeka JJ (2017). Vestibular dysfunction after subconcussive head impact. Journal of Neurotrauma. 34(1):8-15. doi: 10.1089/neu.2015.4238.
Liu CY, Russin J, Heck C, Kawata K, Adiga R, Yen W, Lambert J, Stear B, Law M, Marquez Y, Crino P, Millett D, & Langford D (2017). Dysregulation of PINCH signaling in mesial temporal epilepsy. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. 36: 43–52. doi: 10.1016/j.jocn.2016.10.012
Kawata K, Rubin HL, Lee JH, Sim T, Takahagi M, Szwanki V, Bellamy A, Assari S, Darvish K, Henderer J, Tierney R, & Langford D (2016). Effect of football subconcussive head impact kinematics on ocular near point of convergence. JAMA Ophthalmology 134(7):763-769.
Kawata K, Liu CY, Merkel S, Ramirez S, Tierney R, & Langford D (2016). Blood Biomarkers for Brain Injury: What are we measuring? Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. 68: 460-473.
Kawata K, Tierney R, Phillips J, & Jeka JJ (2016). Effect of repetitive sub-concussive head impacts on ocular near point of convergence. International Journal of Sports Medicine 37(5): 405-410.
Cheever K, Kawata K, Tierney R, & Galgon A (2016). Cervical spine assessments to use during a concussion evaluation: A review. Journal of Athletic Training (In Press)
Forrester SJ, Kawata K, Lee H, Kim JS, Sebzda K, Butler T, Yingling VR, & Park JY (2014). Bioinformatic identification of connective tissue growth factor as an osteogenic protein within skeletal muscle. Physiological Reports 2(12): e12255.
Kim B, Lee H, Kawata K, & Park JY (2014). Exercise-mediated wall shear stress increases mitochondrial biogenesis in vascular endothelium. PLOS ONE 9 (11): e111409.