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Richelle M. Williams

Richelle M. Williams, MS, PhD, ATC

Title: Assistant Professor of Athletic Training
Rank: Assistant Professor
Phone: 515-271-2630
Office: Science Connector Building (SCB) 312

Began at Drake: 2019

Current classes I teach:

  • Orthopedic Evaluation and Rehabilitation
  • Healthcare Systems and Policy
  • Patient-Centered Approach to Quality Healthcare
  • Research


  • BS Kinesiology, San Diego State University
  • MS Athletic Training, A.T. Still University
  • PhD Kinesiology, University of Michigan
  • Post-doctoral research fellowship in clinical outcomes studies, A.T. Still University


  • Assistant Professor - Drake University, 2019 - present
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor - A.T. Still University, 2018 - 2019
  • Post Doctoral Research Fellow - A.T. Still University, 2016 - 2018

Professional Affiliations

  • National Athletic Trainers' Association member
  • MidAmerica Athletic Trainers' Association
  • Iowa Athletic Trainers' Association
  • National Academies of Practice
  • Athletic Training Academy

Professional Service

  • Journal Reviewer for athletic training journals
  • Iowa Athletic Trainers' Society Honors and Awards Chair
  • Iowa Athletic Trainers' Society Annual Meeting Planning Committee
  • Associate Editor, JSAMS

College Service

  • Athletic Training Admissions Committee
  • Athletic Training Experiential Review Committee
  • Faculty Affairs Committee
  • DEI Committee

Teaching Philosophy

My primary teaching philosophy is to foster diverse learning in students by creating a safe environment that accounts for different learning styles and types of students. I aim to prepare my students to be effective clinicians within the modern healthcare system. I strive to accomplish this by incorporating the Institute of Medicine core competencies into education. Further, I try to accommodate different learning styles and make students feel comfortable discussing course content.

Honors & Awards

  • 2023 Educator of the Year - IATS
  • 2016 Kenneth Knight Award Winner - Manuscript
  • 2018 Athletic training and sports healthcare Top 10 reviewer award


Exploring police officers' perceptions of a health/fitness risk management program involving athletic training educators. Co-Investigator. MAATA District 5. Under review ($1,000).

Team Athletic Training Telehealth. Co-Investigator. MVP mini-grant project. Awarded ($5,000).

OER Grant. The Iowa Cross-Institutional OER Program. Recipient. Awarded ($500).

Iowa interscholastic athletic coaches' perceptions of sport-related concussion and the impact on concussion culture, sports safety, and management. Primary Investigator. MAATA District 5. Awarded ($1,500).

Latest Projects & Publications

Davidson B, Anglim M, Williams RM. Assessment of Concussion Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors and the Impact of Age Among Adolescent Female Club Soccer Athletes. International Journal of Athletic Therapy Today. [In press].

Davidson B, Williams RM, Rogers, S. Case Study: Effects of Social Determinants of Health and Diabetes on a Lower Extremity Workplace Injury. Journal of Clinical Practice in Athletic Training. [In Press]

Williams RM. Anglim M, Ferguson M. Secondary School Coaches’ Perceptions of Sport-Related Concussions: A Qualitative Approach. Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. [In Press]

Valovich McLeod TC, Di Santi J, Williams RM, Welch Bacon CE. Adolescent Athletes’ Social Perspectives Following a Sport-Related Concussion. Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice. 2022.20(4).

Williams RM, Huxel Bliven KC, Morris SN, Chandran, A, Snyder Valier AR. Non-Time Loss and Time Loss Injuries in Secondary School Girls’ Volleyball Athletes: A Report from the National Athletic Treatment Injury, and Outcomes Network. Journal of Sports Rehabilitation. 2022 Feb 23;1-8.doi: 10.1123/jsr.2021-0269. Online ahead of print.

Williams RM, Kuhl NK, Kjos AL. Enhancing Professional Identity in A Multidisciplinary Healthcare Systems and Policy Course: A Framework. New Directions for Teaching and Learning. Special Issue. 2021. 168:47-58.

Williams RM, Root HJ, Valovich McLeod TC. Athletic Administrators' Reporting of Emergency Preparedness Regarding Policies and Procedures in [State] Secondary Schools. Journal of Athletic Training. 2021.56(11):1224-1231. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-0494.20.

Williams RM, Johnson RS, Valier AR, Bay RC, Valovich McLeod TC. The Impact of Concussion on Health-Related Quality of Life as Measured by the Patient-Reported Outcome Measures Information Systems in Adolescent Athletes. Journal of Sports Rehabilitation. [Advanced Online Publication].

Gray, HN, Williams RM, Valovich McLeod TC, Bay RC. Establishing Reliability of a Reaction Time Testing Battery in High School Athletes. Athletic Training and Sports HealthCare. [Advanced online publication].

Allen AN, Wasserman E, Williams RM, Simon J, Dompier T, Kerr Z, Snyder Valier AR. Epidemiology of Secondary School Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball Injuries: National Athletic Treatment, Injury, and Outcomes Network. Journal of Athletic Training [In Press]

Williams RM, Welch Bacon CE, Kucera K, Valier AR. Athletic Trainers’ Knowledge Of The Appropriate Care Of Spine Injured Athletes. Athletic Training and Sports Healthcare. [In Press]

Snyder Valier AR, Welch Bacon CE, Kucera K, Williams RM. Implementation Science: Lessons Learned from Recommendation for Care of Spine Injured Patients. Journal of Athletic Training. 2019.54(2)192-197. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050- 242-17.

Williams RM, Bay RC, Valovich McLeod TC. The Relationship between Post-Injury Symptomatology and Days Post-Injury for the Graded Symptom Scale in Concussed Adolescent Athletes. International Journal of Athletic Training and Therapy. DOI: 10.1123/ijatt.2018-0029

Register-Mihalik JK, Williams RM, Marshall SW, Linnan LA, Mihalik JP, Guskiewicz KM, Valovich McLeod TC. (2018). Demographic, parental, and personal factors influence youth athletes’ concussion-related knowledge and beliefs. Journal of Athletic Training. 2018.53(8)768-775. 223-17

Dunn KL, Bay RC, Cardenas JF, Anastasi M, Valovich McLeod TC, Williams RM. The Reliability of the Sway Balance Application Across Age Groups. International Journal of Athletic Training and Therapy. 2018.23(2): 69-72. 0114

Valovich McLeod TC, Shepard LI, Bay RC, Williams RM. Concussion History and Future Concussions are Increased Among Students with Self- Reported Learning Disability and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Athletic Training and Sports Healthcare. 2018.(10)2:64-68.

Kay MC, Register-Mihalik JK, Ford CB, Williams RM, Valovich McLeod, TC. Parents’ and Child’s Concussion History as a Predictor of Parental Attitudes and Knowledge of Concussion Recognition and Response. Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine. 2017 Dec 8;5(12) doi: 10.1177/2325967117742370.

Williams RM, Rice T, Lam KC, Valovich McLeod TC. A Cross- sectional Study of Age Differences and Postural Control Using the Stability Evaluation Test (SET). International Journal of Athletic Training and Therapy. 2017. 22(5)39-43. 0095.

Broglio SP, Williams RM, Rettmann AN, Moore B, Eckner J, Meehan SK. No seasonal changes in cognitive functioning among high school athletes: implementation of a novel electrophysiological measure and standard clinical measures. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine.2018.28(2)130.138

Broglio SP, Williams RM, Lapointe A, Rettmann AN, Moore B, Meehan S, Eckner JT. Brain networking technology does not assist with concussion diagnosis and return to play in football athletes. Frontiers Neurology. 2017.8:252. doi: 10.3389/fneur.2017.00252.

Williams RM, Corvo MA, Lam KC, Williams TA, Gilmer LK, Valovich McLeod TC. Test-Retest Reliability and Practice Effects of the Stability Evaluation Test. Journal of Sports Rehabilitation. 2017 Jan 17:1-13. doi: 10.1123/jsr.2016-0163.

Broglio SP, Williams RM, O’Connor KL, Goldstick J. Football head impact exposure reduced subsequent to limiting full-contact session days. Journal of Athletic Training.2016;51(7):511-518. [Kenneth Knight Award Winner]

Williams RM, O’Connor KL, Dowling M. Head impact measurement devices: A clinical review. Sports Health.2016.8(3)270-273.PMID:27060184.

Williams RM, Puetz T, Giza C, Broglio SP. Meta-Analysis: Concussion recovery difference between high school and college athletes. Sports Medicine. 2015.45(6)893-903. DOI 10.1007/s40279-015-0325-8

Broglio SP, Collins MW, Williams RM, Mucha A, Kontos A. Current and emerging rehabilitation for concussion: A review of the evidence. Clinics in Sports Medicine.2015;24.213-231.

Williams RM, Welch CE, Parsons JT, Valovich McLeod TC. Athletic Trainers’ Familiarity with and Perceptions of Academic Accommodations Following Sport- Related Concussion. Journal of Athletic Training. 2015;50(3):262-269.

Williams RM, Valovich McLeod TC, Register-Mihalik JK, Mihalik JP, Marshall SW, Linnan LA, Guskiewicz KM. A preliminary study of helmet fit characteristics and knowledge. Athletic Training and Sports Health Care. 2014;6(5):206-2012. 20140916-05

Williams RM, Welch CE, Weber ML, Parsons JT, Valovich McLeod TC. Athletic Trainers’ Management Practices and Referral Patterns For Adolescent Athletes Following Sport-Related Concussion. Sports Health. 2014; 6(5):434-439. DOI: 10.1177/1941738114545612

Mayfield RM, Bay RC, Valovich McLeod TC. Post-Concussion Deficits Measured by the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 2 (SCAT2) Among Interscholastic Athletes. Athletic Training and Sports Health Care.2013;5(6):265-271. 20131017-01


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