Dr. Summer Ott is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). She also serves as the Director of the Concussion Program at Memorial Hermann Ironman Sports Medicine Institute.

Dr. Ott is a Neuropsychologist specializing in sports related concussions. She has extensive clinical and research experience with sports related concussions. She currently serves as the team neuropsychological consultant for the Houston Texans and Houston Rockets, as well as many universities and school districts in Texas.  Previously, Dr. Ott served as a neuropsychology consultant for the Houston Dynamo and the Houston Aeros.

Dr. Ott received her undergraduate degree from the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, Missouri, where she also completed her Masters of Science. She went on to complete her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in neuropsychology from The School of Professional Psychology at Forest Institute in Springfield, Missouri. She completed her internship at the VA Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA, prior to accepting a neuropsychology fellowship position with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center in the Sports Concussion Program.

Her research efforts focus on proper baseline testing, concussion in female athletes, effects of physical exertion on cognition, and long-term consequences of repeated head injury in athletes. Dr. Ott has co‐authored publications on neuropsychological assessment in scholarly journals and frequently conducts presentations regarding proper management of concussion.

Dr. Ott is a founding and executive board member of the Sports Neuropsychological Society. She served as Co-Chair for the 2nd Annual Sports Neuropsychology Society Concussion Symposium held in Dallas Texas. She was a key member of the task force that developed verbiage for a sports concussion bill in Texas known as Natasha’s Bill. This bill, signed into law in June 2012, establishes return-to-play guidelines for school-aged athletes with concussions.


Undergraduate Degree
University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri
Masters of Science
University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, Missouri
Doctorate of Psychology, Forest Institute of Professional Psychology, Springfield, Missouri
Neuropsychology Internship, VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Neuropsychology Fellowship, Sport Concussion Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Contact Information

713-486-3435 Office

Research Information

(Klier) 10/01/14-9/30/16

Mission Connect

“Vestibular Sensory Deficits and Cognitive Adaptation in Sports Concussions”

The goal of this project is to develop a multi-sensory rehabilitation program for sports concussed athletes and mTBI patients who suffer from vestibular related symptoms.



NS13-014 (Levin)12/1/13-11/30/15 NIH/NINDS

“Imaging and Biomarkers in Adolescents Cleared to Return to Play After Concussion”

The goal of this project is to investigate the effects of sports concussion on brain function and structure in adolescent athletes who meet guidelines for return to play one month post injury. Additionally, the project explores the usefulness of biomarkers from recovery from concussion.

Completed Research Support

University of Houston- Small Grants Program

Margaret Blake, Ph.D. & Summer Ott, Psy.D. (PI)


“Cognitive Rest and Recovery”

The goal of this project was to determine if the recommendations given to concussed athletes regarding cognitive rest, adherence to these recommendations, and explore the relationship between cognitive rest and recovery from concussion



Publication Information


Schatz, P., Kelley, T., Ott, S., Solomon, G., Elbin, R., Higgins, K. et al. (2014). Utility of repeated assessment following invalid baseline performance. Journal of Athletic Training.,[Epub ahead of print].

Ott, S., Schatz, P., Solomon, G., & Ryan, J. (accepted for publication, 2014). Neurocognitive

Performance and Symptom Profiles of Spanish-Speaking Hispanic Athletes on ImPACT Test. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology.

Amonette WE, M Boyle, M Psarakis, J Barker, TL Dupler, S Ott. (2013).Neurocognitive responses to a single bout of static squats with whole body vibration. J Strength Cond. Res, [Epub ahead of print].

Schatz, P., Moser, R., Solomon, G., Ott, S., & Karpf. R. (2012). Prevalence of invalid computerized baseline neurocognitive test result in high school and college athletes. Journal of Athletic Training, 47(3), 289-296.

Moser, R., Schatz, P., Neidzwski, K. & Ott, S.. (2011). Group vs. individual administration affects baseline neurocognitive test performance. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, (39), 2325-2330.

Solomon, G.S., Ott, S.D., & Lovell, M.R. (2011). Long-term neurocognitive dysfunction in sports: What is the evidence? Clinics in Sports medicine, 30 (1), 165-177.

Ryan, J. J., Kreiner, D. S., Bartels, J. M., Tree, H. A., & Schnakenberg-Ott, S. D. (2006). Thirty-second interval patterns for WAIS-III Digit Symbol and Symbol Search. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 21 705-709.


Schnakenberg-Ott, S.D., Ryan, J.J., & Tree, H.A. (2004). WAIS-III incidental learning base rates: Findings for college student and patient samples. Perceptual Motor Skills, 99,903-908.

Claycomb, C.D., Ryan, J.J., Miller, L.J., & Schnakenberg-Ott, S.D. (2004). Relationships among ADHD, induced labor, and selected physiological and demographic variables.Journal of Clinical Psychology, 60, 689-693.

Ryan, J.J., & Schnakenberg-Ott, S.D. (2003). Scoring Reliability on the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale –Third Edition (WAIS-III). Assessment,10, 151-159.

Kreiner, D.S., Schnakenberg, S.D., Green, A.G., Costello, M.J., & Mclin, A.F. (2002). Effects of spelling errors on the perception of writers. Journal of General Psychology, 129, 5-17.

Ryan, J.J., Schnakenberg, S.D., & Kreiner, D.S. (2001). Effects of altered instructions on WAIS-III Digit Symbol-Coding subtest. Psychological Reports, 88, 987-988.


Ott, S., Henry, L., & Pardini, J. (anticipated publication, 2015). Creating a management plan for the high school athlete. In R Echemendia & G Iverson (Eds.). Oxford Handbook of Sports Related Concussion. Oxford University Press.

Schnakenberg-Ott, S.D., & Lovell, M.R. (2007). Psychological stress and spinal cord injury. In G. Fink (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Stress: 2nd edition (pp: 557-560). San Diego, CA: Elsevier.