Concussion will be the focus of the next address in the Distinguished Lecture Series in Sports Medicine at Hope College.

Dr. Duane Dede, a 1984 Hope graduate who is a clinical professor in clinical and health psychology at the University of Florida Health Science Center at Gainesville, will present "Critical Issues in Sports Related Concussion" on Monday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. in Winants Auditorium of Graves Hall.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

Dede has been a member of the faculty at the University of Florida since 1993.  His research interests include the neuropsychological consequences of mild traumatic brain injury, adult learning disability and the family dynamics of caregivers of various neurologically compromised populations.  He also serves the center as co-director of the Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic, directing clinical and research efforts around mild traumatic brain injury within the focus of an interdisciplinary team.

He is the author or co-author of numerous articles published in refereed publications and has made many presentations at professional conferences, and is a reviewer for the "Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings" and "Contemporary Psychology."  He is a member of several professional associations, including the American Psychological Association, the National Academy of Neuropsychology, the UF Center for Neuropsychological Studies, the UF Brain Institute, the Learning Disabilities Association, the American Heart Association and the National Athletic Trainers' Association.

Dede graduated from Hope with a major in psychology and minor in biology.  He completed his master's and doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Louisville in Kentucky in 1989 and 1992 respectively.

The Distinguished Lecture Series in Sports Medicine is designed for health care professionals with an interest in physically active patients, and is intended for students, educators and clinicians alike. It is co-sponsored by Orthopaedic Associates of Michigan, Shoreline Orthopaedics, Holland Hospital Rehabilitation Services, The Bone and Joint Center, and the college.

Dede's presentation is the second of five lectures scheduled through the series for the 2010-11 school year.  The remaining addresses are:  "The Well Being of the Athletic Trainer--Personal Care in Crisis Situations," by Dr. Shari Bartz-Smith of Grand Valley State University on Monday, Jan. 24; "Common Hand Injuries in Sports--Recognition and Management," by Dr. Richard Howell of Shoreline Orthopaedics on Monday, Feb. 21; and "Hip Injuries in Athletics" by Dr. Carl Wierks of The Holland Bone and Joint Center on Monday, April 11.  Additional information about the series may be found online at

Graves Hall is located at 263 College Ave., on Columbia Avenue between 10th and 12th streets.