Sara P D Chrisman, MD, MPH

Sara P D Chrisman, MD, MPH

Adolescent Medicine, Eating Disorders

On staff since July 2009

Academic Title: Associate Professor

Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

"I am passionate about working with youth and their families to understand their goals and help them find the path to their most healthy selves."

  • Biography

    Dr. Chrisman is a pediatrician and an Adolescent Medicine specialist.

    Her mission is to improve the health and well-being of adolescents, with a particular interest in the relationship between emotional and physical health. She has worked as a physician scientist for 10 years, including serving as the University of Washington site PI for a multi-site study of concussion co-sponsored by the NCAA and the Department of Defense since 2014. She also co-leads a Pac-12 study designed to shift the culture of sport to increase concussion reporting, and is developing a novel treatment for concussion using an innovative rehabilitative approach. She is passionate about youth wellness, and partnering to improve youth health using physical activity, sleep and social support.

    • Related Resources

    • Related Pages

    • Seattle Concussion Research Collaborative

      We are the Seattle Concussion Research Collaborative (SCRC) lab, housed at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. Our lab is comprised of clinicians, researchers, public health specialists, and community representatives who are working together to better understand concussion risk and concussion prevention in children,

  • Patient Testimonials

  • Awards and Honors

    Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award 2009 - 2011
    Howard Hughes Medical Student Research Fellowship 2002 - 2003
    Summa cum laude 1993
  • Publications

    Other Publications

    • Conrick KM, Moore M, Abbotts L, Widdice L, Hoag S, Kroshus E, Philipson EB, Jinguji T, Weiner BJ, Glang A, Rivara FP, Chrisman SPD, Dickason CQ, Vavilala MS
      Community-Engaged Approach to the Development and Implementation of a Student-Centered Return to Learn Care Plan After Concussion.
      32959394 The Journal of school health, 2020 Nov. : 90(11)842-848
    • Caccese JB, Houck Z, Kaminski TW, Clugston JR, Iverson GL, Bryk KN, Oldham JR, Pasquina PF, Broglio SP, McAllister TW, McCrea M, Hoy AMR, Hazzard JB Jr, Kelly LA, Ortega JD, Port N, Putukian M, Langford TD, Giza CC, Goldman JT, Benjamin HJ, Schmidt JD, Feigenbaum LA, Eckner JT, Mihalik JP, Miles JD, Anderson S, Master CL, Collins MW, Kontos AP, Chrisman SPD, Brooks A, Jackson JC, McGinty G, Cameron KL, Susmarski A, O'Donnell PG, Duma S, Rowson S, Miles CM, Bullers CT, Dykhuizen BH, Lintner L, Buckley TA, nd CARE Consortium Investigators.
      Estimated age of first exposure to American football and outcome from concussion.
      32907967 Neurology, 2020 Sep 9
    • Brett BL, Kramer MD, McCrea MA, Broglio SP, McAllister TW, Nelson LD, CARE Consortium Investigators., Hazzard JB Jr, Kelly LA, Ortega J, Port N, Pasquina PF, Jackson J, Cameron KL, Houston MN, Goldman JT, Giza C, Buckley T, Clugston JR, Schmidt JD, Feigenbaum LA, Eckner JT, Master CL, Collins MW, Kontos AP, Chrisman SPD, Duma SM, Miles CM, Susmarski A
      Bifactor Model of the Sport Concussion Assessment Tool Symptom Checklist: Replication and Invariance Across Time in the CARE Consortium Sample.
      32809856 The American journal of sports medicine, 2020 Sept. : 48(11)2783-2795 PMCID:PMC7484253
    • Kroshus E, Bowen D, Opel D, Chrisman SPD, Rivara FP
      Understanding Decision Making by Families About Youth Football Participation Postconcussion.
      32729330 Health promotion practice, 2020 Jul 30 : 1524839920945255
    • Clugston JR, Houck ZM, Asken BM, Boone JK, Kontos AP, Buckley TA, Schmidt JD, Chrisman SPD, Hoffman NL, Harmon KG, Kaminski TW, Collins MW, McAllister TW, McCrea MA, Broglio SP, Ortega JD
      Relationship Between the King-Devick Test and Commonly Used Concussion Tests at Baseline.
      31584854 Journal of athletic training, 2019 Dec. : 54(12)1247-1253 PMCID:PMC6922559
    • Breedlove KM, Ortega JD, Kaminski TW, Harmon KG, Schmidt JD, Kontos AP, Clugston JR, Chrisman SPD, McCrea MA, McAllister TW, Broglio SP, Buckley TA
      King-Devick Test Reliability in National Collegiate Athletic Association Athletes: A National Collegiate Athletic Association-Department of Defense Concussion Assessment, Research and Education Report.
      31618072 Journal of athletic training, 2019 Dec. : 54(12)1241-1246 PMCID:PMC6922566
    • Kroshus E, Chrisman SPD
      A New Game Plan for Concussion Education.
      31296053 Health education & behavior : the official publication of the Society for Public Health Education, 2019 Dec. : 46(6)916-921
    • Chrisman SPD, Whitlock KB, Kroshus E, Schwien C, Herring SA, Rivara FP
      Parents' Perspectives Regarding Age Restrictions for Tackling in Youth Football.
      30936250 Pediatrics, 2019 May : 143(5)
    • Chrisman SPD, Lowry S, Herring SA, Kroshus E, Hoopes TR, Higgins SK, Rivara FP
      Concussion Incidence, Duration, and Return to School and Sport in 5- to 14-Year-Old American Football Athletes.
      30554790 The Journal of pediatrics, 2019 April : 207176-184.e1
    • Chrisman SPD
      Exercise and Recovery Time for Youth With Concussions.
      30715089 JAMA pediatrics, 2019 Apr 1 : 173(4)315-316
    • Kroshus E, Qu P, Chrisman SPD, Schwien C, Herring SA, Rivara FP
      Parental concern about concussion risk for their children.
      30674437 Social science & medicine (1982), 2019 Feb. : 222359-366
    • Chrisman SPD, Whitlock KB, Mendoza JA, Burton MS, Somers E, Hsu A, Fay L, Palermo TM, Rivara FP
      Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of an Exercise Program Requiring Minimal In-person Visits for Youth With Persistent Sport-Related Concussion.
      31316446 Frontiers in neurology, 2019 : 10623 PMCID:PMC6611408
    • Kroshus E, Hoopes T, Bernstein E, Chrisman SPD, Rivara FP
      Direct Verbal Communication by Parents, Pressure Related to Sport Achievement, and Concussion Safety in Youth Football.
      31665984 Journal of health communication, 2019 : 24(10)770-779
    • Broglio SP, McCrea M, McAllister T, Harezlak J, Katz B, Hack D, Hainline B, CARE Consortium Investigators.
      A National Study on the Effects of Concussion in Collegiate Athletes and US Military Service Academy Members: The NCAA-DoD Concussion Assessment, Research and Education (CARE) Consortium Structure and Methods.
      28281095 Sports medicine (Auckland, N.Z.), 2017 Mar 9
    • Chrisman SP, Whitlock KB, Somers E, Burton MS, Herring SA, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Rivara FP
      Pilot study of the Sub-Symptom Threshold Exercise Program (SSTEP) for persistent concussion symptoms in youth.
      28222566 NeuroRehabilitation, 2017 Feb 9
    • Kontos AP, Braithwaite R, Chrisman SP, McAllister-Deitrick J, Symington L, Reeves VL, Collins MW
      Meta-analytical review of the effects of football heading.
      28003239 British journal of sports medicine, 2016 Dec 21
    • Chrisman SP, Rivara FP
      Physical Activity or Rest After Concussion in Youth: Questions About Timing and Potential Benefit.
      27997637 JAMA, 2016 Dec 20 : 316(23)2491-2492
    • Chrisman SP, Mac Donald CL, Friedman S, Andre J, Rowhani-Rahbar A, Drescher S, Stein E, Holm M, Evans N, Poliakov AV, Ching RP, Schwien CC, Vavilala MS, Rivara FP
      Head Impact Exposure During a Weekend Youth Soccer Tournament.
      26951540 Journal of child neurology, 2016 July : 31(8)971-8
    • Kroshus E, Chrisman S
      Disparities In Medical Staffing In Secondary School Sport: Implications For Concussion Identification: 3090 Board #155 June 3, 3: 30 PM - 5: 00 PM.
      27361659 Medicine and science in sports and exercise, 2016 May : 48(5 Suppl 1)876
    • Rowhani-Rahbar A, Chrisman SP, Drescher S, Schiff MA, Rivara FP
      Agreement between High School Athletes and Their Parents on Reporting Athletic Events and Concussion Symptoms.
      26414288 Journal of neurotrauma, 2016 Apr 15 : 33(8)784-91
    • Rivara FP, Schiff MA, Chrisman SP, Chung SK, Ellenbogen RG, Herring SA
      The effect of coach education on reporting of concussions among high school athletes after passage of a concussion law.
      24569704 The American journal of sports medicine, 2014 May : 42(5)1197-203
    • Chrisman SP, Richardson LP
      Prevalence of diagnosed depression in adolescents with history of concussion.
      24355628 The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 2014 May : 54(5)582-6 PMCID:PMC3999295
    • Chrisman SP, Schiff MA, Chung SK, Herring SA, Rivara FP
      Implementation of concussion legislation and extent of concussion education for athletes, parents, and coaches in Washington State.
      24510067 The American journal of sports medicine, 2014 May : 42(5)1190-6
    • Chrisman SP, Quitiquit C, Rivara FP
      Qualitative study of barriers to concussive symptom reporting in high school athletics.
      23427783 The Journal of adolescent health : official publication of the Society for Adolescent Medicine, 2013 March : 52(3)330-335.e3
    • Chrisman SP, Rivara FP, Schiff MA, Zhou C, Comstock RD
      Risk factors for concussive symptoms 1 week or longer in high school athletes.
      23252433 Brain injury, 2013 : 27(1)1-9
    • Chrisman SP, Schiff MA, Rivara FP
      Physician concussion knowledge and the effect of mailing the CDC's "Heads Up" toolkit.
      21646251 Clinical pediatrics, 2011 Nov. : 50(11)1031-9
  • Presentations

    Presentation Title Event Location Date
    Relationship between depression and traumatic brain injury in adolescents. Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine New Orleans, LA 2012


Board Certification(s)

Adolescent Medicine

Medical/Professional School

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
University of Washington School of Public Health, Seattle, WA


University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA


University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA