Christine Baugh, MPH

Research Instructor, Department of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine
Research Coordinator at the CTE Center


Christine Baugh graduated cum laude from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Science and a certificate from Harvard’s Mind, Brain, and Behavior program. While at Harvard, Christine was a four-year varsity letter winner and the 2009-2010 captain of the women’s rowing team. In 2012, she completed her Master’s in Public Health (MPH) at Boston University School of Public Health, focusing in Health Law, Bioethics, and Human Rights. During her MPH, Christine won multiple awards for her work focused on concussions in youth sports.

In 2013, Christine was awarded a Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics. Through this fellowship, Christine plans to examine the differential implementation of concussion management policies across NCAA football teams.

Christine joined the CTE Center in June 2010.

CTE Center Role

Christine is a Research Instructor in the Department of Neurology at the Boston University School of Medicine and the Research Coordinator at the Boston University Center CTE Center. She is responsible for the oversight and maintenance of all of the CTE Center’s clinical research studies including the Brain Donation Registry, the LEGEND study, CONTACT,  and the NIH-funded DETECT study.  Christine also coordinates brain donations with the SLI-BU CTE Brain Bank

In addition to her day-to-day research activities, Christine is instrumental in writing scientific publications, compiling grant applications, speaking to lay and scientific audiences about the effects of brain trauma, and managing the team of research assistants and interns at the BU CTE Center.

Christine is also a member of the Sports Legacy Institute Community Educators (SLICE) program.

Research Interests

Christine is interested in the long-term effects of repetitive brain trauma.  More specifically, she is interested in how policy measures can be enacted to help reduce overall brain trauma load and protect those at risk, particularly youth athletes.


Daneshvar, D.H. , Baugh, C.M., Nowinski, C.J., McKee, A.C., Stern, R.A., & Cantu, R.C. (2011). Helmets and mouth guards:  The role of personal equipment in preventing sport-related concussions. Clinics in Sports Medicine, 30, 145-163. [PDF]

Stern, R. A., B. E. Gavett, C. Baugh, C. J. Nowinski, R. C. Cantu, and A. C. McKee. 2011. Recurrent sports-related traumatic brain injury and tauopathy. Edited by M. Oria and J. Erdman. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

Baugh CM, Stamm JM, Riley DO, Gavett BE, Shenton ME, Lin A, Nowinski CJ, Cantu RC, McKee AC, Stern RA. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy: Neurodegeneration following repetitive concussive and subconcussive brain trauma. Brain Imaging and Behavior, Epub ahead of print. [PDF]

McKee AC, Stein TD, Nowinski CJ, Stern RA, Daneshvar DH, Alvarez VE, Lee H-S, Hall GF, Wojtowicz SM, Baugh CM, Riley DO, Kubilus CA, Cormier KA, Jacobs MA, Martin BR, Abraham CR, Ikezu T, Reichard RR, Wolozin BL, Budson AE, Goldstein LE, Kowall NW, Cantu RC. “The Spectrum of Disease in Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy,” Brain, 2012. [PDF]

Seichepine, D.R., Stamm, J.M., Daneshvar, D.H., Riley, D.O., Baugh, C.M., Gavett, B.E., Tripodis, Y., Martin, B., Chaisson, C., McKee, A.C., Cantu, R.C., Nowinski, C.J., & Stern, R.A.  (in press). Profile of self-reported problems with executive functioning in college and professional football players. Journal of Neurotrauma. 2013. [PDF]

Kroshus E, Daneshvar DH, Baugh CM, Nowinski CJ, Cantu RC. NCAA concussion education in ice hockey: an ineffective mandate. BJSM. 2013 Aug 20. E-publication. [PDF]