Kim Gorgens

Kim Gorgens studies the brain's response to injury — and advocates that we mind our (gray) matter.

Why you should listen

As a neuropsychologist working for decades to understand brain injuries, Dr. Kim Gorgens has seen firsthand the damage sports-related impacts can do. And as a former chair of the State of Colorado Traumatic Brain Injury Trust Fund Board and a member of the Colorado Brain Injury Legislative Collaborative, she helped draft the Colorado law around youth sports injuries.

Gorgens is a Professor of Psychophysiology, Clinical Neuropsychology and Psychology of Criminal Behavior at the University of Denver. She manages a large portfolio of traumatic brain injury (TBI) related research and has lectured extensively on those issues (including her 2010 TED talk on youth sports concussion, a 2018 TEDxMileHigh talk on brain injuries in criminal justice, several NPR spots and an interview on CNN with Anderson Cooper). Her work has been featured in USNewsNewsweek,  and more. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology and is board certified in Rehabilitation Psychology. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association's Division 22, Rehabilitation Psychology and Vice President of the American Board of Rehabilitation Psychology.

Her research studies the reported injury history, cognitive function and brain biomarkers of youth and college athletes, probationers and inmates. Her mission is to better understand the short and long-term impacts of injuring our most vital organ. She has a fridge filled with human brains and a love of zombie movies (coincidence?). Simply put, she cares more about your brain than you do.

Kim Gorgens’ TED talks