Webbe, Frank

Professor of Psychology
Psychology, School of

Personal Overview

Florida Tech's Faculty Athletics Representative to the NCAA for many years, Webbe is Past President of the national Faculty Athletics Representative Association. As FAR for Florida Tech, Webbe assists in assuring the quality of the student-athlete experience and in the University’s compliance with NCAA by-laws.

An internationally respected researcher in issues of sports-related concussion, Webbe directs the concussion management program for Florida Tech student athletes. 

Educational Background

B.A. Psychology, University of Florida 1969
M.S. Psychology, University of Florida 1971
Ph.D. Psychology, University of Florida 1974

Recognition & Awards

Phi Beta Kappa 
Phi Kappa Phi 
Psi Chi National Honorary in Psychology 
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society 
Blue Key National Leadership Society 
Florida Tech Outstanding Service Award (1995) 
Florida Tech Student Elected Teacher of the Year, School of Psychology (1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006) 
Outstanding Young Man of America (1979)
Who's Who in America
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Who's Who in Frontier Science and Technology
Who's Who Among Human Services Professionals
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Who's Who in Medicine and Health Care
Who's Who Among America's Teachers
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Current Courses

PSY3423 Physiological Psychology
PSY5105 Biological Foundations of Behavior
PSY6527 Fundamentals of Clinical Neuropsychology

Professional Experience

Frank Webbe earned his B.A., M.S., and Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Florida and completed postdoctoral training in teaching at UF and in psychopharmacology/ neuroscience at the University of Mississippi. He is professor of psychology and behavior analysis at Florida Institute of Technology, research director of the East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic, and director of the Florida Tech Sport-Related Concussion Project and Concussion Management Program. In both the sport concussion domain and in the Alzheimer’s disease arena, his primary interest and concern is the identification of individuals who may be at the highest risk for cognitive impairments. This interest translates into studies that identify the factors – both environmental and individual – that contribute most to risk.

Dr. Webbe has studied standard and computerized methods of early assessment of Alzheimer’s disease, and in-home Applied Behavior Analysis interventions with family caregivers and Alzheimer’s patients. With colleague S. Ann Becker and support from the Alzheimer’s Association he also has studied the use of in-home technology for family caregivers.

He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the National Academy of Neuropsychology, a charter member and treasurer of the Sports Neuropsychology Society, past treasurer of the National Academy of Neuropsychology Foundation Board of Trustees, and immediate past Chair of the Technology Professional Interest Area of the International Society to Advance Alzheimer Research and Treatment. Dr. Webbe is a former president of the Society for Sport, Exercise, & Performance Psychology of the American Psychological Association.

Dr. Webbe was appointed in 2009 by Governor Charlie Crist to the 10-member Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee and reappointed to a second term by Governor Rick Scott in 2012. He chaired the Committee in 2013 and 2014. Dr. Webbe has served also for many years as the NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative at Florida Tech (NCAA Division II), and is past president of the national Faculty Athletics Representatives Association (FARA).

A Florida native, Dr. Webbe enjoys the outdoors and especially loves running early in the morning.

Additional Duties

Faculty Athletics Representative

Director of Research, East Central Florida Memory Disorder Clinic

Director of Concussion Management Program

Current Research

Most recently, Dr. Webbe's research in sport-related concussion has expanded to use that platform as the laboratory to investigate novel methods of detecting mild brain injury. Procedures based upon detection of haptic and other sensory stimuli by concussed individuals serve as the basis for assessing the adequacy of new technologies that might serve in both athletic and military contexts.

With colleague A. Celeste Harvey, his research with Alzheimer’s disease patients and their family caregivers has expanded to include the application of behavior analytic interventions to improve patient behavior and ease stress and burden in caregivers.

Selected Publications

Salazar. C., Mulligan, K. P., & Webbe, F. M. (2017). Updating the Rey Dot Counting Test for use in Collegiate Baseline Concussion Testing. Developmental Neuropsychology, 42(2), 83-92. (doi:10.1080/87565641.2017.1303701)

Love, C., Webbe, F., Kim, G., Lee, K., Westerveld, M., & Salinas, C. M. (2016). The Role of Executive Functioning in Quality of Life in Pediatric Intractable Epilepsy. Epilepsy and Behavior, 64, 37-43. (doi: 10.1016/j.yebeh.2016.08.018)

Salinas, C. M., Dean, P., LoGalbo, A., Dougherty, M., Field, M., & Webbe, F. M. (2016). Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Status and Baseline Neurocognitive Performance in High School Athletes. Applied Neuropsychology – Child, 5(4), 264-272. (doi: 10.1080/21622965.2015.1052814)

Webbe, F. M., & Zimmer, A. (2015). History of neuropsychological study of sport-related concussion, Brain Injury. 29(2), 129-138. (doi:10.3109/02699052.2014.937746)

Zimmer, A., Marcinak, J., Hibyan, S., & Webbe, F. M. (2015). Normative Values of Major SCAT2 and SCAT3 Components for a College Athlete Population. Applied Neurosychology – Adult. 22(2), 132-140. (doi: 10.1080/23279095.2013.867265)

Webbe, F. M., & Salinas, C. M. (2013). It’s not just white male adults playing football and hockey: Sports neuropsychology with diverse athlete populations. Bulletin of the National Academy of Neuropsychology, 27(2), 23-27.

Zimmer, A., Piecora, K., Schuster, D., & Webbe, F. M. (2013). Sport and Team Differences on Baseline Measures of Sport-Related Concussion. Journal of Athletic Training, 48(5), 659-667. (doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-48.5.06)

Salinas, C. M., & Webbe, F. M. (2012). Sports neuropsychology in diverse athlete populations: Contemporary findings and special considerations. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 6, 363-384.

Mortimer, B. J. P., Zets, G. A., Cholewiak, R. W., & Webbe, F. M. (2011). Vibrotactile pattern perception as a method for the assessment of brain dysfunction. Proceedings of the 33rd IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Annual International Conference, Boston, MA.

Webbe, F. M. (2011). Sport neuropsychology and cerebral concussion. In J. K. Luiselli and D. D. Reed (Eds.), Behavioral Sport Psychology: Evidence-Based Approaches to Performance Enhancement (pp. 177-197). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Cummings, T., Webbe, F., & Puente, A. E. (2011). Alzheimer’s disease. In C. A. Noggle, R. S. Dean & A. M. Horton (Eds.). The encyclopedia of neuropsychological disorders (pp. 64-68). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Webbe, F. M. (2010). Handbook of Sport Neuropsychology. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Webbe, F. M. (2010). Introduction to sport neuropsychology. In F. M. Webbe (Ed.), Handbook of Sport Neuropsychology (pp. 1-16). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Webbe, F. M. (2010). Future directions in sport neuropsychology. In F. M. Webbe (Ed.), Handbook of Sport Neuropsychology (pp. 383-393). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Webbe, F. M., & Salinas, C. (2010). The relationship of soccer heading and neuropsychological functioning: When science and politics collide. In F. M. Webbe (Ed.), Handbook of Sport Neuropsychology (pp. 275-294). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Webbe, F. M., & Salinas, C. (2010). Pediatric sport neuropsychology. In A. S. Davis (Ed.) Handbook of Pediatric Neuropsychology (pp. 1095-1109). New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Webbe, F., Salinas, C., Quackenbush, K., & Tiedemann, S. (2010). Personality: Contributions to Performance, Injury Risk, and Rehabilitation. In C. T. Moorman, D. T. Kirkendall, & R. J. Echemendia (Eds.), Praeger Handbook of Sports Medicine and Athlete Health: [Three Volumes] (pp. 77-97). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Publishing Company.

Becker, S. A., & Webbe, F. M. (2010). A Study on Handheld Technology to Promote Better Living and Aging in Place for Older Adult Caregivers. Issues in Innovation, 1, 1-26.

Salinas, C., Webbe, F. M., & DeVore, T. (2009). The epidemiology of soccer heading in competitive youth players. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 3, 15-33.

Wild, K., Howieson, D., Webbe, F., Seelye, A., & Kaye, J. (2008). The status of computerized cognitive testing in aging: A systematic review. Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association, 4, 428-437.

Becker, S. A., & Webbe, F. M. (2008). The potential of hand-held assistive technology to improve safety for elder adults aging in place. In K Hendriksen, J. B. Battles, M. A. Keyes, & M. L. Grady (Eds.) Advances in Patient Safety: New Directions and Alternative Approaches: Vol. 4. Technology and Medication Safety. AHRQ Publication No. 08-0034-4. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality;

Becker, S. A., & Webbe, F. M. (2008). Emerging technologies for aging in place. In N. Wickramasinghe & E. Geisler (Eds.), Encyclopaedia of Healthcare Information Systems. Hershey, PA: Medical Information Science Reference, Inc.

Webbe, F. M., & Ochs, S. R. (2007). Personality Traits Relate to Heading Frequency in Male Soccer Players. Clinical Journal of Sport Psychology, 1, 379-389.

Moser, R. S., Iverson, G. L., Echemendia, R., Lovell, M., Schatz, P., Webbe, F. M., Ruff, R., & Barth, J. T. (2007). Neuropsychological testing in the diagnosis and management of sports-related concussion. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 22, 909-916.

Webbe, F. M. Sport neuropsychology. (2007). In A. M. Horton and D. Wedding (Eds.), The neuropsychology handbook, 3rd Edition. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Webbe, F. M., & Becker, S. A. (2007). Innovative Technology Offers a Helping Hand at Home. Care Advantage, 3, 20-22.

Mahoney, D., Purtilo, R., Webbe, F., Alwan, M., Barucha, A., Adlam, T., Jimison, H., Turner, B., & Becker, S. (2007). In home monitoring of persons with dementia: ethical guidelines for technology research and development. Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association, 3, 217-226.

Becker, S. A., & Webbe, F. M. (2007.). A usability framework for the design of assistive technology to promote aging in place. Proceedings of the 2007 Information Resources Management Association International Conference, 522-525.

Becker, S. A., & Webbe, F. M. (2006). Designing for Older Adult Users of Handheld Technology. Proceedings of the 28th IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society Annual International Conference. 3297-3300.

Lichtenberg, P. A., Johnson, A. S., Erlanger, D. M., Kaushik, T., Maddens, M. E., Imam, K., Barth, J., & Webbe, F. M. (2006). Enhancing cognitive screening in geriatric care: Use of an internet-based system. International Journal of Health Information Systems and Informatics, 1, 47-57.

Webbe, F. M. (2006). Definition, Physiology, and Severity of Cerebral Concussion. In R. J. Echemendia (Ed.), Sports Neuropsychology: Assessment and Management of Traumatic Brain Injury. New York: The Guilford Press.

Broshek, D. K., Kaushik, T., Freeman, J. R., Erlanger, D., Webbe, F. M., & Barth, J. T. (2005). Gender differences in outcome from sports-related concussion. Journal of Neurosurgery, 108(5), 856-863.

Webbe, F. M., & Barth, J. T. (2003). Short-term and long-term outcome of athletic closed head injuries. Clinics in Sports Medicine, 22, 577-592.

Webbe, F. M., & Ochs, S. R. (2003). Recency interacts with frequency of soccer heading to predict weaker neuro-cognitive performance. Applied Neuropsychology, 10, 31-41.

Witol, A. D. & Webbe, F. M. (2003). Soccer heading frequency predicts neuropsychology deficits. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 18(4), 397-417.

Erlanger, D., Kaushik, T., Cantu, R., Barth, J., Broshek, D., Freeman, J., & Webbe, F. (2003). Symptom-Based Assessment of Concussion Severity. Journal of Neurosurgery, 98(3), 477-484.