About our team
On the Science side, SportsSense provides a unique combination of cognitive and clinical neuroscientists with expertise in visual perception, attention, memory, action selection, and cognitive control. On the Business side, SportsSense has years of expertise in business development, software development, and implementation of high-end information technology.
Scientific Directors and Co-Founders
Brandon Ally, PhD
Brandon obtained his PhD in neuropsychology from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2004 and received post doctoral training in cognitive neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and Boston University. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Louisville. Brandon has published more than 45 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters focusing on understanding the mechanisms underlying visual perception and memory and how these processes break down as a result of neurologic impairment. In addition to using behavioral and neuroimaging methods, Brandon has recently published work using eye-tracking as a method of understanding visual attention, perception, and memory. He has obtained over $2 million dollars in government and foundational funding to investigate these processes in healthy and neurologically impaired individuals. He holds the position of Chief Scientific Officer with SportsSense and is a founding member. Brandon competed for the University of Tennessee on the track from 1992 to 1996 and continues to be heavily involved in coaching youth athletes.
Scott Wylie, Phd
Scott earned his PhD in cognitive neuroscience and clinical neuropsychology from Indiana University in 2002. He completed post-doctoral clinical and research training in the Neurology department at the University of Virginia. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at the University of Louisville. Scott has published more than 40 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters focusing on mechanisms underlying speeded action selection, action inhibition, motor learning, and impulse control. His lab has obtained over $1 million dollars in government, foundational, and university funding to investigate these processes in healthy adults and in individuals suffering neurological disease and injury. He holds the position of Chief Scientific Officer with SportsSense and is a founding member. Scott also played collegiate baseball before an injury forced him to hang up the cleats.
Ted Bashore, PhD
Ted earned his PhD in clinical and biological psychology from the University of Colorado in 1976 and has been a professor of psychology at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Northern Colorado. Ted has received over $4 million dollars in grant support and published over 60 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters focusing on understanding the timing of neurocognitive processing speed and movement control and the effects of neurological disorders, traumatic brain injury and aging on these processes. Before his academic career, Ted played football and baseball for the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and had a 5-year stint in professional baseball with the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets organizations. He has also served as a consulting neuropsychologist to the San Fransisco Giants and Chicago Cubs. Ted currently holds the position of Staff Scientist at SportSense.
Philip Ko, PhD
Phil attained his PhD in vision sciences and cognitive psychology from Vanderbilt University in 2010 and received post doctoral training from Vanderbilt in the Department of Neurology. Phil's work focuses on visual attention and perception, motion tracking, and visual working memory. He has published numerous peer-reviewed papers and book chapters focusing on these process in healthy and impaired adults. Phil holds the position of Staff Scientist at SportSense.
Nelleke van Wouwe, PhD
Nelleke earned her PhD in cognitive neuroscience from Leiden University (the Netherlands) in 2009 and completed post doctoral training in the Department of Neurology at Vanderbilt University. Nelleke's work focuses on action control, motor inhibition, reward learning and decision-making, and performance monitoring. She has published more than 10 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters focusing on these topics in healthy adults and in individuals suffering neurological disease. Nelleke is a Staff Scientist at SportsSense.
John Doulis, MD
Dr. Doulis is the former Assistant Vice Chancellor and Chief Operations Officer of the Informatics Center at Vanderbilt University. In this role, he was the single point of focus for the Informatics Center’s efforts to provide the most effective informatics and information technology infrastructure to meet the needs of the diverse operating units that make up VUMC. The objective of the position was to be best of class in support of medical center operations through informatics and information technology infrastructure. Dr. Doulis currently holds the position of Chief Information Officer and Director of Information Technology.
Tom Noland, PhD
Dr. Noland is currently the Vice President of MedCare Investment Funds - a company with over $1 billion dollars in assets related to the medicine and health care fields. Prior to MedCare, Dr. Noland was Associate Director of Finance at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and prior to that, Associate Director of the Vanderbilt Office of Technology Transfer and Commercialization. In both roles, his primary responsibility was the assessment of early-stage technologies and business concepts and, when appropriate, their incorporation into start-up companies. During Dr. Noland’s time as head of Enterprise Development, companies spun out of Vanderbilt successfully raised funds in excess of $100 million, including ICA, a current MedCare portfolio company. Before joining Vanderbilt, Dr. Noland was an Assistant Vice President for business development at Renal Care Group (RCG:NYSE), a leading dialysis service company, acquired by Fresenius (FMS:NYSE). Dr. Noland received his B.S. from Florida State University and his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia. His research experience spans the fields of cell biology, biochemistry, pharmacology and nephrology. Tom currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer and is a founding member of SportsSense.