Franziska Kintzel

With a background in Neuropsychology and Counselling Psychology, Franziska Kintzel's passion lies within the psychosocial aspects and determinants of brain injuries, particularly, concussions. Her dissertation research will focus on enhancing our understanding of the lived experience of athletes with sports-related concussions. Specifically, she is interested in the possible impact of concussions on the athletes’ sense of self, as well as the role of social support in coping and recovery. 

Supervisor: Sharon Elaine Robertson (William Bridel is on Franziska's dissertation committee)


Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarships Program Doctoral Scholarships


Faculty of Graduate Studies Doctoral Scholarship (2017-2018)

Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Doctoral Scholarship (2017-2018)


Kintzel, F., & Robertson, S. (2018, June). Stress and Coping after a Sports-Related Concussion: Elite Athletes' Lived Experiences. Gimme5 presentation held at the 29th International Congress of Applied Psychology (ICAP), Montreal, QC.

Kintzel, F., & Robertson, S. (2018, May). Navigating the Invisible: Elite Athletes’ Experience of Sports-Related

Concussions. Poster presented at the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) Annual Conference, Winnipeg, MA.

Kintzel, F., & Robertson, S. (March, 2018).  How to Cope and Whom to tell: Athlete’s Experiences of Sports-Related Concussions. Poster presented at the 2018 Rotman Research Institute Conference, Toronto, ON.   

Kintzel, F., Freeman-Cruz, A., Laut, D., Amadala, L., & Robertson, S. (2017, May).  Identity in Transition:

Implications for Clinical Practice.  Panel presentation held at the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) Annual  Conference, St. John's, NL.