University of Calgary

Carolyn Emery

  • Professor
  • Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre (SIPRC)

Research Interests

Injury Prevention, Sport Medicine & Rehabilitation:

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.

Positions

Professor (with Tenure), Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary

Chair, Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre, University of Calgary

Chair, Pediatric Rehabilitation Research, University of Calgary

Professor, Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine

Professor, Paediatrics, Faculty of Medicine

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta

Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Adjunct International Scientist, Musculoskeletal Health, EMGO+ Institute for Health & Care Research, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Licensure and Certification

College of Physiotherapists of Alberta, 1993

College of Physical Therapists of BC, 1988

Research

Specialty

Dr. Carolyn Emery is a physiotherapist and epidemiologist. She completed her BSc in Physiotherapy at Queens University in 1988 and after several years of practice in pediatric rehabilitation and sport medicine, Dr. Emery completed her MSc in Epidemiology (Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine) at the University of Calgary in 1999 and obtained her PhD in Epidemiology (Public Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine) from the University of Alberta in 2004. She was recruited to the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary in 2004. Dr. Emery is a Professor (with tenure) in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. She holds joint appointments in Pediatrics and Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. Dr. Emery is a member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, O’Brien Institute of Public Health, Hotchkiss Brain Institute and the McCaig Institute of Bone and Joint Health.

Current Work

The focus of Dr. Emery’s research program is in injury prevention in youth sport and recreation, concussion, and pediatric rehabilitation; aimed to reduce the public health burden of injury including long-term consequences (e.g. overweight/obesity, post-traumatic osteoarthritis, post-concussion syndrome). She holds a Chair in Pediatric Rehabilitation (Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute) and is Chair of the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre (1 of 10 International Olympic Committee Research Centres in Injury and Illness Prevention in Sport) at the University of Calgary. She leads "SHRed Injuries: Preventing Injuries and their Consequences in Youth Sport and Recreation" (CIHR) and "SHRed Concussions-Surveillance in High Schools to Reduce the Risk of Concussions and their Concequences: (NFL Scientific Advisor Board). Dr. Emery was inducted as a Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Fellow and she is a Royal Society of Canada New Scholar.

Current Funded Projects

  1. Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network. Using Wearable Technology to Monitor Exercise Fidelity During a Post  Traumatic Osteoarthritis Prevention Exercise Progarm. (June 2019-March 2021) CA Emery (PI)
  2. International Olympic Commitee (IOC). Medical and Scientific Research fund for the protection of athletes' health through prevention of injury and illness in sport and anti-doping. Revention, detection and management of concussion in rugby: Evaluation of multisystem involvement.  (2019-2021) CA Emery (Co-I)
  3. International Olympic Commitee. Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre Grant. (2019-2022) CA Emery (PI)
  4. HighMark Innovations Inc.  Reliability and validity of a new test of neurological function. (2018-2019) CA Emery (Co-I)
  5. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Foundation Grant. SHRed Injuries: Preventing Injuries and their Consequences In Youth Sport and REereation. (2018-2026) CA Emery (PI)
  6. NFL Scientific Advisor Board. SHRed Concussions - Surveillance in HIgh Schools to Reduce the Risk of Concussions and their Consequences.  (2018-2021) CA Emery (PI)
  7. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Project Grant. Determining a safe way to increase physical activity without getting injured. (2018-2021) CA Emery (Co-I)
  8. Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Foundation Grant. SHRed Injuries: Preventing Injuries and their Consequences in Youth Sport and Recreation. (2018-2026) CA Emery (PI)
  9. Joan C. Snyder, Philanthropic Donation. Making a Difference: Preventing Injuries in Female Athletes. June 2018 - May 2023.CA Emery (PI)
  10. ERA-NET NEURON: European Research Projects on External Insults to the Nervous System. “SiMPly Rehab: Seeing-Moving-Playing: Early Rehabilitation using visual and vestibular technology following traumatic brain injury.” (2017-2020) CA Emery (Co-I)
  11. Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Team Grant: Environments and Health: Intersectoral Prevention Research. The Built Environment and Active Transportation Safety in Children and Youth. (July 2016-July 2021) CA Emery (Co-I)
  12. The Arthritis Society: New Investigator Operating Grant. “Characterization of Modifiable Factors that Compound the Risk for Osteoarthritis after Youth Sport-Related Knee Injury.” (Oct 2016- Sept 2019), CA Emery (Co-I)
  13. Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Network Catalyst Grant: Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation and Myalgic Encephalomyelopathy/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. “Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network”. (2016-2019).CA Emery (Co-I) 
  14. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Project Grant – Spring 2016 competition. “A novel in-vivo mechanical marker of early changes in post-traumatic osteoarthritis.” (2016-2021) CA Emery (Co-I)
  15. National Basketball Association/General Electric: Healthcare Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Collaboration. “Prevention of Patellar and Achilles Tendinopathies in Youth Basketball.” (2016-2019) CA Emery (PI)
  16. Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Team Grant - Canadian Traumatic Brain Injury Research Consortium (CTRC) Grant. (2015-2019) CA Emery (Co-PI)
  17. Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. “Vi Riddell Pediatric Rehabilitation Research Program.” 2015-2021, CA Emery (PI)
  18. Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, Chair in Pediatric Rehabilitation. “Building research capacity in pediatric rehabilitation.” 2014–2019. CA Emery (PI) 

Publications (5 years)

See CV for a list of Publications.

Staff and Students

See CV for staff and students.

Curriculum Vitae

Degrees

Awards

  • 2019 - JOSPT Excellence in Research Award - JOSPT
  • 2019 - Medical Research Network Chair Sport Injury - International Olympic Committee
  • 2018 - Christensen Visiting Fellowship - St. Catherine’s College, Oxford
  • 2018 - Canadian Institutes of Health Research Foundation - CIHR
  • 2018 - Editor’s Choice Manuscript for July 2018 Journal Issue (Free Full Text) and Editor’s Pick for Online CME Module - Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine
  • 2018 - Carol L. Richards Lectureship - 3e Conférence scientifique Carol L. Richards
  • 2018 - Best Poster - Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute Symposium
  • 2017 - Tom Pashby award for best research presentation - Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine
  • 2017 - Distinguished Achievement Award (best oral presentation) - Cummings School of Medicine/Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute
  • 2017 - IJSPT Achievement of Distinction: Best Original Research Manuscript (2017) - The International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy
  • 2016 - Canadian Academy Health Sciences Fellowship - Canadian Academy Health Sciences
  • 2016 - R. Tait McKenzie and Kinematics award for best paper written and presented - Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine
  • 2016 - Tom Pashby award for best research presentation - Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine
  • 2015 - Peak Scholar Recognition Award – Eyes High (Research impact and knowledge translation) - University of Calgary
  • 2015 - Distinguished Achievement Award - Cummings School of Medicine
  • 2014 - Distinguished Alumni Award - Queen’s University
  • 2014 - Excellence in Safety - USA Hockey
  • 2012 - Roger Jackson Centre Faculty Research Award - Roger Jackson Centre, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary
  • 2011 - Faculty of Kinesiology Research Award - Faculty of Kinesiology
  • 2006 - New Investigator Award - Canadian Institutes for Health Research
  • 2006 - Population Health Investigator - Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR)
  • 2005 - Dr. Tom Pashby Award - Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
  • 2005 - Alan Bernstein Award - Institute of Maternal and Child Health
  • 2004 - Award of Recognition (Advancement of Evidence-Based Practice) - Alberta Physiotherapy Association
  • 2001 - Dr. Tom Pashby Award - Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
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