University of Calgary

Carolyn Emery

  • Professor
  • Associate Dean (Research)
  • Human Performance Lab

Research Interests

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.

Positions

Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Kinesiology, University of Calgary

Director Postdoctoral Program, VP Research, University of Calgary

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 the Associate Dean Research, Academic Director Postdoctoral Office, and Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. She is a physiotherapist and epidemiologist. Her PhD in Epidemiology is from the Department of Public Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Alberta. Dr. Emery holds joint appointments in the Faculty of Kinesiology and the Departments of Pediatrics and Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary.  Her research fields include sport injury epidemiology, randomized controlled trials in injury prevention in sport and rehabilitation in pediatrics and sport medicine.

Current Work

Dr. Emery holds a Chair in Pediatric Rehabilitation (Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute) and is Chair of the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre (1 of 9 International Olympic Committee Research Centres of Excellence in Injury Prevention in Sport) at the University of Calgary. She leads the Safe to Play Concussion Research Team (Canadian Institutes for Health Research), Vi Riddell Pediatric Rehabilitation Research Program, and co-leads the Alberta Program in Youth Sport and Recreational Injury Prevention (Alberta Innovates Health Solutions). Dr. Emery is also the Prevention Theme co-lead for Alberta Team Osteoarthritis (an Alberta Innovates Health Solutions Collaborative Research and Innovation Opportunity Team) where her research relates to preventing injury to prevent osteoarthritis. Dr. Emery is a member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute for Child and Maternal Health, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, Institute for Public Health and McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health. Dr. Emery was inducted as a Canadian Academy of Health Sciences Fellow and she is a Royal Society of Canada New Scholar.

Desired Outcomes

The primary focus of Dr. Emery’s research program is the identification of risk factors for injury and evaluation of prevention strategies to reduce the risk of injury in youth sport and recreation. This includes prevention of longer-term sequelae, including osteoarthritis, to promote active and healthy lifestyles and to maximize the benefits of rehabilitation in pediatrics and sport medicine. Dr. Emery is best known for her research program in injury and concussion risk in youth ice hockey including evaluation of policy related to body checking. In addition, her research associated with the development and evaluation of prevention strategies to decrease the risk of injuries in hockey, soccer, basketball and junior high school has led to a significant public health impact in injury reduction in youth sport.

Current Funded Projects

2017-2018                                                                                                                                                                                               Consequences of Ankle Sprain Injury in Youth Sport: Implications for Post-Traumatic Ankle Osteoarthritis.                                  Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network                                                                                                                                                      Principal Investigator

2016-2021                                                                                                                                                                                                               The Built Environment and Active Transportation Safety in Children and Youth.                                                                                         Canadian Institutes of Health Research                                                                                                                                                                  Co-Investigator (B Hagel, A Cacpherson, A Howard, P Fuselli  PIs)

2016-2017                                                                                                                                                                                           Neuromuscular Training (NMT) and Injury Prevention Program in Youth Alpine Skiing: A Pilot Study.                                              University of Calgary, Faculty of Kinesiology Seed Grant                                                                                                                                       Co-investigator (PK Doyle-Baker PI)

2016-2017                                                                                                                                                                                                        Cervico-vestibular rehabilitation following concussion: A randomized controlled trial.                                                                            University of Calgary, Faculty of Kinesiology Seed Grant                                                                                                                                        Co-Principal Investigator (K Schneider PI)

2016-2017                                                                                                                                                                                                               Pilot study evaluating concussion prevention intervention in youth ice hockey players.                                                                        University of Calgary, Faculty of Kinesiology Seed Grant                                                                                                                                       Co-Principal Investigator (K Schneider PI) 

2016-2019                                                                                                                                                                                               Characterization of Modifiable Factors that Compound the Risk for Osteoarthritis after Youth Sport-Related Knee Injury.                     The Arthritis Society                                                                                                                                                                                                 Co-investigator (JL Whittaker PI)

2016-2019                                                                                                                                                                                           Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation and Myalgic Encephalomyelopathy/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.                                                       Canadian Institutes of Health Research                                                                                                                                                                   Co-investigator (JC MacDermid PI)

2016-2021                                                                                                                                                                                                                  A novel in-vivo mechanical marker of early changes in post-traumatic osteoarthritis.                                                                            Canadian Institutes of Health Research                                                                                                                                                                  Co-investigator (JL Ronsky PI)

2016-2018                                                                                                                                                                                                    Prevention of Patellar and Achilles Tendinopathies in Youth Basketball.                                                                                                 National Basketball Association/General Electric                                                                                                                                           Principal Investigator

2016-2019                                                                                                                                                                                                             Injury Prevention in Youth Soccer – Evaluation component of national implementation of the FIFA 11+ (sub grant) in partnership with Canadian Soccer Association and Canada Sport Life.                                                                                                                                   Public Health Agency of Canada                                                                                                                                                                       Principal Investigator

2016-2018                                                                                                                                                                                                         Clinical, Musculoskeletal and Physiological Effects of Oligoarticular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis - Implications for Physiotherapy and Exercise Interventions.                                                                                                                                                                              Calgary Centre for Clinical Research                                                                                                                                                               Principal Investigator

2015-2019                                                                                                                                                                                                      Canadian Traumatic Brain Injury Research Consortium (CTRC) Grant.                                                                                                   Canadian Institutes of Health Research                                                                                                                                                                   Co-Principal Investigator (J Hutchison PI)

2015-2019
Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre - A centre for research in injury prevention in sport.                                                     International Olympic Committee.                                                                                                                                                                    Principal Investigator

2014-2019                                                                                                                                                                                                               Vi Riddell Pediatric Rehabilitation Research Program.                                                                                                                             Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation                                                                                                                                                           Principal Investigator 

2014-2019                                                                                                                                                                                                       Building research capacity in pediatric rehabilitation.                                                                                                                                  Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation                                                                                                                                                            Principal Investigator

2014-2017
Consequences of knee joint injury in youth sport: Implications for knee osteoarthritis and other health outcomes.
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Principal Investigator

2013-2018                                                                                                                                                                                                              Safe to Play: A longitudinal research program to establish best practice in the prevention, early diagnosis and management of sport-related concussion in youth ice hockey players.                                                                                                                                      Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Team Grant: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Children and Youth: Best Practices in Early Diagnosis and Treatment                                                                                                                                                                                                         Principal Investigator (W Meeuwisse Co-PI)

2013-2018
Alberta Program in Child and Adolescent Sport and Recreational Injury Prevention.
Alberta Innovates Health Solutions – Collaborative Research & Innovation Opportunity – Program
Principal Investigator (B Hagel Co-PI)

 

Publications (5 years)

See CV for a list of Publications.

Staff and Students

See CV ffor staff and students.

Curriculum Vitae

Degrees

Awards

  • 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 - Population Health Investigator - Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR)
  • 2006 - New Investigator Award - Canadian Institutes for Health Research
  • 2005 - Alan Bernstein Award - Institute of Maternal and Child Health
  • 2005 - Dr. Tom Pashby Award - Canadian Academy of Sport Medicine
  • 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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