University of Calgary

Carolyn Emery

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

Research Interests

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


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



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 the Associate Dean Research and Professor 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 currently the Academic Director of the Postdoctoral Office at the University of Calgary. She 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 the Safe to Play Concussion Research Team (Canadian Institutes for Health Research) and co-leads the Alberta Program in Youth Sport and Recreational Injury Prevention (Alberta Innovates Health Solutions). 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.        Alberta Bone and Joint Strategic Clinical Network. Translating Best Practice in Injury Prevention in Youth Sport. Jan 1, 2017 – Dec 31, 2018. C Emery (PI)

2.       Calgary Harvest Half Marathon Society. Translating Best Practice in Injury Prevention in Youth Sport. January 2017 and January 2018 C Emery (PI)

3.      Calgary Minor Soccer Association (CMSA), Injury and Concussion in Youth Soccer. Jun 1, 2017- May 31, 2018. K Schneider (PI), CA Emery (co-PI), Co-Is: B Hagel, K Yeates

4.     Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network, Pilot Grant.  Consequences of Ankle Sprain Injury in Youth Sport: Implications for Post-Traumatic Ankle Osteoarthritis. April 1, 2017-March 31, 2018. CA Emery (PI), Co-Is: J Jaremko, O Owoeye, C Toomey, J Whittaker, L Carlesso, K Barton, J Ronsky, G Kuntze, G Alcock, T Birmingham, total $10,000

5.     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 13, 2016-July 13, 2021. B Hagel (PI), A Macpherson (Co-PI), A Howard (Co-PI), P Fuselli (Co-PI), Co-Is: l Owens, M Winters, CA Emery, A Nettel-Aguirre, JJ Torres Michel, J Kennedy, C Macarthur, G Mccormack, I Pike, K Russell, MS Cloutier, R Buliung, G Faulkner, D Voaklander, K Belton, T Ma, G Morrow

6.    The Arthritis Society:  New Investigator Operating Grant. “Characterization of Modifiable Factors that Compound the Risk for Osteoarthritis after Youth Sport-Related Knee Injury.” October 2016- September 2019, JL Whittaker (PI), C Prado (Co-PI), JL Jaremko (Co-PI), LJ Woodhouse (Co-PI), CA Emery (Co-I)

7.  Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Network Catalyst Grant: Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation and Myalgic Encephalomyelopathy/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. “Canadian MSK Rehab Research Network”. (2016-2019). JC MacDermid (NPI), Co-Is: J Astephen Wilson, T Birmingham, S Robinovitch, JS Roy, M Ashe, D Beaton, L Beaupreau, M Begon, L Bouyer, L Carlesso, M Choinièere, J Cote, N Dahan-Oliel, K Deluzio, F Desmeules, C Dionne, CA Emery, R Ferber, L Ferreira, D Fitzimmons, S French, D Gagnon, M Gignac, L Giangregorio, A Gross, D Gross, J Hayden, W Hill, M Hunt, C Kozey, G Léonard, M Maly, J Marsh, D Marshall, C Mercier, K Perreault, R Petrella, M Piché, C Prado, J Richardson, S Robbins, J Ronsky, D Rouleau, D Rutherford, K Sinden, S Stock, M Teeter, Y Tousignant-Laflamme, AL Trejos, N Urquart, D Walton, H Weiler, J Whittaker, T Wideman, G Wohl, L Woodhouse

8.        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, JL Ronsky (PI), Co-I’s: CA Emery, G Kuntze, J Jaremko, L Woodhouse, R Frayne, et al.

9.      National Basketball Association/General Electric: Healthcare Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Collaboration. “Prevention of Patellar and Achilles Tendinopathies in Youth Basketball.” 2016-2018, CA Emery (PI), Co-I’s: AV Fifa-Mah, G Kuntze, JL Ronsky, K MacDonald, O Owoeye, P Wiley, R Walker, S Boyd

10.     Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Healthy Living and Injury Surveillance for Chronic Disease Initiative.  “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.” April 2016 – March 2019, CA Emery (PI)

11.     Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Team Grant - Canadian Traumatic Brain Injury Research Consortium (CTRC) Grant. 2015-2019, J Hutchison (PI), A Turgeon (Co-PI), CA Emery (Co-PI), I Gagnon (Co-PI), CL Wellington (Co-PI),

12.    International Olympic Committee. “Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre - A centre for research in injury prevention in sport.” 2015-2019, WH Meeuwisse (PI), CA Emery (Co-PI)

13.      Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. “Vi Riddell Pediatric Rehabilitation Research Program.” 2015-2020, CA Emery (PI)

14.    Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, Chair in Pediatric Rehabilitation. “Building research capacity in pediatric rehabilitation.” July 2014–June 2019. CA Emery (PI), 

15.   Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Team Grant: Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Children and Youth: Best Practices in Early Diagnosis and Treatment 2012-10-29 “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”. Partnership funding from Hotchkiss Brain Institute. 2013-2018, CA Emery (PI), WH Meeuwisse (Co-PI), Co-Is: B Benson, B Brooks, K Barlow, S Dukelow

16.   Alberta Innovates Health Solutions – Collaborative Research & Innovation Opportunity - Program. “Alberta Program in Child and Adolescent Sport and Recreational Injury Prevention”, 2013-2018, CA Emery (PI), B Hagel (Co-PI), Co-Is: A MacPherson, A Nettel-Aguirre, B Rowe, C McKay, C Fiinch, C Goulet, D Marshall, D Voaklander, E Verhagen, G Currie, G McCormack, J Kang, K Russell, K Schneider, P Doyle-Baker, R Ferber, S Babul, S Richmond, W Meeuwisse

Publications (5 years)

See CV for a list of Publications.

Staff and Students

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Curriculum Vitae



  • 2018 - Christensen Visiting Fellowship - St. Catherine’s College, Oxford
  • 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 - Population Health Investigator - Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR)
  • 2006 - New Investigator Award - Canadian Institutes for Health Research
  • 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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