Carolyn Emery

Associate Professor

Faculty of Kinesiology

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute




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Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Spinal Cord / Nerve Injury & Pain
  • Traumatic Brain Injury

Research activities

Dr. Emery leads a research program focused  on injury and concussion prevention in youth sport and recreation and pediatric rehabilitation; aimed to reduce the public health burden of injuries and specifically concussions and their long-term consequences. Dr. Emery holds a CIHR Foundation grant (SHRed injuries – Surveillance in High Schools to Prevent Injuries and their Consequences in Youth Sport and Recreation) and leads a pan-Canadian research team (National Football League Scientific Advisory Board) “SHRed Concussions” aimed to reduce the significant burden of concussions and their consequences in youth sport.


Carolyn Emery is a physiotherapist and epidemiologist. She completed her PhD (2004) in Epidemiology (Public Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Alberta). Her BScPT is from Queen’s University (1988) and MSc (Epidemiology) from the University of Calgary (1999). Carolyn is a Professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Departments of Pediatrics and Community Health Sciences, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. She is a member of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute, O’Brien Institute for Public Health, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, and McCaig Institute for Bone and Joint Health. Carolyn holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier 1) in Concussion. Carolyn is the Chair of the Sport Injury Prevention Research Centre (1 of 11 International Olympic Committee Research Centres for Prevention of Injury and Protection of Athlete Health) and leads the Vi Riddell Pediatric Rehabilitation Research Program (Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation). She is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, Christensen Fellow at Oxford and member of the College of New Scholars of the Royal Society of Canada.