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Carol Cancelliere
DC, PhD

Academic Associate

Faculty of Health Sciences

Contact information

905.721.8668


Research topics

  • epidemiology
  • musculoskeletal pain
  • concussion
  • post-traumatic headache
  • traffic injuries
  • clinical practice guidelines
  • rehabilitation
  • disability
  • implementation science
  • evidence-based practice

Research and Expertise

  • Background and Interests

    Dr. Carol Cancelliere is a clinical epidemiologist, appointed as the CCRF (Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation) Research Chair in Knowledge Translation in the Faculty of Health Sciences. She is the project lead for the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative. The objectives of this program are to develop clinical practice guidelines relevant to musculoskeletal health and disability, and conduct knowledge translation and implementation research. Dr. Cancelliere is also a scientist at the Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation at Ontario Tech University and the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.

  • Research area of specialty
    • Evidence-based assessment, management, and prognosis of musculoskeletal disorders and disability
    • Evidence-based assessment, management, and prognosis of concussion and persistent symptoms
    • Evidence-based assessment, management, and prognosis of post-traumatic headache
    • Development and evaluation of guideline implementation tools
    • Epidemiology, systematic reviews, mixed methods, cohort studies, implementation science, prediction model development and validation, clinical practice guidelines
  • Publications
    • Cancelliere C, Sutton D, Côté P, French S, Taylor-Vaisey A, Mior S. A scoping review of implementation strategies and outcomes of programs of care for the management of musculoskeletal disorders in the active military. Implementation Science (accepted July 30, 2019).
    • Mior S, Sutton D, To Daphne, Cancelliere C, French S, Taylor-Vaisey A, Côté P. Chiropractic Services in the Active Duty Military Setting: A scoping review. Chiropractic and Manual Therapies (accepted April 30, 2019).
    • Cancelliere C, Mohammed R. Recovery after mild traumatic brain injury: the importance of psychosocial factors. Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy (accepted December 19, 2018, manuscript 11-18-8849-CC).
    • Cancelliere C, Coronado VG, Taylor CA, Xu L. Epidemiology of Isolated vs. Non-Isolated Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Treated in Emergency Departments in the United States, 2006–2012: Sociodemographic Characteristics. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation 2017; 32(4):E37-E46.
    • Ammendolia C, Côté P, Cancelliere C, Cassidy JD, Hartvigsen J, Boyle E, Soklaridis S, Stern P, Amick B 3rd. Healthy and productive workers: using intervention mapping to design a workplace health promotion and wellness program to improve presenteeism. BMC Public Health 2016;16(1):1190
    • Cancelliere C, Donovan J, Stochkendahl MJ, Biscardi M, Ammendolia C, Myburgh C, Cassidy JD. Factors affecting return to work after injury or illness: Best evidence synthesis of systematic reviews. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies. 2016, 24:32 DOI: 10.1186/s12998-016-0113-z URL: http://www.chiromt.com/content/24/1/32.
    • Cancelliere C, Donovan J, Cassidy JD. Is sex an indicator of prognosis after mild traumatic brain injury: A systematic analysis of the findings of the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre Task Force on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and the International Collaboration on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Prognosis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2016;97(2 Suppl 1):S5–18.
    • Donovan J, Cassidy JD, Cancelliere C, Poulsen E, Jensen Stochkendahl M, Kilsgaard J, Blanchette M-A, Hartvigsen J. Beyond the spine: A new clinical research priority. Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association 2015; 59(1):6–12.
    • Cancelliere C, Hincapié CA, Keightley M, Godbolt AK, Côté P, Kristman VL, Stålnacke B-M, Carroll LJ, Hung R, Borg J, Nygren-de Boussard C, Coronado V, Donovan J, Cassidy JD. Systematic review of prognosis and return to play after sport concussion: Results of the International Collaboration on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Prognosis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2014;95(3 Suppl 2):S210–29.
    • Cancelliere C, Kristman V, Cassidy JD, Hincapié CA, Côté P, Boyle E, Carroll LJ, Stålnacke B-M, Nygren-de Boussard C, Borg J. Systematic review of return to work after mild traumatic brain injury: Results of the International Collaboration on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Prognosis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2014;95(3 Suppl 2):S201–9.
    • Cancelliere C, Cassidy JD, Li A, Donovan J, Côté P, Hincapié CA. Systematic search and review procedures: Results of the International Collaboration on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Prognosis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2014;95(3 Suppl 2):S101–31.
    • Godbolt AK, Cancelliere C, Hincapié CA, Marras C, Boyle E, Kristman V, Coronado V, Cassidy JD. Systematic review of the risk of dementia and chronic cognitive impairment after mild traumatic brain injury: Results of the International Collaboration on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Prognosis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2014;95(3 Suppl 2):S245–56.
    • Cassidy JD, Cancelliere C, Carroll L, Côté P, Hincapié CA, Holm LW, Hartvigsen J, Donovan J, Nygren-de Boussard C, Kristman V, Borg J. Systematic review of self-reported outcomes in adults after mild traumatic brain injury: Results of the International Collaboration on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Prognosis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2014;95(3 Suppl 2):S132–51.
    • Boyle E, Cancelliere C, Hartvigsen J, Carroll L, Holm LW, Cassidy JD. Systematic review of prognosis after mild traumatic brain injury in the military: Results of the International Collaboration on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Prognosis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2014;95(3 Suppl 2):S230–7.
    • Donovan J, Cancelliere C, Cassidy JD. Summary of the Findings of the International Collaboration on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Prognosis. Chiropractic and Manual Therapies 2014; 22:38.
    • Carroll LJ, Cassidy JD, Cancelliere C, Côté P, Hincapié CA, Kristman V, Holm LW, Borg J, Nygren-de Boussard C, Hartvigsen J. Systematic review of the prognosis after mild traumatic brain injury in adults: Cognitive, psychiatric and mortality outcomes. Results of the International Collaboration on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Prognosis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2014;95(3 Suppl 2):S152–73.
    • Hung R, Carroll LJ, Cancelliere C, Côté P, Rumney P, Keightley M, Donovan J, Stålnacke B-M, Cassidy JD. Systematic review of the clinical course, natural history and prognosis for pediatric MTBI: Results of the International Collaboration on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Prognosis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2014;95(3 Suppl 2):S174–91
    • Nygren-de Boussard C, Holm LW, Cancelliere C, Godbolt AK, Boyle E, Stålnacke B-M, Hincapié CA, Cassidy JD, Borg J. Systematic review of non-surgical interventions for mild traumatic brain injury in adults and children: Results of the International Collaboration on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Prognosis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2014;95(3 Suppl 2):S257–64.
    • Marras C, Hincapié CA, Kristman V, Cancelliere C, Soklaridis S, Li A, Borg J, af Geijerstam J-L, Cassidy JD. Systematic review of the risk of Parkinson’s disease after mild traumatic brain injury: Results of the International Collaboration on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Prognosis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2014;95(3 Suppl 2):S238–44.
    • Salmi LR, Cassidy JD, Holm L, Cancelliere C, Côté P, and Borg J. Introduction to the findings of the International Collaboration on Mild Traumatic Bain Injury Prognosis: What is a prognostic study? Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2014;95(3 Suppl 2):S95–100.
    • Kristman V, Borg J, Godbolt AK, Salmi R, Cancelliere C, Carroll LJ, Holm LW, Nygren-de Boussard C, Hartvigsen J, Abara U, Donovan J, Cassidy JD. Methodological issues and research recommendations for prognosis after mild traumatic brain injury: Results of the International Collaboration on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Prognosis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2014;95(3 Suppl 2):S265–77.
    • Keightley M, Côté P, Rumney P, Hung R, Carroll LJ, Cancelliere C, Cassidy JD. Psychosocial consequences of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI) in children: Results of a systematic review by the International Collaboration on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Prognosis. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2014;95(3 Suppl 2):S192–200.
    • Cancelliere C, Cassidy JD, Côté P, Hincapié CA, Hartvigsen J, Carroll LJ, et al. Protocol for a systematic review of prognosis after mild traumatic brain injury: an update of the WHO Collaborating Centre Task Force findings. BMC Systematic Reviews 2012, 1:17.
    • Cancelliere C, Cassidy JD, Ammendolia C, Côté P. Are workplace health promotion programs effective at improving presenteeism in workers? A systematic review and best evidence synthesis of the literature. BMC Public Health 2011, 11:395.
  • Research Collaborators
    • Alice Kongsted, PhD, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
    • André Bussières, PhD, McGill University, Quebec
    • Carlo Ammendolia, PhD, University of Toronto, Ontario
    • Christine Comer, PhD, University of Leeds, United Kingdom
    • Corrie Myburgh, PhD, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
    • David Cassidy, PhD, DrMedSc, University of Toronto, Ontario
    • Eleanor Boyle, PhD, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
    • Jan Hartvigsen, PhD, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
    • Jamie Hutchison, PhD, Alexis Turgeon, PhD and the Canadian Traumatic Brain Injury Research Consortium
    • Lena Holm, DrMedSc, Karolinska University, Stockholm, Sweden
    • Linda Carroll, PhD, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
    • Mana Rezai, PhD, University of Toronto, Ontario
    • Margareta Nordin, DrMedSc, New York University School of Medicine, NY, USA
    • Mette Jensen Stochkendahl, PhD, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
    • Michael Schneider PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    • Nadège Leumeunier, PhD, Institut Franco-Européen de Chiropraxie, France
    • Peter Kent, PhD, Curtin University, Bentley, Australia
    • Rachid Salmi, PhD, University of Bordeauz, France
    • Sheilah Hogg-Johnson, PhD, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Ontario
    • Silvano Mior, PhD, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
    • Simon French, PhD, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia
  • Courses taught
    • HLSC 3910U: Research Methods for Health Care Professionals: Theory & Application
  • Graduate student research
    • Keshini Moodley. Master of Health Sciences (Community Health). Ontario Tech University. Evaluation of knowledge transfer strategies for the dissemination of clinical practice guidelines. (2016 to present).
  • Grants
    • Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation. Cancelliere C (PI). Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative - Develop, disseminate and implement evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and best practice recommendations for the management of musculoskeletal disorders. 2018-19. ($520,000).
    • Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Internal Research Support Fund. Cancelliere C (PI), Yu H, LeBlanc F, Mior S, Connell G. Development of an evidence-based self-management toolkit for low back pain adapted to the Tobique First Nation, Canada: A pre-implementation qualitative case study. 2018-19. ($9,205).
    • Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative. Cancelliere C (co-PI), Mior S (co-PI), Hofkirchner C, Côté P, French. Practice-Based Research Network - Development of the “Operational Readiness Evidence-based Care Pathway” for chiropractors managing spinal pain in the Canadian Armed Forces. 2018-19. ($15,000).
    • Canadian Chiropractic Association, Ontario Chiropractic Association. Cancelliere C (co-PI), Mior S (co-PI), Côté P, French S, Sutton D, Vogel E, Laporte A, Nordin M, Loisel P, Hofkirchner C. Development of the “Operational Readiness Evidence-based Care Pathway” for chiropractors managing spinal pain in the Canadian Armed Forces. 2017-18. ($124,910).
    • Mitacs - Elevate Postdoctoral Fellowship. Managing spinal pain in the Canadian Armed Forces. 2016-18. ($110,000).
    • Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College - Internal Research Fund Competition. 2017. ($1,000)
    • Ontario Graduate Scholarship. 2016. ($15,000)
    • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) - Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarships (Doctoral Award). Incidence and prognosis of post-traumatic headache. 2013-16. ($105,000).
    • Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. Cassidy JD (PI), Cancelliere C. Guideline Development for Return to Work after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: Phase I. 2012-13. ($23,700).
    • Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation. Cassidy JD (PI), Cancelliere C. Prognosis after Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: An Update of the WHO Collaborating Task Force Findings. 2011-12. ($95,000).
    • Association of Chiropractic Colleges – Research Award. Accuracy of recall of pain intensity in low back pain patients. 2003. ($10,000)
    • Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) - Health Professional Student Research Award. 2002. ($3,000).
  • Education
    • PhD Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care research, University of Toronto
    • Master of Public Health, Lakehead University
    • Doctor of Chiropractic, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
    • Honours Bachelor of Science, University of Toronto