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Research Team


Carol Cancelliere DC, MPH, PhD

Project Lead 

Dr. Cancelliere is a clinical epidemiologist with experience as a clinician and researcher. She graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (2004) and practiced for 10 years in Ontario, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia. 


She completed her Masters of Public Health degree at Lakehead University (2011). Upon completion, she led a large international research collaboration, which investigated the prognosis and management of mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI)/concussion in adults, children, athletes, and the military. This collaboration led to the publication of 13 systematic reviews and informed the Guidelines for Concussion/Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Persistent systems: Second Edition, 2013. She earned a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology and Health Care Research from the University of Toronto (2017) (CIHR Doctoral Award 2013-2016), supervised by J. David Cassidy, PhD, DrMedSc, where she investigated the incidence and prognosis of post-traumatic headache in adults. During the program, she completed a research practicum at the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), investigating the epidemiology of MTBI visits to emergency departments in the U.S. 

Dr. Cancelliere was a Mitacs-funded postdoctoral fellow at Ontario Tech University (OnTechU). Supervised by Pierre Côté, DC, PhD, her postdoctoral work focused on developing and implementing an evidence-based care pathway for chiropractors managing spinal pain in the Canadian Armed Forces. She has also been a board director of the OCA from 2009-2018 and served as chair of the research committee, chair of the finance and audit committee, treasurer, and vice-chair of the board. 


Dr. Cancelliere carries out her work at the CCGI as CCRF Research Chair of Knowledge Translation in the Faculty of Health Sciences at OnTechU. 


Hainan Yu MBBS, MSc

Research Project Manager - Guidelines 

Dr. Hainan Yu completed his medical degree from Capital University of Medical Sciences in Beijing in 1998, followed by residency training in ophthalmology at Gong'an General Hospital, also in Beijing in 2003. He completed a Master of Public Health degree with a focus on health promotion and health education at the University of Southampton, England in 2005. Dr. Yu is now working as a Research Project Manager for guideline development activities working with the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative (CCGI) led by Dr. Cancelliere.


Leslie Verville BHSc (Hons), MHSc

Research Project Manager - Knowledge Translation 

Leslie Verville completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) degree with a specialization in Kinesiology at the Ontario Tech University (OnTechU) in 2013. This was followed by her Master of Health Sciences (community, population, and public health specialization) degree from OnTechU in 2018. Leslie is now working as a Research Project Manager for knowledge translation activities working with the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative (CCGI) led by Dr. Carol Cancelliere. 


Danielle Southerst DC, FCCS(C)

Research Associate 

Dr. Danielle Southerst received her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2009, completing a residency program in Chiropractic Clinical Sciences in 2011. She holds a fellowship from the College of Chiropractic Sciences (Canada). She has contributed to a number of systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines on disability and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal disorders. Currently, Dr. Southerst is coordinating research projects at the Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation and working with the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative (CCGI) led by Dr. Carol Cancelliere.

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Gaelan Connell BHK, DC, MRSc

Research Associate

Dr. Gaelan Connell holds a Bachelor of Human Kinetics degree and a Master's of Rehabilitation Sciences degree from the University of British Columbia. He obtained his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in 2014. He currently practices in a multi-disciplinary clinic in Vancouver, BC. He is also an editorial board member for the Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association. Dr. Connell has a keen interest in knowledge translation and implementation science.


Poonam Cardoso BHSc, PMP

Finance Officer 

Poonam Cardoso completed her Bachelor of Health Studies (Honours) degree with a major in Health Management at York University in Toronto, Ontario. In 2015, she received her Project Management Institute Certification. As the Research Administration Officer, she manages the financial, contractual, planning, operational, and resource needs of the Centre. For the past ten years, she has worked with Dr. Côté in other capacities; during this time, she has developed expertise in the management of large evidence-based research projects.

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