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. 

Jessica Wong BSc, DC, MPH, FCCS(C), PhD (candidate)

Research Associate 

Dr. Jessica Wong holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Medical Radiation Sciences and a Master's degree in Public Health from the University of Toronto. She also obtained her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College and became a Fellow of the College of Chiropractic Sciences (Canada). Dr. Wong is currently a doctoral student in Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, with a focus on the effects of low back pain and mental health symptoms on health care utilization and costs. 

Heather Shearer DC, MSc, FCCS(C), PhD (candidate)

Research Associate 

Dr. Heather Shearer received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from CMCC in 2004, completed at the CMCC graduate clinical sciences residency program in 2006 and became a Fellow of the Collge of Chiropractic Sciences (Canada) in 2007. Dr. Shearer was awarded her MSc in Medical Science from the University of Toronto in 2008. She is presently completing a doctoral degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, with a focus on the impact of pain on psychological well-being in children and youth with cerebral palsy. 

Gaelan Connell BHK, DC, MSc (candidate)

Knowledge Broker

Dr. Gaelan Connell holds a Bachelor in Human Kinetics 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 undertaking a Master's degree at the University of British Columbia in Rehabilitation Sciences. Dr. Connell has a keen interest in knowledge translation and implementation science. He is also passionate about running and has completed several trail ultramarathons over the past year. 

Anne Taylor-Vaisey MLS

Research Associate - Librarian 

Anne Taylor-Vaisey completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Toronto, and her Master of Library Science degree at the University of Western Ontario (now Western University) in London, Ontario. Since then she has held librarian positions at Trent University, the University of Toronto's Office of Continuing Medical Education (now Continuing Education and Professional Development), Integrated Healthcare Communications Inc., and the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC). She served as CMCC's reference librarian from 2001 to 2013. Since 2003 she has been Co-editor and Web Editor of the Index to Chiropractic Literature (ICL), and has recently been appointed Editor of ICL. As a Research Associate with the Centre (CDPR), she has developed and executed literature searches for the OPTIMa systematic reviews and guidelines, conducted literature searches fir many of the Global Spine Care Initiative publications, and continues to work with members of the CDPR team on numerous projects, including the Candian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative. 

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 in 2006. Recently, Poonam completed her Project Management Certificate at Humber College. As the Administrative Coordinator, she manages the budgets and financial needs for the Centre (CDPR). She is also responsible for the organization and co-ordination of communications with external and internal stakeholders, as well as planning the operational and resource needs of the Centre. For the past seven years, she has worked with Dr. Côté in other capacities and during this time developed expertise in the management of large evidence-based research projects. Poonam  also supports the management of the budgets and contracts for CCGI. 

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CCGI is funded by provincial associations and regulatory boards, and national associations including the Canadian Chiropractic Association

and Canadian Chiropractic Protective Association. CCGI maintains editorial independence from funders.

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