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We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Team Bios

Director: Pierre Côté
Carol Cancelliere | Poonam Cardoso | Gaelan Connell | Melissa Corso | Sheilah Hogg-Johnson | Silvano MiorEfrosini PapaconstantinouHeather Shearer | Danielle SoutherstAnne Taylor-Vaisey | Leslie VervilleDan (Demi) Wang | Jessica Wong | Hainan Yu | View photos
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Pierre Côté
DC, PhD

CDPR Director
Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ontario Tech University
Canada Research Chair in Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6986-6676
pierre.cote@ontariotechu.ca

Professor Côté is an epidemiologist. His clinical training was in the field of chiropractic and he earned a Master of Science in Surgery. He holds the Canada Research Chair in Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation and is a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Ontario Tech Univeristy). He is also the director of the Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation at Ontario Tech University and the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Dr. Côté is also a Professor of Epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto.

In 2010, Dr. Côté reviewed and proposed modifications to the definition of catastrophic impairment related to traffic collision for the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. More recently, he was mandated by the Government of Ontario to develop evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the management of traffic injuries. Côté is actively involved in various rehabilitation projects with the World Health Organization (WHO). For several months in 2020 he was responsible for writing the daily WHO COVID-19 Research Digest and he is a member of the WHO Development Group for programs of rehabilitation for low back pain. Côté is the Chair of the Cochrane Rehabilitation Methodology Committee. In 2018, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the Global Rehabilitation Alliance and he is the Co-Chair of the EUROSPINE Diploma in Interprofessional Spine Care (EDISC), a program to standardize evidence-based spine care in Europe.

Dr. Côté's current research focuses on the etiology, prognosis and management of disability related to musculoskeletal pain and mental health. He has expertise in the design and conduct of randomized clinical trials, cohort studies, case-control studies and systematic reviews. Professor Côté has published more than 275 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals, and his current Scopus h-index is 56.

View Pierre Côté's Faculty of Health Sciences profile. 


Silvano Mior
DC, PhD, FCCS(C)

CDPR Scientist
Director, Research Partnerships and Health Policy, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC)
Professor, CMCC
Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6575-2797
smior@cmcc.ca

Dr. Silvano Mior is Director, Research Partnerships and Health Policy at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC). He is a Professor at CMCC and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Ontario Tech University, and Institute of Health Policy Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto. Mior graduated from CMCC in 1980, where he subsequently completed the Clinical Sciences Residency Program, receiving his Fellowship in the College of Chiropractic Sciences in 1984. He completed his PhD in Health Services with a concentration on outcomes and evaluation at the University of Toronto.

Mior’s research interests are in the areas of clinical outcomes and program evaluation, health services, and assessing models of interdisciplinary collaborative practice, in particular, patients’ perspective and interests in collaborative care. He developed and implemented a model of collaboration between chiropractors and physicians, and studied the outcomes from provider and patient perspectives. Mior was a co-investigator and member of the Core Scientific Team and Guideline Expert Panel in a study, funded by the Financial Services Commission of Ontario, to develop a Minor Injury Treatment Protocol for the management of minor traffic injuries in Ontario. Currently, Mior is a principal investigator for the Canadian Armed Forces Initiative, a demonstration project evaluating chiropractic care for the management of musculoskeletal conditions in Canadian Armed Forces Personnel.

View Silvano Mior's faculty profile at CMCC.


Carol Cancelliere
DC, MPH, PhD

Project Lead, Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative
CDPR Scientist
Academic Associate, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ontario Tech University
Canadian Chiropractic Research Foundation (CCRF) Research Chair in Knowledge Translation
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000000318834970

carol.cancelliere@ontariotechu.ca

Dr. Carol Cancelliere is appointed at Ontario Tech University as the CCRF Research Chair in Knowledge Translation in the Faculty of Health Sciences. She is the Project Lead for the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative.

Cancelliere completed a Bachelor of Science degree (Honours) at the University of Toronto in 2000, a Doctor of Chiropractic degree at CMCC in 2004, a Master's of Public Health degree at Lakehead University in 2011, and a PhD in 2017 in Clinical Epidemiology at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto and is supervised by  J. David Cassidy (CIHR Doctoral Award 2013-2016).

View Carol Cancelliere's Faculty of Health Sciences profile.


Efrosini Papaconstantinou
RN, PhD
Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ontario Tech University
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9686-8274
efrosini.papaconstantinou@ontariotechu.ca

Dr. Efrosini Papaconstantinou is an Associate Professor at Ontario Tech University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Nursing. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and a Master of Science (Clinical Health Sciences) degree from McMaster University, and a PhD (Nursing Science) from the University of Toronto. Papaconstantinou has distinguished herself as a unique nurse educator and researcher whose research has made important contributions to describing and improving sleep and health outcomes for various populations. Her program of research focuses on three overarching themes: 1) Sleep in Children (with various acute and chronic conditions and Neurodevelopmental disorders [NDD]); 2) Sleep and Mental Health (specifically depressive and anxiety symptomatology); and 3) Sleep and health-related behaviours (e.g., physical activity and eating behaviours). She is one of the very few nurse researchers in Canada to use actigraphy, an objective measure of sleep/wake patterns. She was the recipient of the highly competitive SickKids Foundation Research Fellowship Award and the CIHR Team Research and Training Program: Sleep and Biological Rhythms.

View Efrosini Papaconstantinou's Faculty of Health Sciences profile.


Sheilah Hogg-Johnson
MMath, PhD

Professor and Research Methodologist, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
ORCID ID: ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1744-5036
shoggjohnson@cmcc.ca

Dr. Sheilah Hogg-Johnson completed her Bachelor of Mathematics (Hon Statistics and Computer Science) and Master's of Mathematics (Statistics) at the University of Waterloo a very long time ago, and her PhD in biostatistics at the University of Toronto in 1991.

Hogg-Johnson was a member of the scientific secretariat of the 2000 to 2010 Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain and its Associated Disorders, a large international collaboration aimed at synthesizing the scientific evidence on the problem of neck pain. She has been conducting and collaborating on research in the areas of work and health and musculoskeletal health for more than 25 years. Currently, she is a professor and research methodologist at Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. She loves numbers and likes nothing better than to get her hands on a new dataset to tackle and analyze.

View Sheilah Hogg-Johnson's faculty profile at CMCC; Publications (PubMed)


Poonam Cardoso
BHS (Hons), PMP

CDPR Research Administration Officer
poonam.cardoso@ontariotechu.ca

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.


Gaelan Connell
BHK, MRSc, DC
CDPR Research Associate
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8545-4460
gaelan.connell@ontariotechu.ca

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.

Melissa Corso
BSc, MSc, DC

CDPR Research Associate
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5383-5675

melissa.macmillan@ontariotechu.ca

Dr. Melissa Corso completed her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in 2016, completed the CMCC Sports Sciences Residency Program in 2018 and became a Fellow of the Royal College of Chiropractic Sports Sciences (Canada) (RCCSS(C)) in 2019. Dr. Corso is currently working as a Research Associate at the Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation conducting rapid reviews in collaboration with the College of Chiropractors of British Columbia, and is in private practice. She is also completing a doctoral degree in Health Sciences at Ontario Tech University, with a focus on the research methodology of systematic and rapid reviews.


Heather Shearer
BA (Hons), DC, MSc, FCCS(C)

CDPR Research Associate
Chiropractic Clinical Specialist 
PhD Candidate (University of Toronto)
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8574-4989
heather.shearer@ontariotechu.ca

Dr. Heather Shearer received her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from CMCC in 2004, completed the CMCC Clinical Sciences Residency Program in 2006 and became a Fellow of the College of Chiropractic Sciences (Canada) in 2007. 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 physical and psychological well-being in children and youth with cerebral palsy.


Danielle Southerst
DC, FCCS(C)
CDPR Research Associate
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3355-2824
danielle.annamalai@ontariotechu.ca

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. 


Anne Taylor-Vaisey
BA, MLS

CDPR Research Associate
Adjunct Professor, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9650-0418
anne.taylorvaisey@ontariotechu.ca

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. She served as CMCC’s Reference Librarian from 2001 to 2013. Anne is a past president of the Toronto Health Libraries Association and of the Indexing Society of Canada. Since 2003 she has been on the editorial team of the Index to Chiropractic Literature (ICL), and in 2018 was appointed Editor of ICL. As a Research Associate with the Centre, she developed and executed literature searches for the OPTIMa systematic reviews and guidelines and for many of the Global Spine Care Initiative publications. She continues to work with members of the CDPR team on numerous projects, including the Canadian Chiropractic Guidelines Initiative and the rapid reviews for the College of Chiropractors of British Columbia.


Leslie Verville
BHSc, MHSc

CDPR Research Project Manager
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0430-9828
leslie.verville@ontariotechu.ca

Leslie Verville completed her Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) degree with a specialization in Kinesiology at Ontario Tech University in 2013. This was followed by her Master's of Health Sciences (Community, Public and Population Health specialization) from Ontario Tech in 2018. She 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.


Dan (Demi) Wang
BMEd, MSc, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ontario Tech University
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4804-9578

dan.wang@ontariotechu.ca

Dr. Dan Wang completed her PhD in Public Health from The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK, Hong Kong SAR), with a research specialization in geriatric epidemiology and urban health. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine (Southern Medical University, China) and a Master’s degree in Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CUHK). In order to inform evidence-based prevention and rehabilitation strategies, she has developed research interests in extensively exploring the potential factors contributing to functional wellness, frailty, and disability. Having joined the CDPR team in September 2019, she has primarily worked on 1) a CCRF funded project in understanding health care utilization for musculoskeletal disorders and disability in Canada; 2) a project collaborating with the Cochrane Rehabilitation in systematically identifying potential criteria attributes of outcome reporting in RCTs of rehabilitation interventions.


Jessica Wong
BSc, DC, MPH FCCS(C)

CDPR Research Associate
PhD Candidate (University of Toronto)
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5593-0238
jessica.wong@ontariotechu.ca

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). 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.


Hainan Yu
MBBS, MSc

CDPR Research Project Manager
ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7734-0674
hainan.yu@ontariotechu.ca

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's of Public Health degree with a focus on health promotion and health education at the University of Southampton, England in 2005.  Yu is now working as a Research Project Manager for guideline development activities with the Canadian Chiropractic Guideline Initiative (CCGI) led by Dr. Cancelliere.