Carrie Esopenko

Dr. Carrie Esopenko, PhD

Research Focus

My research focuses on better understanding the long term effects of concussions in retired professional athletes, with the goal being to develop neuroimaging biomarkers that can help to identify impairments in athletes who have experienced repetitive concussions. To do this, I am using a comprehensive battery of cognitive, behavioral and neuropsychological measures, as well as state-of-the-art neuroimaging techniques, to examine how repetitive concussions in sport affect neurocognitive processing during aging.

Education

  • 2011: PhD., Psychology, University of Saskatchewan Saskatoon, SK
  • 2006: Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Calgary Calgary, AB

Professional Affiliations

  • 2013–2015: Collaborating Consultant and Blog Contributor, Concussion Management of New York
  • 2013–2014: Member, International Brain Injury Association
  • 2012–2014: Member, North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity
  • 2007–Present: Member, Cognitive Neuroscience Society
  • 2014–Present: North American Brain Injury Society, Member
  • 2014–Present: Organizer/Advisor, Concussion Support Program, Brain Injury Society of Toronto

Distinctions and Awards

  • 2015: Charles W. Haynes Pay It Forward Brain Injury Fellowship, North American Brain Injury Society, $1,000
  • 2013: Early Researcher Award, Ontario Research Coalition , $2,658
  • 2012: Certificate of Excellence for Doctoral Thesis, Canadian Psychological Association
  • 2012: Postdoctoral Fellowship, Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, $81,000
  • 2008: Canadian Graduate Scholarship: Doctoral, NSERC, $105,000
  • 2007: Dean's PhD Scholarship, U of S College of Graduate Studies and Research, $20,000
  • 2006: Graduate Teaching Fellowship, University of Saskatchewan Psychology Department, $16,000

Research Projects

External

  • 2014–2019: Assessing the Effects of Remote Traumatic Brain Injury on Brain Aging
    Collaborators: Levine, B., Chow, T.C., Esopenko, C., Hazrati, L., Kennedy, J., McIntosh, R., Mueller, D., & Strother, S.

    Sponsors: CIHR, 745,484 (CAD)

    Research Grant
  • 2013–2014: Neurodegenerative Disease in Former Athletes with Traumatic Brain Injury
    Collaborators: Levine, B., Chow, T.C., Esopenko, C., McIntosh, R., Strother, S.

    Sponsors: CIHR, 50,000 (CAD)

  • 2013–2014: Neurodegenerative Disease in Former Athletes with Traumatic Brain Injury
    Collaborators: Levine, B., Chow, T.C., Esopenko, C., McIntosh, R., Strother, S.

    Sponsors: Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, 50,000 (CAD)

Curriculum Vitae

Contact

Room 930
Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest
3560 Bathurst Street
Toronto, On Phone: 416-785-2500 x. 3068 Email: cesopenko@research.baycrest.org