Carrie Esopenko

Dr. Carrie Esopenko, PhD

Research Focus


My research focus is on the study of traumatic brain injury and brain health during aging. Specifically, using a comprehensive battery of behavioural and neuropsychological measures, as well as state-of-the-art neuroimaging techniques, to examine how mild traumatic brain injury affects neurocognitive processing in retired professional athletes. Another area of my research interest is in the assessment of language function in healthy and patient populations. This includes examining deficits in the processing of embodied, or action-related, language and the role of the human mirror neuron system, language deficits due to stroke and other acquired brain injuries, and how cognitive rehabilitation strategies can be used to improve functioning in brain injury and neurodegenerative disease. 


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

Professional Affiliations

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

Distinctions and Awards

  • 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

Curriculum Vitae


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