Kelly Russell

Current Positions

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health
Adjunct Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences
Research Scientist, Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba
Research Affiliate, Health, Leisure & Human Performance Research Institute
Co-director, Public Health, Canada North Concussion Network

Research/Academic Focus

Dr. Russell studies sports-related injuries among children.   She is interested in the prevention, management, and outcomes of sport-related concussion, particularly related to physical and psycho-social outcomes after concussion.  Her work also includes identifying risk factors for sport injuries among children and preventing these injuries through health promotion initiatives, protective equipment use, and improving the sports-related built environment.


Post-doctoral Fellowship (Sport-related traumatic brain injuries), St Michael’s Hospital Toronto
PhD (Epidemiology), University of Calgary
MSc (Epidemiology), University of Alberta
BSc (Biological Sciences), University of Alberta

Current Research/Academic Interests

  • Identifying risk factors for and preventing sports injuries among children
  • Return to sport and school post-concussion
  • Mental health outcomes and concussion
  • Work-related concussion

Current publications

Read Dr. Russell’s current publications

1. Ellis MJ, Krisko C, Selci E, RUSSELL K.  The effects of multiple concussions in youth and adolescents athletes.  Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics.  2018:1-8. doi: 10.3171/2017.9.PEDS17392. [Epub ahead of print]

2. Cordingley D, Girardin R, Morissette M, Leiter J, Reimer K, RUSSELL K, Ellis MJ.  Graded aerobic exercise testing in pediatric moderate and severe traumatic brain injury: a case series.  Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. 2017; 29:1-8.    

3. RUSSELL K, Selci E, Chu S, Fineblit S, Ritchie L, Ellis MJ.  Longitudinal assessment of health-related quality of life following adolescent sports-related concussion.  Journal of Neurotrauma.  2017; 34(13):2147-2153.   

4. Ellis MJ, Ritchie L, Cordingley D, Reimer K, McDonald P, Nijjar S, Koltek M, Hosian S, Johnston J, Mansouri B, Sawyer S, Silver N, Girardin R, Larkin S, Vis S, Selci E, Davidson M, Gregoire S, Sam A, Black B, Bunge M, Essig M, MacDonald P, Leiter J, RUSSELL K.  Multidisciplinary management of pediatric sports-related concussion.  Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences.  2017; 44(1):24-34. 

5. RUSSELL K, Ellis MJ, Bauman S, Tator CH.  Legislation for youth sport concussion in Canada: review, conceptual framework and recommendations.  Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. 2017; 44(3):225-234.

6. RUSSELL K, Hutchison M, Selci E, Leiter J, Ellis MJ.  Academic outcomes in high-school students after a concussion: a retrospective population-based analysis. PlosOne.  2016; 11(10):e0165116.

7. RUSSELL K, Davison C, King N, Pike I, Pickett W.  Understanding clusters of risk factors across different environmental and social contexts for the prediction of injuries among Canadian youth.  Injury.  2016; 47(5):1143-50. 

8. Topolovec-Vranic J, Zhang S, Wong H, Lam E, Jing R, RUSSELL K, Cusimano M.  Recognizing the symptoms of mental illness following concussions in the sports community: A need for improvement.  PlosONE. 2015; 10(11):e0141699. 

9. Ellis MJ, Ritchie L, Kolteck M, Hosain S, Cordingley D, Chu S, Selci E, Leiter J, RUSSELL K.  Psychiatric outcomes after pediatric sports-related concussion.  Journal of Neurosurgery Pediatrics.  2015; 16(6):709-18.

10. RUSSELL K, Meeuwisse W, Nettel-Aguirre A, Emery CA, Wishart J, Romanow N, Rowe BH, Goulet C, Hagel BE.  Feature-specific terrain park-injury rates and risk factors in snowboarders: a case-control study.  British Journal of Sports Medicine. 2014; 48(1):23-8.

Awards & Honours

Nomination for CIHR Gold Leaf Award for Impact for CIHR Team Grant: Strategic Teams in Applied Injury Research – Child and Youth (2016)
CBC Top 40 Under 40 Manitobans Nominee (2016)
University of Manitoba Rh Award (awarded for Outstanding Contributions to Scholarship and Research) for Rady Faculty of Health Sciences (2016)
Governor General of Canada Gold Medal Award Nominee for top PhD thesis (2011)
Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (Alberta Innovative Health Solutions) Doctoral Studentship (2009)


Kelly F. Russell


Office Phone: 204-480-1312

Mailing address
Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba
656-715 McDermont Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3E 3P4