• Kelly Russell headshot
  • Associate professor 

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Pediatrics and Child Health
    Room 656A - 715 McDermot Avenue
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 3P4

    Phone: 204-480-1312
    Fax: 204-977-5691


    • Associate professor, community health sciences, Max Rady College of Medicine

    Research summary

    Dr. Kelly Russell’s research focuses on pediatric injuries, with a particular interest in pediatric concussion injuries. This includes understanding the risk factors for prolonged recovery following a pediatric concussion, interventions and multi-disciplinary management to improve concussion recovery, and access to timely care through telemedicine to improve outcomes among those living in Northern communities. She is also interested in understanding the health-care needs of Indigenous youth who sustain a concussion. She is conducting studies to examine mental health and health-related quality of life during concussion recovery in youth.

    Research themes 

    • Neurodevelopmental and rehabilitation research in child health

    Research interests

    • Injury prevention
    • Risk factors for injuries
    • Clinical outcomes following concussion
    • Telemedicine for concussion care

    Research affiliations

    Research scientist, Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba (CHRIM)
    Co-director, Excellence in Neurodevelopment and Rehabilitation Research in Child Health (ENRRICH) Theme


    • Concussions and traumatic brain injuries
    • Evidence-based medicine
    • Indigenous youth
    • Injury prevention
    • Mental health
    • Pediatric injuries
    • Sport-related injuries
    • Telemedicine


    Dr. Kelly Russell is an associate professor at the Max Rady College of Medicine and holds a cross-appointment in community health sciences. She completed her PhD in epidemiology at the University of Calgary and a post-doctoral fellowship in sport-related traumatic brain injuries at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. Since arriving at University of Manitoba in 2012, she has developed a research program in sport-related injuries. She is the co-lead of the Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba’s newest theme – Excellence in Neurodevelopment and Rehabilitation Research in Child Health (ENRRICH). The goal of ENRRICH is to inspire and facilitate new research collaborations, partnerships and training programs, and generate new research and knowledge translation methods to improve the quality of life for Manitoba children requiring neurodevelopmental and rehabilitations services. She currently holds the Robert Wallace Cameron Chair in Evidence Based Medicine. Her research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Research Manitoba and the National Football League Scientific Advisory Board.


    • Post-doctoral Fellow (Sport-Related Traumatic Brain Injury), St. Michael’s Hospital (2012)
    • Doctorate of Philosophy (Epidemiology), University of Calgary (2011)
    • Master of Science (Epidemiology), University of Alberta (2006)
    • Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences), University of Alberta (2000)


    • Endowed Robert Wallace Cameron Chair in Evidence Based Medicine (2019-2024)
    • University of Manitoba Rh Award (2016)


    Contact us

    Pediatrics and Child Health
    CE-208 Children's Hospital, Health Sciences Centre
    840 Sherbrook Street
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, MB R3A 1S1 Canada