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Exploring Persistent Concussion, Anxiety, Neuropsychology, and Neuroimaging in Youth


The research team at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital is conducting a study to understand the differences and similarities in psychological outcomes between youth with persistent concussion symptoms and youth with anxiety. This will help researchers improve treatments for youth with these conditions.

Call to action

We are looking for youth experiencing persistent concussion symptoms as well as youth diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

Who can participate

Youth criteria include (1) a diagnosis of concussion (experiencing symptoms for more than four weeks) or (2) a diagnosis of anxiety disorder. Youth age must be between 12-18 years old.

Funding agency

Centre for Leadership in Innovation at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

What's involved

Youth participation will take about five hours in total. Participants will be asked to complete a Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Also, participants may be asked to complete a Magnetoencephalography scan at Sick Kids Hospital. Lastly, participants will complete five questionnaires related to memory, concussion and anxiety symptoms, emotions and behavior. Caregivers will also be required to fill out two parent-report forms and therefore also must be able to provide consent.


Participants will receive a gift card to thank them for their time. Parking, volunteer hours or TTC tokens can be given.


Interested in participating

If you are interested in participating in this study or have additional questions, please contact Elena Sheldrake or 416-425-6220, and she will get back to you shortly. Contacting us does not obligate you or your child to participate in the study.

Learn more about this study