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Carol DeMatteo, MSc, DipP&OT

Associate Member of ARiEAL

Professor Emeritus, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University
Scientist, CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, McMaster University

Institute for Applied Health Sciences, Room 433, McMaster University
1400 Main Street West


Office Phone: (905) 525-9140 x27805



Carol DeMatteo has a dual background as an occupational therapist and physiotherapist and is a Professor in the School of Rehabilitation Science at McMaster University. Professor DeMatteo specializes in childhood neurotrauma, specifically acquired brain injury including concussion, and acts as a Scientist for the CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research at McMaster and a co-chair for the Quality Standards Committee on Concussion Standards for Health Quality Ontario.

As a clinician scientist, Carol DeMatteo had led many research projects and is consistently invited to participate in research collaborations, scientific meetings and presentations, provincially, nationally and internationally. In 2012, building on previous longitudinal studies in pediatric brain injury, she led her team to develop what has become a care changing initiative of pediatric-specific Return to Activity and Return to School Guidelines and many other educational materials as part of a Knowledge Translation Strategy and Community Education program for children/youth with concussion. These guidelines have now been translated into French, Norwegian and Swedish and implemented in other countries as well as Canada. They are now part of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation Pediatric mTBI Guidelines, and are used regularly in some Ontario emergency departments, sports clinics, public health education and family health teams.

Representative Publications

DeMatteo, C. A., Lin, C.-Y. A., Foster, G., Giglia, L., Thabane, L., Claridge, E., … Connolly, J. F. (2019). Evaluating Adherence to Return to School and Activity Protocols in Children After Concussion. Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine, Publish Ahead of Print (00).

DeMatteo, C.A., Randall, S., Falla, K., Lin, C.-Y. A., Giglia, L., Mazurek, M. F., & Koelink, E. (2019). Concussion management for children has changed: New pediatric protocols using the latest evidence. Clinical Pediatrics, 59(1), 5-20.

DeMatteo, C. A., Randall, S., Lin, C.-Y. A., & Claridge, E. A. (2019). What Comes First: Return to School or Return to Activity for Youth After Concussion? Maybe We Don’t Have to Choose. Frontiers in Neurology, 10(July), 792.

DeMatteo, C., Stazyk, K., Giglia, L., Mahoney, W., Singh, S., Hollenberg, R., et al. (2015). A balanced protocol for return to school for children and youth following concussive injury. Clinical Pediatrics54(8), 783–792. 

DeMatteo, C., Mccauley, D., Stazyk, K., Harper, J., Adamich, J., Randall, S., & Missiuna, C. (2015). Disability and Rehabilitation Post-concussion return to play and return to school guidelines for children and youth: a scoping methodology Post-concussion return to play and return to school guidelines for children and youth: a scoping methodology. Disability and Rehabilitation37(12), 1107–1112. 

DeMatteo, C., Stazyk, K., Singh, S. K., Giglia, L., Hollenberg, R., Malcolmson, C. H., et al. (2015). Development of a conservative protocol to return children and youth to activity following concussive injury. Clinical Pediatrics54(2), 152–63.  

DeMatteo, C., Volterman, K. A., Breithaupt, P. G., Claridge, E. A., Adamich, J., & Timmons, B. W. (2015). Exertion testing in youth with mild traumatic brain injury/concussion. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise47(11), 2283–2290.  

DeMatteo, C. A, Hanna, S. E., Yousefi-Nooraie, R., Lin, C.-Y. A, Mahoney, W. J., Law, M. C., & McCauley, D. (2014). Quality-of-life after brain injury in childhood: time, not severity, is the significant factor. Brain Injury28(1), 114–21. 

DeMatteo, C., Greenspoon, D., Levac, D., Harper, J. A., & Rubinoff, M. (2014). Evaluating the Nintendo Wii for Assessing Return to Activity Readiness in Youth with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics34(3), 229–244. 

DeMatteo, C. A., Hanna, S. E., Mahoney, W. J., Hollenberg, R. D., Scott, L. A., Law, M. C., Newman, A., Lin, C.-Y. A., & Xu, L. (2010). “My Child Doesn’t Have a Brain Injury, He Only Has a Concussion.” Pediatrics125(2), 327–334.