Keiko Shikako

Canada Research Chair in Childhood Disability:Participation and Knowledge Translation
Academic title(s): 

Associate Professor

Keiko Shikako
Contact Information

Building: Davis House

Mailing Address: 3654 prom Sir-William-Osler, Montréal, Québec H3G 1Y5

(514) 398-4400 ext 0802
Fax number: 
(514) 398-6360
Email address: 
keiko.thomas [at]
Assistant Professor - OT program, Associate Member - Institute of Health and Social Policy, Associate Member - Department of Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics, MUHC-RI

BSc OT, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; PhD, Rehabilitation Science McGill
University, Canada; Postdoctorate Knowledge Translation in policymaking for children with
disabilities, McMaster University and Knowledge Translation in policymaking in
Environmental Design and Accessibility, Université de Montréal.

Teaching areas: 

Occupational Solutions I - Pediatric Neurologic Conditions

Occupational Solutions II - Policies supporting the participation of children with disabilities

Knowledge Translation in Rehabilitation - Knowledge Translation to policymaking

Current research: 

My research focuses on the promotion of healthy living and the human rights of children with disabilities AND knowledge translation science and practice. My research program adopts a participatory approach to engage different stakeholders, including policymakers, children and their families in finding solutions to change the environment, informing policymaking and promoting the participation of children with disabilities in different life roles and activities.

Current research projects include:

  • The  Jooay App (
  • The Knowledge Translation program at the CHILD-BRIGHT SPOR (
  • The PLAY project - creating inclusive playgrounds and measuring human rights indicators through the right to play
  • The childhood disability communication Hub: Policy Dialogue series in Childhood disabilities

Knowledge Translation Initiatives and projets that I am currently leading/involved in include:

  • The Policy Hub in Childhood Disabilities
  • The childhood disability LINK website (
  • The Knowledge Translation Innovation Incubator
  • Canadian Civil Society Organizations reporting on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and on the Rights of the Child

Research Areas: 

childhood disability
knowledge translation

Selected publications: 

Shikako-Thomas K, Shevell M. (2018). Promoting the Human Rights of Children With Neurologic Conditions.Semin Pediatr Neurol. 2018 Oct;27:53-61.

Longo E, Galvão ÉRVP, Ferreira HNC, Lindquist ARR, Shikako-Thomas K. (2018). Knowledge translation in pediatric rehabilitation: expanding access to scientific knowledge.Braz J Phys Ther. 2017 Nov - Dec;21(6):389-390. 

Moore JL, Shikako-Thomas K, Backus D. Knowledge Translation in Rehabilitation: A Shared Vision. Pediatr Phys Ther. 2017 Jul;29 Suppl 3:S64-S72

Shikako-Thomas, K., & Law, M. (2015). A policy mapping of policies supporting participation of children with disabilities in Canada: From policy to play. Disability & Society , 30(3).

Yusuf, A., Shikako-Thomas, K., Elsabbagh, M., & Prasanna, S.(2014). Community engagement and knowledge translation: Progress and challenge in autism research Autism, 18(7).

Camdem, C., Shikako-Thomas, K., Nguyen, T., Russel, D., Thomas, A., & Morris, C. (2015). Perspectives in integrated knowledge translation (IKT): A scoping review. Disability and Rehabilitation. 

Shikako-Thomas, K., Kolehmainen, N., Ketelaar, M., Bult, M., & Law, M. (2014). Promoting leisure participation as part of health and well-being in children and youth with cerebral palsy. Journal of Child Neurology, 5;29(8):1125-1133. doi:10.1177/0883073814533422 (IF 1.6)

Shikako-Thomas K., Shevell M., Lach L., Law M., Schmitz N., Poulin C., Majnemer A., & the QUALA group. (2013). Are you doing what you want do do? Leisure preferences of adolescents with cerebral palsy. Developmental Neurorehabilitation. [Epub ahead of print] (IF: 1.861)

Shikako-Thomas K., Bogossian A., Lach L., Shevell M., & Majnemer A. (2013). Parents’ perspectives of the quality of life of adolescents with cerebral palsy: Trajectories, choices and hope. Disability and Rehabilitation, 35(25):2113-22.

Majnemer A., Shikako-Thomas K., Lach L., Shevell M., Law M., Schmitz N., Poulin C., & the QUALA group. (2013). Mastery motivation in adolescents with cerebral palsy. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34(10):3384-92

Majnemer A., Shikako-Thomas K., Shevell M., Poulin C., Lach L., Schmitz N., Law M., & the QUALA group. (2013). Pursuit of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatments in adolescents with cerebral palsy. Journal of Child Neurology, 28:1443-1447.

Shikako-Thomas K., Shevell M., Lach L., Law M., Schmitz N., Poulin C., Majnemer A., & the QUALA group. (2013). Determinants of participation in leisure activities among adolescents with cerebral palsy. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 7;34(9):2621-2634.

Shikako-Thomas K., Shevell M., Lach L., Law M., Schmitz N., Poulin C., Majnemer A., & the QUALA group (2013). Picture me playing – A portrait of participation and enjoyment of leisure activities in adolescents with cerebral palsy. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34(3):1001-10.

Majnemer, A., Shikako-Thomas, K., Shevell, M., Poulin, C., Lach, L. Law, M. Schmitz, N., & the QUALA group (2013). The relationship between manual ability and ambulation in youth with cerebral palsy. Physical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 33(2): 243-52.

Majnemer A., Shikako-Thomas K., Lach L., Shevell M., Law M., Schmitz N., Poulin C., & the QUALA group (2013). Rehabilitation service utilization in children and youth with cerebral palsy. Child: Care, Health and Development, 40(2):275-82.

Brossard-Racine, M., Waknin, J., Shikako-Thomas, K., Shevell, M., Poulin,, C., Lach, L. Law, M., Schmitz, N., Majnemer, A., & the QUALA group (2013). Behavioral difficulties in adolescents with Cerebral Palsy. Journal of Child Neurology, 28 (1): 27-33.

MacDonald, S. Sharpe, H., Shikako-Thomas, K., Larsen, B., MacKay, L. (2013). Entering uncharted waters: Navigating the Transition from Trainee to career for the non-physician clinician-scientist. Academic Medicine 88 (1): 61-66.

Shikako-Thomas. K., Dahan, N., Shevell, M., Law, M., Birnbaum, R., Rosenbaum, P., Poulin, C., & Majnemer, A. (2012). Play and be happy? – Quality of life and participation in school-aged children with cerebral palsy. International Journal of Pediatrics, ID387280. Doi:10.1155/2012/387280.

Dahan-Oliel, N., Shikako-Thomas, K., & Majnemer, A. (2012). Quality of life and leisure participation in children with neurodevelopmental disabilities: A thematic analysis of the literature. Quality of Life Research, 21(3):427–39.

Majnemer, A., Shikako-Thomas, K., Chokron, N.,Law, M.,Shevell, M., Poulin, C., & Rosenbaum, P. (2010). Leisure activity preferences for children with cerebral palsy. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 52(2):115-6.

Shikako-Thomas, K., Lach, L., Majnemer, A., Nimignon, J., Cameron, K., Shevell M.(2009). Quality of life from the perspective of adolescents with cerebral palsy: ‘‘I just think I’m a normal kid, I just happen to have a disability”. Quality of Life Research, (18):825–832.

Shikako-Thomas, K., Majnemer, A., Law, M., & Lach, L. (2008). Determinants of participation in leisure activities in children and youth with cerebral palsy: Systematic review. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 28(2):155–169.

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