Keiko Shikako-Thomas

Academic title(s): 

Assistant Professor

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

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

Current research: 

My research focuses on the promotion of healthy living and participation for children with disabilities. My research program will adopt a participatory methodology to engage different stakeholders, including policymakers, children and their families, in finding solutions to change the environment, inform policymaking and promote participation of children with disabilities in different life roles and activities.

Research Areas: 

childhood disability
knowledge translation

Selected publications: 

Together with Dr. Annette Majnemer we have created a new app JOOAY, which is now active in Québec and in the process of being updated to include 5 Canadian provinces… see my CTV News interview by following this link, and also this article in The Gazette, Montréal from March 2015.

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

Yusuf, A., Shikako-Thomas, K., Elsabbagh, M., & Prasanna, S. Community engagement and knowledge translation: Progress and challenge in autism research Autism (in press). (I.F 3.5)

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

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.