Denise Keiko Shikako, erg., Ph.D.

Assistant professor, Occupational therapy program, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, McGill University
Researcher, CRIR–Lethbridge-Layton-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre, Mackay Site, CIUSSS West-Central Montreal.
Canada Research Chair in Childhood Disabilities: Participation and Knowledge translation.

Phone: 514 488-5552 (1141)

Fax: 514 482-0487



  • B.Sc., Occupational therapy, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brésil
  • Ph.D. (Fast-tracked), Rehabilitation Science, McGill University, 2012
  • Postdoctorate, Health Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton ON, 2014
  • Postdoctorate, Environnemental design, Université de Montréal, 2015

Research interests

Knowledge tranfer; childhood disabilities; participation;policy making.

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Research Laboratory

Participation and Knowledge Translation in Childhood Disabilities (PAR-KT) Lab

Selected publications

Gonzalez, M., Phoenix, M., Saxena, S., Cardoso, R., Canac-Marquis, M., Hales, L., . . . Shikako-Thomas, K. (In press 2020 (Online ahead of print)). Strategies used to engage hard-to-reach populations in childhood disability research: A scoping review. Disability and Rehabilitation. [doi]

Cogburn, D., Shikako-Thomas, K. & Lai, J. (2020) Using computational text mining to understand public priorities for disability policy towards children in Canadian national consultations. In Proceedings of the 53rd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences 2020 Jan 7. [doi] OPEN ACCESS

Mogo, E.R.I., Lai, J. & Shikako-Thomas, K. (2020). Shaping research to create more social impact. Stanford Social Innovation Review. [https]

Saxena, S., Mitchell, J., Ehsan, A., Majnemer, A. & Shikako-Thomas, K. (2020). Online peer mentorship programmes for children and adolescents with neurodevelopmental disabilities: A systematic review. Child: Care, Health and Development, 46(1), 132-148. [doi]

Saxena, S. & Shikako-Thomas, K. (2020). Physical literacy programs for children with disabilities: A realist review. Leisure/Loisir, 44(2), 199-224. [doi]



Research orientation

Axis 2: Participation, Social Inclusion and Rehabilitation Services

Research topic

Theme 2: Services, Systems and Policies

Research Site

CRIR – Lethbridge-Layton-Mackay Rehabilitation Centre (Layton-Mackay Site), CIUSSS West-Central Montreal

University Affiliation