null Keiko Shikako, OT, PhD

Investigator, RI-MUHC

Child Health and Human Development Program

Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation

Associate Professor, School of Physical and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, McGill University



childhood disability • knowledge translation • community participation • human rights • public policy

Research Focus

My research focuses on fostering healthy living and championing the human rights of children with disabilities, my research endeavours centre on knowledge translation science and practice. Utilizing a participatory approach, I engage diverse stakeholders, including policymakers, children, and their families, to collaboratively address challenges and enact meaningful change. Through my research program, I strive to reshape environments, inform policymaking, and empower the active participation of children with disabilities across various life domains and activities.

Research initiatives
JOOAY: Connecting children & youth with disabilities to leisure
Childhood disability LINK

Selected Publications

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  • Shikako K, Lencucha R, Hunt M, Jodoin S, Elsabbagh M, Hudon A, Cogburn D, Chandra A, Gignac-Eddy A, Ananthamoorthy N, Martens R. How Did Governments Address the Needs of People With Disabilities During the COVID-19 Pandemic? An Analysis of 14 Countries' Policies Based on the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities. Int J Health Policy Manag. 2023;12:7111. doi: 10.34172/ijhpm.2023.7111. Epub 2023 May 17. PMID: 37579394.

  • Shikako K, Mogo ERI, Grand-Maison V, Simpson R, Pritchard-Wiart L, Majnemer A; Jooay App Research Group. Designing User-Centered Mobile Health Initiatives to Promote Healthy Behaviors for Children With Disabilities: Development and Usability Study. JMIR Form Res. 2021 Sep 16;5(9):e23877. doi: 10.2196/23877. PMID: 34528886.

  • Shikako-Thomas K, Shevell M. Promoting the Human Rights of Children With Neurologic Conditions. Semin Pediatr Neurol. 2018 Oct;27:53-61. doi: 10.1016/j.spen.2018.03.007. Epub 2018 Mar 23. PMID: 30293590.

  • Shikako K, Lencucha R, Hunt M, Jodoin-Pilon S, Chandra A, Katalifos A, Gonzalez M, Yamaguchi S, Cardoso R, Elsabbagh M, Hudon A, Martens R, Cogburn D, Seth A, Currie G, Roth C, Finlay B, Zwicker J. Children with Disabilities in Canada during the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Analysis of COVID-19 Policies through a Disability Rights Lens. Children (Basel). 2023 May 26;10(6):942. doi: 10.3390/children10060942. PMID: 37371173.

  • Shikako-Thomas K, Majnemer A, Law M, Lach L. Determinants of participation in leisure activities in children and youth with cerebral palsy: systematic review. Phys Occup Ther Pediatr. 2008 May;28(2):155-69. doi: 10.1080/01942630802031834. PMID: 18846895.