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Denise Keiko Shikako Thomas

Keiko Shikako Thomas,  PhD

Collaborating Investigator: BRILLIANT

Keiko Shikako Thomas,  PhD

Keiko Shikako-Thomas’s research focuses on the promotion of healthy living and the human rights of children with disabilities AND knowledge translation science and practice. Her 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 projects that Dr. Shikako-Thomas is 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


Biomedical Research and Informatics Living Laboratory
for Innovative Advances of New Technologies

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