Brodie Sakakibara

Assistant Professor

Research Classification

Research Interests

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Physical Activity
Physical Rehabilitation
Spinal cord injury
Stroke Rehabilitation
Chronic disease self-management and prevention
Telehealth in people with stroke and cardiovascular disease
Complex behavioural intervention development
Clinical trial methodologies
Participatory and patient-oriented research

Relevant Thesis-Based Degree Programs

Affiliations to Research Centres, Institutes & Clusters

Research Options

I am available and interested in collaborations (e.g. clusters, grants).
I am interested in and conduct interdisciplinary research.
I am interested in working with undergraduate students on research projects.

Research Methodology

intervention development
clinical trials
activity monitoring


Master's students
Doctoral students
Any time / year round

Chronic disease management


Stroke recovery

Chronic care

I am interested in supervising students to conduct interdisciplinary research.

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Theses completed in 2010 or later are listed below. Please note that there is a 6-12 month delay to add the latest theses.

Telerehabilitation for lower extremity recovery post-stroke (2022)

BACKGROUNDApproximately 30% of stroke survivors report unmet lower extremity (LE) recovery needs after returning to community living. Telerehabilitation can be used to mitigate issues surrounding accessibility and provide ongoing support, however, evidence in this area is limited. The overall purpose of this thesis is to develop a better understanding of telerehabilitation for LE recovery post-stroke. OBJECTIVESChapter 2: To describe telerehabilitation interventions for LE recovery following stroke; and to quantitatively assess their effects on LE recovery.Chapter 3: To determine the feasibility of TRAIL among individuals with stroke, including estimating the effects of TRAIL on clinical outcomes.METHODSChapter 2: All interventional studies investigating telerehabilitation for LE recovery post-stroke were included from MEDLINE, EMBASE, PSYCInfo, and Cochrane. Quality was assessed for all included studies. RCTs were meta-analyzed using RevMan 5.4. GRADE was performed for each outcome.Chapter 3: 32 individuals were recruited in this single group pre-post study. Feasibility outcomes were treated as binary outcomes based on pre-defined indicators. Clinical outcomes (TUG, FMA-Tele, 30s S2S, ABC, SIS, FR, TS and GAS) were analyzed using Wilcoxon signed-rank test for statistically significant differences (p
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Understanding chronic disease management in older adults during the COVID-19 pandemic (2021)

Background Chronic diseases are prevalent in Canada’s aging population, creating importance for older adults (age ≥65 years) to practice positive health behaviours (e.g., physical activity, healthy diet) for chronic disease management. However, novel coronavirus (COVID-19) prevention strategies of quarantining, social isolation, and physical distancing may compromise one's ability to manage health and thus, increase risk of adverse health events.Purpose To develop an understanding of chronic disease management in community-living older adults (age ≥65 years) during the COVID-19 pandemic. This included quantitatively evaluating a student-led Community Outreach teleheAlth program for Covid education and Health promotion (COACH) (Chapter 2), and qualitatively exploring the management strategies of older adults during COVID-19 and COACH participation (Chapter 3). Methods Chapter 2: In a single-group, pre-post study (n = 75), multiple paired sample t-tests were used to examine COACH’s effects on: (1) health directed behaviour (primary outcome); (2) perceived depression, anxiety, and stress; (3) social support; (4) health-related quality of life; (5) health promotion self-efficacy; and (6) self-management indicators.Chapter 3: A subset of COACH participants (n = 24) participated in semi-structured interviews. Interpretive description was the guiding methodological framework, and thematic analysis was performed to categorize the data.Results Chapter 2: Participants’ mean age was 72.4 years (59% female), with 80% reporting two or more chronic conditions. There were significant improvements in health directed behaviour (p
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