Dr. Shikha Saxena
Post-Doctoral Fellow, CHEO Research Institute


  • PhD, McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada
  • Masters in Physiotherapy, Manipal University, India
  • Bachelors in Physiotherapy, Kurukshetra University, India

Research Interests

  • Physical literacy in children with disabilities
  • Knowledge translation and exchange approaches in children with disabilities
  • Using pediatric physical rehabilitation to integrate children with disabilities into community

Mini Biography

Dr. Shikha Saxena obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from India. She then moved to Canada to pursue her PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences at McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Isabelle Gagnon and Dr. Annette Majnemer. Her doctoral thesis was based on evaluating the ability to do concurrent motor-cognitive tasks in young children, which could then be used as a comparator for children with disabilities. She has now joined the Healthy Active Living Lab as a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. Patricia Longmuir and Dr. Keiko-Shikako Thomas. Her main research interests are to improve physical functioning in children with disabilities by using a combination of clinical and knowledge translation approaches. Her current project aims at exploring the perspectives of health and community professionals towards using physical literacy programs for children with disabilities. Outside of research, she enjoys listening music, hiking, playing with her dog and spending time with family and friends.