My research interests focus on promoting the best practice in rehabilitation and care to optimize health outcomes for patients and families through: the application of emerging technologies, engaging in knowledge translation and facilitating evidence integration to practice, and exploring factors that influence patient, family, and clinician motivation and engagement in the care process.


Implementing a collaborative coaching intervention for professionals providing care to children and their families: An exploratory study
Journal of Interprofessional Care
Sandy K. Tatla and Dori Howard and Alda Antunes Silvestre and Stacey Burnes and Meghan Husson and Tal Jarus
DOI: 10.1080/13561820.2017.1336990

Toolbox of multiple-item measures aligning with the ICF Core Sets for children and youth with cerebral palsy
European Journal of Paediatric Neurology
Verónica Schiariti and Sandy Tatla and Karen Sauve and Maureen O'Donnell
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejpn.2016.10.007

Charting the territory: Describing the functional abilities of children with progressive neurological conditions
Research in Developmental Disabilities
Sandy K. Tatla and Liisa Holsti and Gail Stephanie Andrews and Leanne Feichtinger and Rose Steele and Harold Siden
DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2017.10.001

Therapists’ Perceptions of Social Media and Video Game Technologies in Upper Limb Rehabilitation
JMIR Serious Games
Sandy K Tatla and Navid Shirzad and Keith R Lohse and Naznin Virji-Babul and Alison M Hoens and Liisa Holsti and Linda C Li and Kimberly J Miller and Melanie Y Lam and HF Machiel Van der Loos
DOI: 10.2196/games.3401

Perceptions of Technology and Its Use for Therapeutic Application for Individuals With Hemiparesis: Findings From Adult and Pediatric Focus Groups.
JMIR rehabilitation and assistive technologies
Lam MY and Tatla SK and Lohse KR and Shirzad N and Hoens AM and Miller KJ and Holsti L and Virji-Babul N and Van der Loos HFM
DOI: 10.2196/rehab.3484
PubMed: 28582236

The development of the pediatric motivation scale for rehabilitation
Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Tatla, S.K. and Jarus, T. and Virji-Babul, N. and Holsti, L.
DOI: 10.1177/0008417414556884

The effects of motivating interventions on rehabilitation outcomes in children and youth with acquired brain injuries: A systematic review
Brain Injury
Sandy K. Tatla and Karen Sauve and Tal Jarus and Naznin Virji-Babul and Liisa Holsti
DOI: 10.3109/02699052.2014.890747

Virtual Reality Therapy for Adults Post-Stroke: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Exploring Virtual Environments and Commercial Games in Therapy
Keith R. Lohse and Courtney G. E. Hilderman and Katharine L. Cheung and Sandy Tatla and H. F. Machiel Van der Loos
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0093318

Wii-habilitation as balance therapy for children with acquired brain injury
Developmental Neurorehabilitation
Tatla, S.K. and Radomski, A. and Cheung, J. and Maron, M. and Jarus, T.
DOI: 10.3109/17518423.2012.740508

The GestureTek virtual reality system in rehabilitation: A scoping review
Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
Glegg, S.M.N. and Tatla, S.K. and Holsti, L.
DOI: 10.3109/17483107.2013.799236

Evidence for outcomes of motivational rehabilitation interventions for children and adolescents with cerebral palsy: an American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine systematic review
Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology
Sandy K Tatla and Karen Sauve and Naznin Virji-Babul and Liisa Holsti and Charlene Butler and Hendrik F Machiel Van Der Loos
DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.12147

Virtual reality as balance rehabilitation for children with brain injury: A case study
Technology and Disability
Cheung, J. and Maron, M. and Tatla, S. and Jarus, T.
DOI: 10.3233/TAD-130383


FEATHERS: Functional Engagement in Assisted Therapy through Exercise Robotics
FEATHERS is unique collaboration amongst UBC researchers, graduate students in engineering, Physical Therapy, Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, and Kinesiology and therapists and patients/families from two community rehabilitation centers. The objective of FEATHERS is to develop social gaming programs, supported by upper-limb robotics, that will enable and motivate children with cerebral palsy, and older adults after stroke to engage in upper extremity home rehabilitation. The impetus is the mounting evidence that although intensive repetitive therapy is required to stimulate neuroplastic changes in the motor control system most patients do not undertake a sufficient number of repetitions of these tasks in their therapy or home training sessions. The FEATHERS team has completed focus groups, usability testing and is currently trialing this therapeutic approach with participants in the community.

Aquatic Therapy & Pediatric Rehabilitation
Pediatric rehabilitation involves working together with children and families to achieve child specific rehabilitation outcomes. Aquatic therapy is a unique intervention as it is done in an environment that can be familiar, natural, and enjoyable. Limited evidence is available regarding the effectiveness of aquatic therapy for rehabilitation, pointing to the need for research in this area. This qualitative study provides novel information about parents’ perceptions regarding the influence of aquatic therapy on their child's rehabilitation.

Coaching for Parents of Children with Type 1 Diabetes
Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a lifelong condition that requires constant self-management, family support and supervision, ongoing learning, and medical support from a multidisciplinary healthcare team. Coaching is an approach which encourages families to actively engage in behaviour change to improve health and quality of life. This study will compare the effects of frequent telephone coaching for parents of children with T1D with routine care or frequent telephone contact (without coaching) on the following outcomes: 1) the child’s daily care, 2) health related quality of life, 3) diabetes-related family conflict, and 4) blood glucose control.

Honours & Awards

Margaret Hood Leadership Award (2013)

Child & Family Research Institute Graduate Studentship (2012)

Margaret Hood Leadership Award (2012)