Overview

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.

Publications

Implementing a collaborative coaching intervention for professionals providing care to children and their families: An exploratory study
Journal of Interprofessional Care
Sandy K. Tatla, Dori Howard, Alda Antunes Silvestre, Stacey Burnes, Meghan Husson, Tal Jarus
DOI: 10.1080/13561820.2017.1336990
09/2017

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, Sandy Tatla, Karen Sauve, Maureen O'Donnell
DOI: 10.1016/j.ejpn.2016.10.007
03/2017

Charting the territory: Describing the functional abilities of children with progressive neurological conditions
Research in Developmental Disabilities
Sandy K. Tatla, Liisa Holsti, Gail Stephanie Andrews, Leanne Feichtinger, Rose Steele, Harold Siden
DOI: 10.1016/j.ridd.2017.10.001
2017

Therapists’ Perceptions of Social Media and Video Game Technologies in Upper Limb Rehabilitation
JMIR Serious Games
Sandy K Tatla, Navid Shirzad, Keith R Lohse, Naznin Virji-Babul, Alison M Hoens, Liisa Holsti, Linda C Li, Kimberly J Miller, Melanie Y Lam, HF Machiel Van der Loos
DOI: 10.2196/games.3401
03/2015

The development of the Pediatric Motivation Scale for rehabilitationLe développement de la « Pediatric Motivation Scale » en réhabilitation
Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Sandy K. Tatla, Tal Jarus, Naznin Virji-Babul, Liisa Holsti
DOI: 10.1177/0008417414556884
11/2014

The effects of motivating interventions on rehabilitation outcomes in children and youth with acquired brain injuries: A systematic review
Brain Injury
Sandy K. Tatla, Karen Sauve, Tal Jarus, Naznin Virji-Babul, Liisa Holsti
DOI: 10.3109/02699052.2014.890747
03/2014

Virtual Reality Therapy for Adults Post-Stroke: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis Exploring Virtual Environments and Commercial Games in Therapy
PLoS ONE
Keith R. Lohse, Courtney G. E. Hilderman, Katharine L. Cheung, Sandy Tatla, H. F. Machiel Van der Loos
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0093318
03/2014

The GestureTek virtual reality system in rehabilitation: a scoping review
Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology
Stephanie M. N. Glegg, Sandy K. Tatla, Liisa Holsti
DOI: 10.3109/17483107.2013.799236
05/2013

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, Karen Sauve, Naznin Virji-Babul, Liisa Holsti, Charlene Butler, Hendrik F Machiel Van Der Loos
DOI: 10.1111/dmcn.12147
03/2013

Wii-habilitation as balance therapy for children with acquired brain injury
Developmental Neurorehabilitation
Sandy K. Tatla, Anna Radomski, Jessica Cheung, Melissa Maron, Tal Jarus
DOI: 10.3109/17518423.2012.740508
2012

Research

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)