Brodie Sakakibara, PhD

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Assistant Professor

phone: 250–807–8505



I completed my doctoral training in the UBC Graduate Program in Rehabilitation Sciences focusing on theoretical bases of behaviour change in individuals with mobility disability and contemporary measurement methods (i.e., Rasch analyses and Item Response Theory). Upon completing my PhD in 2013, I pursued postdoctoral training in the Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU, and Department of Physical Therapy, UBC. In this work, I focused on chronic disease self-management and telehealth in people with stroke and cardiovascular disease, intervention development, and clinical trial methodologies.

I am currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. I am also a research scientist with the Chronic Disease Prevention Program, and I am based out of the Southern Medical Program at UBC Okanagan. Prior to entering academia, I attended the British Columbia Institute of Technology for international trade and transportation logistics. I then worked for several years improving policy and operating environments, and stakeholder relations in the trade and transportation industries.


  • Chronic disease self-management and prevention, with a particular interest in the secondary prevention of stroke, cardiovascular disease, and multimorbidity.
  • Telehealth, with a particular interest in the delivery of chronic care health services and supports using accessible technologies
  • Measurement of chronic disease self-management and prevention outcomes
  • Complex behavioural intervention development and clinical trial methodologies
  • Participatory and patient-oriented research


  • Theories of behaviour change
  • Chronic disease management and prevention
  • Research methodologies

Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Opportunities

I am looking for MSc and PhD students who are interested in improving the health and well-being of people with stroke and cardiovascular disease. Please contact me if you would like to discuss graduate-level training opportunities. Also, visit the following graduate program websites for more information:



  • Pilot and Feasibility Studies
  • British Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Spinal Cord
  • Physical Therapy Journal
  • BMC Trials
  • Assistive Technology
  • Quality of Life Research
  • Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


  • Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery
  • BC Stroke Network
  • BC Alliance on Telehealth Policy and Research

Select Publications

*link to articles provided when possible*

Bird ML, Eng JJ, Sakakibara BM. Predicting interest to use mobile-device telerehabiltation (mRehab) by baby-boomers with stroke. AIMS Medical Science 2018;(in-press).

Parappilly BP, Field TS, Mortenson WB, Sakakibara BM, Eng JJ. Effectiveness of interventions involving nurses in the secondary prevention of stroke: A systematic review and meta-analysis. European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing 2018; (in-press).

Fowokan AO, Sakakibara BM, Guler N, Puthakee Z, Waddell C, Rosin M, Lear SA. Predictors of elevated blood pressure in children and adolescents: A systematic review. Clinical Obesity 2018; 8(5): 366-381.

Obembe AO, Goldsmith CH, Simpson LA, Sakakibara BM, Eng JJ. Support service utilization and out-of-pocket payments for health services in a population-based sample of adults with neurological conditions. PLoS One  2018; 13(2): e0192911.

Sakakibara BM, Miller WC, Rushton PW, Miller Polgar J. Rasch analyses of the Wheelchair Use Confidence Scale for power wheelchair users. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2018; 99(1); 17-25.

Sakakibara BM, Eng JJ, Barr SI, Benavente O, Goldsmith CH, Silverberg ND, Yao J, Lear SA. A telehealth intervention to promote healthy lifestyles after stroke: The Stroke Coach protocol. International Journal of Stroke 2018; 13(2): 217-222.

Ross E, Sakakibara BM, Mackay M, Whitehurst GT, Singer J, Toma M, Corbett K, Van Spall H, Rutherford K, Gheorghiu B, Code J, Lear SA. The use of text messaging to improve the hospital-to-community transition in acute coronary syndrome patients (Txt2Prevent): Intervention development and pilot randomized controlled trial protocol. JMIR Research Protocols 2017; 6(5): e91.

Sakakibara BM, Lear SA, Barr SI, Benavente O, Goldsmith CH, Silverberg ND, Yao J, Eng JJ. Development of a chronic disease management program for stroke survivors using Intervention Mapping: The Stroke Coach. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2017; 98(6): 1195-1202.

Sakakibara BM, Kim AJ, Eng JJ. A systematic review and meta-analysis on self-management for improving risk factor control in stroke patients. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine 2017; 24(1): 42-53

Sakakibara BM, Ross E, Arthur G, Brown-Ganzert L, Petrin S, Sedlak T, Lear SA. Using mobile health to connect women with cardiovascular disease and improve self-management. Telemedicine and eHealth Journal 2017; 23(3): 233-239.

Edgar MC, Monsees S, Rhebergen J, Waring J, Van der Star T, Eng JJ, Sakakibara BM. Telerehabilitation in stroke recovery: A survey on access and willingness to use low-cost consumer technologies. Telemedicine and eHealth Journal 2017; 23(5): 421-429.

Sakakibara BM, Routhier F, Miller WC. Wheeled-mobility correlates of life-space and social participation in manual wheelchair-users aged 50 and older. Disability & Rehabilitation – Assistive Technology 2017; 12(6): 592-598.

Smith EM, Sakakibara BM, Miller WC. Factors affecting participation in social and community activities for wheelchair users: A systematic review. Disability & Rehabilitation – Assistive Technology 2016; 11(5): 361-374.

Klassen TD, Eng JJ, Lim SB, Louie R, Parappilly B, Sakakibara BM, Simpson LA, Zbogar D. “Stepping Up” activity post-stroke: Ankle positioned fitbit monitor can accurately record steps during slow walking. Physical Therapy 2016; 96(3): 355-360.

Simpson LA, Eng JJ, Klassen TD, Lim SB, Louie R, Parappilly B, Sakakibara BM, Zbogar D. Capturing step count at slow speeds in older adults: Comparison of ankle and waist placement. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine 2015; 47(9): 830-835.

Sakakibara BM, Miller WC, Eng JJ, Routhier F, Backman CL. Health, personal, and environmental predictors of wheelchair-use self-efficacy. Physical Therapy 2015; 95(10): 1365-1373.

Sakakibara BM, Miller WC. Prevalence of low mobility and self-management self-efficacy in manual wheelchair-users and the association with wheelchair skills. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2015; 96(7): 1360-1363.

Sakakibara BM, Miller WC, Rushton PW. Rasch analyses of the Wheelchair Use Confidence Scale. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2015; 96(6): 1036-1044.

Sakakibara BM, Miller WC, Routhier F, Backman CL, Eng JJ. The association between self-efficacy and participation in community-dwelling manual wheelchair-users, aged 50 and over. Physical Therapy 2014; 94(5): 664-674.

Sakakibara BM, Miller WC, Eng JJ, Backman CL, Routhier F. Influences of wheelchair-related efficacy on life-space mobility in adults who use a wheelchair and live in the community. Physical Therapy 2014; 94(11): 1604-1613.