Shauna Kingsnorth

Shauna Kingsnorth, PhD

Manager, Evidence to Care and Clinical Study Investigator

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Centre for Leadership:
Centre for Leadership in Participation and Inclusion

Research Focus:

As the lead of Evidence to Care, the Hospital's knowledge translation (KT) hub, Dr. Kingsnorth works with a specialized team to mobilize research evidence to inform care in childhood disability. Working with diverse knowledge users, targeted evidence to clinical care gaps are tackled using KT science to inform dissemination and implementation practice, Recent dissemination projects have emphasized peer support interventions for caregivers of children with medical complexity and a best evidence handbook for providers assessing and treating feeding and swallowing issues in children with physical and developmental disabilities. Recent implementation projects have emphasized chronic pain assessment for children with cerebral palsy and adoption of stroke guidelines for children.

As a Clinical Study Investigator, Dr. Kingsnorth specializes in knowledge synthesis, employing systematic, scoping and rapid review methodologies to identify best and wise practices in pediatric rehabilitation. Recent projects stemming from her interests in participation and inclusion include arts-based interventions,  tools to help talk about obesity with children and families, and interventions for caregiver stress.

Education & Profession


  • Certificate of Advanced Study in Program Evaluation, Claremont Graduate University
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship, Bloorview Research Institute, University of Toronto 
  • Doctorate of Philosophy, University of Toronto, Developmental Psychology
  • Masters of Arts, University of Toronto, Developmental Psychology
  • Honors Bachelor of Science, Queen’s University, Psychology

University Positions / Affiliations:

  • Assistant Professor (Status), Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences Institute, University of Toronto

Honours and Awards:

  • 2013 - Dr. John Whittaker Memorial Cerebral Palsy AwardBloorview Research Institute - awarded annually to research, service, or product development that improves the quality of life of children and youth with cerebral palsy or other developmental disabilities.

Current Projects



Click to see Dr. Kingsnorth's publications on PubMed.

Select Peer-Reviewed Journal Publications

Townley, A, Wincentak, J, Kingsnorth, S, & Raffaele, C. Feeding and swallowing: Aligning knowledge translation, research and clinical practice to bring evidence to care. Occupational Therapy Now. 2018;20(6) 28-30.

Kingsnorth, S, Orava, T, Parker, K, & Milo-Manson From knowledge translation theory to practice: Lessons learned in mobilizing evidence into care in a pediatric rehabilitation setting. Disability and Rehabilitation. Advanced online publication.

Orava, T., Provvidenza, C., Townley, A., & Kingsnorth, S. Screening and assessment of chronic pain among children with cerebral palsy: Adoption of a pain toolbox. Disability & Rehabilitation. Advanced online publication.

Edelstein H, Schippke J, Scheffe S, & Kingsnorth S. Children with medical complexity: A scoping review of interventions to support caregiver stress. Child: Care, Health & Development. 2016;43(3)  323-333.

McPherson AC, Hamilton J, Kingsnorth S, Knibbe TJ, Peters M, Swift, JA, Krog K, Chen, L, Steinberg, A, & Ball GDC. Talking with children and families about obesity and weight-related topics: A scoping review of best practices. Obesity Reviews. 2016;18 (2) 164-182.  

King G, Thomson N, Rothstein MG, Kingsnorth S, & Parker K. Integrating research, clinical care, and education in Academic Health Science Centers: An organizational model of collaborative workplace learning. Journal of Health Organization and Management. 2016; 30(7); 1140-1160.

Kingsnorth S, Orava T, Provvidenza T, Adler E, Ami N, Gresley-Jones T, Mankad D, Slonim N, Fay L, Joachimides N, Hoffman A, Hung, R, & Fehlings D. Chronic pain assessment tools for cerebral palsy: A systematic review. Pediatrics. 2015;136(4): e947-e960.

Kingsnorth S, Joachimides N, Krog K, Davies B, & Smith Higuchi. Optimal pain assessment in pediatric rehabilitation: Implementation of a nursing guideline. Pain Management Nursing. 2015;16(6), 871-880.

Ryan SE, Shepherd T, Renzoni AM, Anderson C, Barber M, Kingsnorth S, Ward, K. Towards advancing knowledge translation of AAC outcomes research for children and youth with complex communication needs. Augmentative and Alternative Communication. 2015:31(2), 148-57.

Contact Info

Contact Information:

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital 
150 Kilgour Road Toronto, Ontario M4G 1R8 
Tel: 416-425-6220, extension 3547

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