Aliki Thomas

ALIKI THOMAS, PhD, OT (c), erg. is an Associate Professor in the School of physical and Occupational Therapy and research scientist at the Centre for Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University. She earned a doctorate in educational psychology with a major in instructional psychology and a minor in applied cognitive science. She completed post-doctoral training at McMaster University in knowledge translation for evidence-based practice.

Dr Thomas’ research is guided by the principles of the ‘Scholarship of Practice’ whereby research, education and practice are interwoven and interconnected with the aim of improving the health, function and participation of individuals in our society. Informed by theories from educational psychology, applied cognitive science and implementation science, and using mixed methodological approaches, Dr Thomas’ research program seeks to understand the developmental trajectory from the classroom, where entry-level EBP competencies are initially acquired, to the real life “messy” clinical practice context where graduates are expected to navigate multiple influences to provide evidence-based and patient-centered care. Her research program is organized under three main themes: 1) Education for EBP in the Health Professions; 2) Knowledge Translation for Evidence-Based Education and Clinical Practice and 3) Education-Practice Nexus. Dr Thomas has a thriving research lab with several graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. More information about her and her students’ research activities can be obtained at https://mcgill.ca/keep-lab/

Dr. Thomas’s research is supported by the following agencies:

  • A Fond de Recherche du Québec - Santé (FRQ-S) Research Scholar Junior 2 award
  • The Réseau Provincial de Recherche en Adaptation-Réadaptation
  • The Edith and Richard Strauss Foundation of Canada
  • The Association of Medical Educators of Europe
  • The Canadian Institutes for Health Research
  • The Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation
  • The Centre for Medical Education, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University
  • The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council   


E-mail: aliki.thomas [at] mcgill.ca
Tel: (514) 398-4496