Dr. Sakakibara completed his 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. Upon completing his PhD in 2013, he pursued postdoctoral training in the Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU, and Department of Physical Therapy, UBC. In this work, he focused on chronic disease self-management and telehealth in people with stroke and cardiovascular disease, intervention development, and clinical trial methodologies.
He is currently an Assistant Professor with the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. He is also a research scientist with the Chronic Disease Prevention Program, and is based out of the Southern Medical Program at UBC – Okanagan. Prior to entering academia, he attended the British Columbia Institute of Technology for international trade and transportation logistics. He then worked for several years improving policy and operating environments, and stakeholder relations in the trade and transportation industries.