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I have a background in rehabilitation and disability, having trained and worked as a physical therapist, including as a faculty member at the University of Alberta in Canada. My primary areas of interest were pediatric disability and rehabilitation, as well as community-based service delivery. During my doctoral studies in the UK, I further explored the issues of adolescents with disabilities in the context of urban slums in Bangalore, India.

I have a particular interest in the inclusion of people with disabilities in research, especially children and adolescents. My primary focus is the use of qualitative and participatory research methods to understand the issues facing children and young people with disabilities, and ways in which services and communities can be more inclusive in their approaches and attitudes.

I am also interested in building research capacity with community partners in order to improve service delivery and the provision of meaningful supports for persons with disabilities.


  • NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (Primary)
  • Deputy Director, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research

Research Areas:

  • Inclusion and participation of children and youth with disabilities in society
  • Community-based health service delivery
  • Evidence-based practice (allied health)
  • Community-based participatory research methods
  • Qualitative research; Mixed methods research

Teaching Areas:

  • Disability
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Qualitative research methods

Academic/Professional Qualifications:

  • PhD (Child Health), University College London, UK
  • MSc (Physical Therapy), University of Alberta, Canada
  • BSc (Physical Therapy), University of Alberta, Canada

Career History:

  • Research Fellow, Institute of Child Health, University College London, UK
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physical Therapy, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Physical Therapy Consultant, Edmonton Public School Board, Edmonton, Canada
  • Physical Therapist, Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Edmonton, Canada

Administrative Leadership:

  • Deputy Director, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research

Selected Publications:

  • Mishra, S., DeMuth, S., Sabharwal, S., Watts, HG., Lentz, KL, Huber, M., Kembhavi, G., (2018) Case Study: Disability and rehabilitation in Tajikistan: Development of a multi-sectoral national program to leave no one behind. Public Health Panorama, 4 (2), 202-209.
  • Wickenden, M. & Kembhavi-Tam, G. (2014). Ask us too! Doing participatory research with disabled children in the global south. Childhood, 21, 400-417.
  • Kembhavi, G., Darrah, J., Payne, K., & Plesuk, D. (2011) Adults with a diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy: A mapping review of long-term outcomes. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 53, 610-614.
  • Kembhavi, G. & Wirz, S. (2009) Engaging adolescents and youth with disabilities in research. Alter - European Journal of Disability Research, Revue europeenne de recherche sur le handicap, 3, 286-296.
  • McCoy, D., Kembhavi, G., Patel, J., & Luintel, A. (2009) The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's grant-making programme for global health. Lancet, 373, 1645-1653.
Deputy Director (Centre for Health Services and Policy Research) and Senior Research Fellow


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