Yukari Seko is an assistant professor at the School of Professional Communication and an adjunct scientist at Bloorview Research Institute, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. Before joining ProCom, Yukari completed a CIHR-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and a SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Guelph’s Self-Injury and eMental Health Lab.
Yukari’s program of research is grounded on critical theory to address health inequity and advance social inclusion. Much of her work takes a critical narrative approach to inquire communication processes related to mental health and disabilities, using digital and multimodal methods to harness personal stories of illness, dis/abilities and marginalization. Yukari is also passionate about participatory arts-informed inquiry and has used improvisational dance, Reader’s Theatre, photovoice, and body & hand mapping in her research and teaching. Her current program of research encompasses three broad topics: 1) solution-focused communication in clinical and non-clinical education; 2) gendered representations of mental health in Japanese manga and popular culture; and 3) food shaming in Canadian school food environment.
Research interests: self-harm, illness narrative, mental health, digital health, arts-informed inquiry, manga, research ethics, solution-focused communication, food communication
Selected publications: (also see ResearchGate, external link, external link)
- Seko, Y, King, G., Keenan, S., Maxwell, J., Oh, A., & Curran C.J. (2019). Impact of Solution-Focused Coaching Training on Pediatric Rehabilitation Specialists: A longitudinal evaluation study. Journal of Interprofessional Care. (In Press)
- Seko, Y. & Kikuchi, M. (2019). Self-Injury in Japanese Manga: A Content Analysis. Journal of Medical Humanities. (accepted for publication)
- Seko, Y., & Lewis, S.P. (2018). The Self – Harmed, Visualized and Reblogged: (Re)making of Self-Injury Narratives on Tumblr, New Media & Society, 20(1), 180-198. [link, external link, external link]
- Seko, Y., & Van Katwyk, T & (2016). Embodied Interpretation: Assessing the knowledge produced through a dance-based inquiry. Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work, 28(4), 54-66. [link, external link, external link]