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Yukari Seko

Yukari Sedo
Assistant Professor
RCC 382K
(416) 979-5000 x544442

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]