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 an SSHRC postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Guelph’s Self-Injury and eMental Health Lab.
My area of expertise is an eclectic mix of transdisciplinary topics, including self-harm, media representations of mental health, disability studies, solution-focused communication, provider-client communication, illness narrative, diasporic foodways, and research ethics. I have been trained in, and taught, qualitative and quantitative methods, ranging from arts-informed research, interviews, focus groups, surveys, narrative analysis, and auto-ethnography. As a researcher-educator, I'm currently expanding my research to the scholarship of learning and teaching to improve the student-supervisor relationship in higher education.
My program of research is grounded on critical theory to address health inequity and advance social inclusion. Much of my work takes a critical narrative approach to inquire the role communication can play in disrupting oppressive systems and in more equitable distributing power.
I am passionate about participatory arts-informed inquiry to harness personal stories of differences and has used improvisational dance, Reader’s Theatre, photovoice, and body & hand mapping in my research and teaching. My current program of research encompasses three broad topics: 1) food shaming in Canadian school food environment; 2) solution-focused communication in clinical and non-clinical education, and 3) representations of mental health in Japanese manga and popular culture. Check Lunchbox Shaming project blog.
Selected publications (also see ResearchGate (external link) )
- Seko, Y. Rahouma, L., Takano-Reeves, C., & Wong, V. (2021). Unboxing the bento box: An arts-informed inquiry into Japanese families’ experience at Canadian school lunch time. Canadian Food Studies/La Revue canadienne des études sur l'alimentation, 8(3):21-44. https://doi.org/10.15353/cfs-rcea.v8i3.492 (external link)
- Seko, Y., Oh, A., Menna-Dack, D., Curran, C.J., Maxwell, J., & King, G. (2021). Integrating lived experience into clinical practice: A case study of young peer providers in pediatric rehabilitation. Disability & Rehabilitation. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2021.1988735 (external link)
- Seko, Y. & Lau, P. (2021) Solution-focused approach in education: A scoping review. Higher Education Research & Development. https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2021.1920893 (external link)
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- Seko, Y. & Kikuchi, M. (2020) Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Japanese Manga: A Content Analysis. Journal of Medical Humanities, 42, 355-369. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10912-019-09602-9 (external link)
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