Yukari Seko

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Assistant Professor Faculty of Communication and Design School of Professional Communication Toronto, Ontario yseko@ryerson.ca Office: (416) 979-5000 ext. 5326

Bio/Research

Yukari Seko is a critical communication scholar by training, whose research spans communication studies and applied health research. Before joining ProCom, she was a Research Associate at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, studying transition to adult life for disabled youth. Yukari ...

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Bio/Research

Yukari Seko is a critical communication scholar by training, whose research spans communication studies and applied health research. Before joining ProCom, she was a Research Associate at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, studying transition to adult life for disabled youth. 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, exploring the way social media are changing the global viability of, and public engagement with, the phenomenon of self-harm.

Yukari’s program of research is firmly 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 to inform health research and practice. Yukari is also versatile in - and slightly geeky about – research methods. She is particularly passionate about participatory arts-based inquiry and uses improvisational dance, theatre, photovoice, and body & hand mapping in her research and teaching. As an avid manga reader, she is excited about her current project on gendered representations of mental health in Japanese manga and popular culture.


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