Karen Yoshida, BScPT, MSc, PhD

Associate Professor

Department of Physical Therapy
160-500 University Avenue
Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1V7

Email:   karen.yoshida@utoronto.ca
Phone:  416-978-6589
Fax:         416-946-8562



Karen Yoshida is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy and the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science at the University of Toronto. Her research over the past 20+ years has emphasized the lived experience of disability and community research partnerships. She works in collaborative teaching and research partnerships related to Disability Studies and has done so for the past 15 years. Her research approach is community-based, participatory, and she is sensitive to using qualitative methods that promotes the subjectivities of people with disabilities.

Dr. Yoshida also teaches graduate level courses in the Sociology of Disability, and Disability Studies. Her current research interests focuses on embodiment related to women living with disabilities, their health and access to health services.

Yoshida KK, Dumont J, Odette F, Lysy D. Factors associated with violence and abuse among Canadian Women Living with Physical Disabilities. Health Care for Women International. June-July 2011, 32(8): 762-775.

Yoshida KK, Self H, Renwick R, Forma L, King AJ, Fell L. Consumer values as a basis for future SCI practice models: application to women with SCI and the body. Topics in SCI rehabilitation: Special Issue โ€“ SCI and Women. Vol 15(1):1-14 Aug 2009

Yoshida KK, Odette F, Hardie S, Willis H, Bunch M. Women living with Disabilities and their experiences and issues related to the context and complexities of leaving abusive situation. Disability and Rehabilitation, Vol 31(22):1843-1852 October 2009

Rolfe DR, Yoshida KK (supervising author), Renwick R, Bailey C. Negotiating Participation: How women living with disabilities address barriers to exercise, Health Care for Women International. Vol 30(8):743-766. 2009

Chau L, Hegedus L, Praamsma M, Smith K, Tsukada M, *Yoshida KK, *Renwick R. (*co-supervising authors). Women living with a spinal cord injury: perceptions about their changed bodies. Qualitative Health Research. Feb 2008, Vol 18(2): 209-221

Copper N, Yoshida KK. Cancer Screening behaviors among Canadian women living with physical disabilities. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. May 2007. Vol 88, No. 5., 597-603.

Karen focuses her research on women living with disabilities and their health, access to health services, oral histories of people with disabilities, disability studies, arts and culture, issues of embodiment, and qualitative research methods.

Karen teaches in the MScPT program as a member of the research curriculum, and is Co-coordinator of Unit 10/12, the final research unit of the MScPT program. She teaches a component of disability studies, and health and well-being issues, within other MScPT units. Additionally, she teaches Sociology of Disability and Disability Studies within the Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Sciences.

Associate Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
Professor, Graduate Department of Rehabilitation Science
Department of Public Health Sciences
Member, Women's College Hospital Institute