Women & Gender Studies Institute

June Larkin

B.A., M.Ed (Educational Psychology, University of Western Ontario); Ph.D. (Education, University of Toronto)

phone : 416-978-8282

office : 2034

email : june.larkin@utoronto.ca

I studied Psychology, Feminist Studies and Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) and was interested in doing research that had a real impact in the community, particularly for youth. I was introduced to arts-based approaches to research by Claudia Mitchell, McGill University, who is a leader in the field of visual arts. Alternative forms of knowledge production are a real fit with my current work in Women and Gender Studies and Equity Studies; disciplines that challenge traditional research models that privilege Eurocentric models of education. Through photovoice, collage, videography, and performance I have discovered new and exciting ways to engage youth in socially transformative research that has significance for their everyday lives.

My areas of supervision are youth, sexuality, sexual health and arts-based methodologies.



I am coordinator of the Gendering Adolescent AIDS Prevention (GAAP) Project that brings together youth, community based service providers, policy makers, students and researchers on projects that use participatory approaches to working with young people in relation to sexuality, HIV prevention and AIDS awareness. Our research has been funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN).
GAAP is a partner on youth and community projects such as Sexpress: The Toronto Teen Survey; Empower; Youth, Arts and Activism;and Taking Action: Arts Based Approaches to Fostering Aboriginal Youth Leadership in HIV Prevention.

For information on current and completed GAAP projects, please see our website.


Books authored

Larkin, J. (1994, 1997).  Sexual harassment: High school girls speak out. Toronto: Second Story Press.  (Second edition with a new preface)

Books edited

Reschka, B., Larkin, J., Welpe, I. (Eds.) (2007) Gender and Engineering: Strategies and Possibilities. Berlin: Peter Lang Publications.  252 pp.

McKenna, K. & Larkin, J. (Eds.) (2002). Violence against women: New Canadian perspectives. Toronto: Inanna Publications.

Eichler, M., Larkin, J. & Neysmith, S. (Eds.) (2002). Feminist utopias: Redesigning our futures. Toronto: Inanna Publications.

Ricciutelli, L., Larkin, J. & O’Neill, E. (1998). Confronting the cuts: A sourcebook for women in Ontario. Toronto: Inanna Publications.

Refereed Articles

Flicker, S., Wilson, C., Danforth, J., Monchalin, R., Erin Konsmo, Oliver, V., Prentice, T., Larkin, J., Mitchell, C., Restoule, J.P., Jackson, R. and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. (accepted). “Stay Strong, Stay Sexy, Stay Native”: Storying Indigenous Youth HIV Prevention. Action Research Journal.

Larkin, J., Flicker, S., Flynn, S., Layne, C., Schwartz, A., Travers, R., Pole, J. and Guta, A.  The Ontario Sexual Health Education Up-Date: Perspectives from the Toronto Teen Survey (TTS) Youth. (accepted). The Canadian Journal of Education.  

Wilson, C., Flicker, S., Danforth, J., Konsmo, E., Oliver, V., Jackson, R., Prentice, T., Larkin, J., Restoule, J.P. and Mitchell, C. (2016). “Culture” as HIV Prevention: Indigenous Youth Speak Up!  International Journal of Community Research and Engagement, 9(1),74-88.

Monchalin, R., Flicker, S., Wilson, C., Danforth, J., Konsmo, E., Prentice, T., Oliver, V., Jackson, R., Larkin, J., Mitchell, C., and Restoule, J.P. (2016). “When you follow your heart, you provide that path for others”: Indigenous Models of Youth Leadership in HIV Prevention. International Journal of Indigenous Health, 11(1),135-157.

Oliver, V., Flicker, S., Danforth, J., Konsmo, E., Wilson, C., Jackson, R., Prentice, T., Larkin, J., Restoule, J.P., & Mitchell, C. (2015) “Women are supposed to be the leaders:” The Intersections of Gender, Race and Colonization in HIV Prevention with Indigenous youth.  Culture, Health and Sexuality, 17(7):1-14.

Flicker, S., Danforth, J., Oliver, V., Konsmo, E., Wilson, C., Jackson, R., Prentice, T., Larkin, J., Restoule, J.P., & Mitchell, C. (2014) “Because we have really unique art”: Decolonizing Research with Indigenous Youth Using the Arts.  International Journal of Indigenous Health, 10(1), 16-34.

Smillie, C., Larkin, J., Flicker, S., Restoule, J.P., Koleszar-Green, R., Barlow, K & Mitchell, C. (2014).  HIV/AIDS, Colonialism and Aboriginal Youth in Canada: Implications for HIV Prevention Work. Canadian Journal of Aboriginal Community-Based HIV/AIDS Research, 5(Winter), 95-113.

Flicker, S., Danforth, J., Konsmo, E., Wilson, C., Oliver, V., Jackson, R. Prentice, T., Larkin, J., Restoule, J.P., & Mitchell, C. (2014) “Because we are Natives and we stand strong to our pride”: Decolonizing HIV Prevention with Aboriginal Youth in Canada Using the Arts. Canadian Journal of Aboriginal Community-Based HIV/AIDS Research, 5(Winter), 95-113.

Oliver, V., van der Meulen, E., Flicker, S., Larkin, J., & the Taking Action Research Team.  (2013). If You Teach Them, They Will Come: Providers Reactions to Incorporating Pleasure into Youth Sexual Education.  Canadian Journal of Public Health. 104(2), 142-147

Jaworsky, D., Larkin, J., Sriranganathan, G., Clout, J., Janssen, J., Campbell, L., Flicker, S., Stadnicki, D., Erlich, L. & Flynn, S. (2013).  Evaluating youth sexual health peer education programs: Challenges and successes for effective evaluation practices. Journal of Education and Training Studies, 1(1), 227-234.

Sriranganathan, G., Jaworsky, D., Larkin, J., Flicker, S., Campbell, L., Flynn, S. & Jansen, J. (2012) Peer Sexual Health Education: Interventions for Effective Program Evaluation. The Health Education Journal, 71(1), 62-71. Advanced Access published on December 29, 2010 as doi:10.1177/0017896910386266

Flicker, S., Travers, R., Flynn, S., Larkin, J., Guta, A., Salehi, R., Pole, J., & Lane, C. (2010).  Sexual health research for and with urban youth: The Toronto Teen Survey story. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 19(4), 133-144.

Restoule, J.P., McGee, A., Flicker, S., Larkin, J., & Smillie-Adjarkwa, C. (2010). Suit the situation: Comparing Urban and on-reserve Aboriginal youth preferences for effective HIV prevention. Canadian Journal of Aboriginal Community-Based HIV/AIDS Research,3(Winter), 5-16.

Causarano, N., Pole, J., Flicker, S., Flynn, S., Layne, C., Larkin, J., Travers, R., Palmer, H., Schwartz, A., McIlroy, K., Guta, A., Salehi, R. (2010). Exposure to and desire for sexual health education among urban youth: Associations with religion and other factors. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 19(4), 169-184.

Travers, R., Guta, A., Flicker, S., Larkin, J., Lo, C., McCardell, S., Van Der Meulen, E., and the Toronto Teen Survey Team. (2010). Service provider views on issues and needs for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. The Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality, 19(4), 191-148.

Flicker S., Guta, A., Larkin, J., Flynn, S., Fridkin, A., Pole, J., Travers, R., Layne, C., & Chan., K. (2010) Survey Design from the Ground-Up: The Toronto Teen Survey CBPR Approach. Health Promotion Practice, 11(1), 112-122.

Chapters in Books

Mitchell, C. Stuart, J. DeLange, N. Moletsane, R. Buthelezi, T. Larkin, J. Flicker, S. (2010) Does This Make? Studying Southern African Youth as knowledge Producers within a New Literacy of  HIV and AIDS. In Higgins, C. & Norton, B. [Eds.] Language and HIV/AIDS. Multilingual Matters: Toronto pp. 214-232.

Reschka, B., Larkin, J., Welpe, I. (Eds.) (2007) Introduction. In Gender and Engineering: Strategies and Possibilities (pp 7-16).Berlin: Peter Lang Publications.

Larkin, J., Lombardo, C., Walker, L., Bahreini, R., Tharao, W., Mitchell, C., Dubazane, N. (2007). Taking It Global Xpress:Youth, Photovoice and HIV/AIDS.   In N. De Lange & C. Mitchell (Eds). Putting People in the Picture: Visual Methodologies for Social Change. The Netherlands: Sense.

Larkin, J. & Rice, C. (2006). Harassment and harmful body practices: broadening the focus of body image education for girls. In Fiona Leach & Claudia Mitchell (Eds.) Combating Gender Violence in and Around Schools (pp. 125-133). Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham.

Larkin, J. & McKenna, K. (2002). Introduction. In K. McKenna, K. & J. Larkin, J. (Eds.) Violence Against Women: New Canadian Perspectives (pp. 9-18). Toronto: Inanna Publications.

Eichler, M., Neysmith, S. & Larkin, J. (2002).  Feminist Utopias: Necessary Visions. In M. Eichler, J. Larkin, & S. Neysmith, S. (Eds.) Feminist Utopias: Redesigning our Futures (pp. 9-23). Toronto: Inanna Publications.

Larkin, J., Rice, C. & Russell, V. (1999). Sexual harassment, education and the prevention of disordered eating. In N. Piran, M. Levine and C. Steiner-Adair (Eds.) Preventing Eating Disorders: A Handbook of Intervention and Special Challenges (pp. 194-207).  Philadelphia: Brunner/Mazel.

Larkin, J. (1997). Sexual terrorism on the street: The moulding of young women into subordination. In C. Kitzinger and A. Thomas (Eds.) Constructing Sexual Harassment: Contemporary Feminist Perspectives (pp. 115-130). Buckingham: Open University Press.


Larkin, J., Jaworsky, D., Petrovic, B., Dobinson, C., Flicker, S., Hart, T, Janssen, J., Jarvis, A. Luyombya, H. & Switzer (2014). Youth HIV and Sexual Health Education Programs in Canada: What’s Needed to Enhance Evaluation Capacity? Report to the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR). Toronto.

Flicker, S., Flynn, S., Larkin, J., Travers, R., Guta, A. Pole, J. & Layne, C. (2009). Sexpress: The Toronto Teen Survey Report. Planned Parenthood Toronto. Toronto. ON.

Larkin, J. Moola, F. & Razack, S. (2007) Gender, sport and development. Report for the International Working Group, Sport for Development and Peace.

Flicker, S., Larkin, J.,Restoule, J.P., Smillie, C., Barlow, K., Mitchell, C., Koleszar-Green, R., Dagnino, M., Ricci, C.  (2007). HIV/Risk, Systemic Inequities and Aboriginal Youth: Widening the Circle for Prevention Programming. Report to the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR). Toronto

Larkin, J., Mitchell, C., Flicker, S., Dagnino, M., Koleszar-Green, R., & Mintz, S. (2004). HIV risk, prevention education, and youth.  Report to the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR). Toronto.


Undergraduate Courses Taught

• The Politics of Gender and Health
• Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
• Equity, Globalization and HIV/AIDS
• Scientific Perspectives on Sex and Gender
• Women and Psychology
• Women and Violence
• Advanced Research Practicum
• Introduction to Equity Studies
• Social Change and Non-Violence

Graduate Courses Taught

• Psychology of Sexism in Education and Related Methodologies (OISE/UT)

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