110 Appointment of Professor Cheryl Regehr Dean Faculty of Social Work

PDAD&C #110, 2005-06


FROM: Professor Vivek Goel, Vice-President and Provost
DATE: May 18, 2006
RE: Appointment of Professor Cheryl Regehr, Dean, Faculty of Social Work

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Cheryl Regehr as Dean of the Faculty of Social Work for a five-year term, beginning July 1, 2006 and ending June 30, 2011.

Professor Regehr earned her BA from Wilfrid Laurier University and her Master of Social Work and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Toronto. Upon completion of her doctorate in 1995, she joined the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University as an Assistant Professor, and from 1998-1999 was also the Coordinator, Research Resource Centre. In 1999 she joined the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto where she was an Associate Professor from 1999 to 2004. In 2004 she became a Full Professor. She has served as Director, Centre for Applied Social Research since 2000, as Director, Research Institute for Evidenced Based Social Work since 2005, and as Executive Director, Centre for Excellence for Child Welfare since 2005. She holds the Sandra Rotman Chair in Social Work. She has also been a member of the Graduate Faculty of the Institute of Medical Sciences, University of Toronto, since 1998. In addition, from 2002 to 2005 she was a cross-appointed member of the Faculty of Law, and since 2005 has been the Director, JD/MSW Program. Since January 2006 she has been serving as Interim Dean of the Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto.

Professor Regehr has also held numerous professional appointments. She has served as a Consultant for organizations and workers affected by workplace trauma, as well as providing court assessments of victims and offenders. From 1992 to 2001 she was the Clinical Director of the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team at Pearson International Airport, for the Greater Toronto Airport Authority. She was the Project Manager and Consultant for the Sexual Assault Intervention for Living, in Bracebridge from 1991 to 1993. She was involved with the Mississauga Hospital from 1987 to 1990 as the Sexual Assault Team Co-ordinator, from 1989 to 1990 as the Co-ordinator, Crisis Services, from 1990 to 1991 as the Director, Community Mental Health Clinic and from 1981 - 1983 as a Psychiatric Social Worker. She was also involved with the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry from 1983 to 1985 as an Emergency Room Social Worker and Co-ordinator, Urgent Clinic, and from 1985 to 1987 as a Forensic Social Worker. Finally, from 1980 - 1981 she was a Social Worker, Day Therapy Center at St. Peter's Center in Hamilton.

Professor Regehr's research has been supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Public Health Agency Canada, and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation. She has served on a number of peer review committees and editorial boards.

Her research examines aspects of recovery from trauma in diverse populations such as victims of rape, firefighters and child welfare workers. Professor Regehr is a three-time winner of the Faculty of Social Work's Teacher of the Year award and the recipient of prestigious research awards from organizations such as the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law.

She has published extensively in refereed journals, and is the co-author of two books: Law for Social Work Practice in Canada (2006) with K. Kanani and In the Line of Fire: Trauma in Emergency Services (2005) with T. Bober.

She has significant leadership experience in both a post-secondary environment as well as in the professional field of Social Work. She has outlined a vision for social work education and scholarship within the Faculty of Social Work under four broad domains: research leadership, enhancing the student experience, reaching out to diverse communities, and fiscal management.

Professor Regehr has served as Interim Dean of the Faculty of Social Work since January 1, 2006.

Professor Regehr has an outstanding record as a researcher, scholar and gifted teacher. Her broad experience as a social worker in a variety of settings will serve the faculty well in the coming years.