Alumni in the News

Kate Scowen (MSW, 2015) social enterprise, Hard Feelings, featured in UofT Magazine


The wait-lists for publicly funded therapy are long. FIFSW alumna, Kate Scowen, devised a way for people to receive low-cost counselling sooner.

Prof. Peter A. Newman; PhD alumna, Dr. Ashley Lacombe-Duncan; and MSW alumna, Prof. Adrian Guta publish landmark study on PreP

  Prof. Peter A. Newman, along with recently graduated Dr. Ashley Lacombe-Duncan and former MSW student, now […]

Cindy Blackstock reading of Spirit Bear and Children Make History

  Cindy Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society hosted a Spirit […]

MSW alumni, Georgi Georgievski, story of resilience reported in Toronto Star

Forum Research poll shows that LGBTQ+ students experience greater debt

LGBTQ+ respondents to a recent Forum Research survey on student debt finds that they are more adversely impacted by student debt compared with non-LGBTQ+.

Professor David Brennan, FIFSW Associate Professor, believes lack of family support and mental health costs contribute to the higher debt.

FIFSW alumna, Kyla Fox, on helping those affected by eating disorders


Kyla Fox obtained her MSW from the FIFSW in 2006. In 2012, she opened The Kyla Fox Centre in Toronto – which treats the entire spectrum of people affected by eating disorders and disordered eating.


Distinguished Speaker: Setsuko Thurlow


Setsuko Thurlow, one of FIFSW’s prominent alumni who accepted the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), delivered an inspiring talk at the Alumni Association’s annual Distinguished Speakers Series.

FIFSW PhD alumna Cindy Blackstock among global leaders to receive honorary degree from UofT


Cindy Blackstock is a champion for the rights of Canada’s Indigenous youth. Blackstock has advocated on behalf of Indigenous children on reserves to ensure they receive the same benefits as other youth in Canada. Blackstock, who earned her PhD in social work at U of T, has been an adviser to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF and the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

15 honorary degree recipients

PhD alumna, Kristina Nikolova awarded for scholarly achievement for research in the area of gender-based violence

The awards, which were established on Dec. 6, 2016 on the 27th anniversary of the Montreal Massacre, are reserved for one undergraduate and one graduate student “who have made distinctive contributions in the area of gender-based violence research and prevention.”

Remembering UofT Chancellor Emerita Rose Wolfe

  After a full, vibrant and resonating life at the age of 100, on Friday, December 30, […]

Andrea Vick, PhD, supports student human rights complaint