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New dean of the FIFSW

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Professor Dexter Voisin is to become the new dean of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work.

CBC News highlights a new study, co-authored by Carmen Logie, on northern LGBTQ youth and adults

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Researchers have found that northerners deal with inaccurate assumptions about their gender and sexual identity at the doctor’s office — and that could be bad for their sexual health care.

A new study published in the journal Health and Social Care in the Community based its findings on interviews done in 2015 with 37 LGBTQ youth and adults, and health care and support providers who work with them.

World Health Organization study on ageism, led by David Burnes, highlighted in New York Times

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Prof. David Brennan speaks on CTV’s Your Morning

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It’s been 35 years since the cause of HIV was discovered.

Here’s what has changed since this virus was discovered, and what the outlook is today for someone with an HIV diagnosis.

Prof. Lin Fang receives SSHRC Partnership Engagement Grant


  Prof. Lin Fang, the Factor-Inwentash Chair in Children’s Mental Health, received research funding from the Social […]

Prof. Toula Kourgiantakis is a recipient of a 2018-19 UofT Early Career Teaching Award



The award recognizes faculty members who are effective teachers and demonstrate an exceptional commitment to student learning, pedagogical engagement, and teaching innovation. Each year, up to four awards are offered.

Professor Toula Kourgiantakis is being recognized for developing Practice Fridays for MSW students at the FIFSW.

A ceremony presenting the awards will be held in the Fall of 2019.

The University of Toronto Early Career Teaching Award winners are determined by a process of nomination and selection by a committee. The selection committee assess candidates based on proven evidence of successful undergraduate and/or graduate teaching as well as evidence of impact in at least two of the following areas:

  • Initiatives to enhance and/or support student learning (e.g., the development of student mentoring programs, innovative classroom practices, distinct approaches to courses and curricula).
  • Initiatives promoting student-faculty interactions (e.g., development of learning communities, creating opportunities for co-/extracurricular learning).
  • Contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning (e.g., formal/informal research, presentations and/or publications on teaching and learning in a post-secondary environment)
  • Pedagogical contributions outside the classroom (e.g., contributions to departmental/divisional curricular initiatives, work with teaching/learning committees or centres, mentorship of more junior colleagues).
  • Ongoing pedagogical development/enhancement (e.g., professional development to enhance one’s own teaching, evidence of a scholarly approach to teaching).

Prof. Tanya Sharpe recipient of Distinguished Alumni Award

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Professor Tanya Sharpe is the 2019 recipient of the Boston College School of Social Work Distinguished Alumni Award. The award ceremony will take place on February 1, 2019.

Ontario Senior Achievement Award Recipients


The Ontario Senior Achievement Awards recognize people who have made outstanding contributions to their communities through voluntary or professional activities after the age of 65.

Lilian M. Wells of Toronto has spent decades advocating for seniors’ welfare in Toronto. She is a founding member and served two terms as president of the Toronto Council on Aging. She helped design many programs to empower seniors, and her work helped Toronto receive the Age-Friendly City designation from the World Health Organization.

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

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

Prof. Hulchanski illustrates growing income inequality in Toronto



In Toronto, the colour of money is mainly white.

New demographic charts show a strikingly segregated city, with visible minorities concentrated in low-income neighbourhoods and white residents dominating affluent areas in numbers far higher than their share of the population.