Cheryl Regehr

Vice-President and Provost, University of Toronto; Ph.D. - University of Toronto; M.S.W. - University of Toronto; B.A., Psychology - Wilfrid Laurier University
Phone Number: 
(416) 978-2122

Cross-Appointed Faculty Member of Faculty
– Faculty of Law
– Institute for Medical Sciences

Cheryl Regehr is the Provost and Vice-President for the University of Toronto. Former Dean of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, she is a Professor in the Faculty of Social Work, has cross-appointments to the Faculty of Law and the Institute for Medical Sciences at University of Toronto, and is a Senior Fellow of Massey College.

Professor Regehr’s five books and over 120 scholarly articles focus on three intersecting issues: trauma and recovery; social work practice and competency; and stress, trauma and decision-making in high-risk professions. This research has been recognized with awards from the International Campbell Collaboration, and by the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Her current SSHRC funded research examines stress, trauma and decision-making in social work and aims to develop a new model for improving decision-making in high-risk, high-demand situations.

Professor Regehr’s research is founded on her practice background which includes direct service in forensic social work and emergency mental health and in the administration of mental health programs, specializing in civil litigation and criminal court assessments of trauma victims and violent offenders, and organizationally based trauma interventions. She was the director of the Crisis Response Team at Pearson International Airport, served on the mental health advisory for the Department of National Defence and Veteran’s Affairs Canada, and currently is a member of the Board of Trustees for the University Health Network.


Selected Recent Publications:

Stress, Trauma and Professional Decision-Making

Regehr, C. (2018) Stress, Trauma and Decision-Making for Social Work.  New York: Columbia University Press.

Regehr, C. & LeBlanc, V. (2017) PTSD, Acute Stress, Performance and Decision-Making in Emergency Service Workers.  Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. 45(2) 184-192.

Regehr, C., Bogo, M., LeBlanc, V., Baird, S., Paterson, J. & Birze, A. (2016) Suicide Risk Assessment: Clinicians’ Confidence in their Professional Judgment.  Journal of Loss and Trauma. 21(1) 30-46.

Regehr, C., LeBlanc, V., Bogo, M., Paterson, J. & Birze, A. (2015) Suicide Risk Assessments:  Examining Influences on Clinicians’ Professional Judgment.  American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. 85(4) 295-301.

Regehr, C., Glancy, D., Pitts, A. & LeBlanc, V. (2014) Interventions to Reduce the Consequences of Stress in Physicians:  A Review and Meta-Analysis.  Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 202 (5)


Social Work Practice and Competency

Regehr, C. & Glancy, G. (2014/ 2010) Mental Health Social Work Practice in Canada.  Toronto: Oxford University Press.

Regehr, C. & Kanani, K. (2015/2010/2006) Essential Law for Social Work Practice in Canada. Toronto: Oxford University Press Third Edition Authorship: Regehr, C., Kanani, K., McFadden, J. & Saini, M.

Bogo, M., Regehr, C., Baird, S., Paterson, J. & LeBlanc, V. (2017) Cognitive and Affective Elements of Practice Confidence in Social Work Students and Practitioners. British Journal of Social Work.  47 (3) 701-718

Regehr, C., Bogo, M., Donovan, K. Anstice, S. & Lim, A. (2012) Identifying Student Competencies in Macro Practice:  Articulating the Practice Wisdom of Field Instructors.  Journal of Social Work Education. 28 (2) 307-319

Regehr, C., Bogo, M. & Regehr, G. (2011) Development of an Online Practice-Based Evaluation Tool for Social Work. Research on Social Work Practice. 21 (4) 469-475


Trauma and Recovery

Regehr, C. & Bober, T. (2005) In the Line of Fire:  Trauma in the Emergency Services.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Regehr, C., LeBlanc, V., Barath, I., Balch, J. & Birze, A. (2014) Predictors of Physiological Stress and Psychological Distress in Police Communicators. Police Practice and Research. 14(6) 451-463

Regehr, C., Alaggia, R., Dennis, J., Pitts, A. & Saini, M. (2013) Interventions to Reduce Distress in Adult Victims of Rape and Sexual Violence: A Systematic Review. Research on Social Work Practice.23(3) 255 – 263

Regehr, C., Glancy, D. & Pitts, A. (2013) Interventions to Reduce Stress in University Students:  A Review and Meta-Analysis.  Journal of Affective Disorders. 148 (1) 1-11