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, and has cross-appointments to the Faculty of Law and the Institute for Medical Sciences at University of Toronto.

Professor Regehr’s practice background includes over 20 years of 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. In 2004, she was awarded the Amicus Award by the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law for her contributions to forensic mental health.

Professor Regehr’s four books and over 100 scholarly articles focus on three intersecting issues: trauma and recovery; social work practice and competency; and stress, trauma and decision-making in emergency service professions. This research was recently recognized by the Campbell Collaboration with the 2013 Leonard Gibbs Award for outstanding review in social welfare, and by the Journal of Social Work Education for best empirical article (qualitative) for 2012. Her current SSHRC funded research examines factors that influence social workers’ assessment of suicide risk.

Other Selected Publications: 

Selected Recent Publications:

Trauma and Recovery
Regehr, C. & Bober, T. (2005) In the Line of Fire:  Trauma in the Emergency Services.  New York: Oxford University Press. (Online version published in 2008)

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

Winner of the Leonard Gibbs Award from the Campbell Collaboration for the 2013 outstanding review in social welfare.

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

Alaggia, R., Regehr, C. & Jenny, A. (2012) Risky Business: An Ecological Analysis of Intimate Partner Violence Disclosure. Research on Social Work Practice. 22(3) 301-312.

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

Regehr, C. & Kanani, K. (2006 / 2010) Essential Law for Social Work Practice in Canada. Toronto: Oxford University Press (Third edition forthcoming in 2015)

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

Winner of the best empirical article (qualitative) for JSWE in 2012.

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
Stress, Trauma and Professional Decision-Making

Reghr, 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)

LeBlanc, V., Regehr, C., Taveres, W., Scott, A., McDonald, R. & King, K. (2012) The Impact of Stress on Paramedic Performance During Simulated Critical Events.  Prehospital and Disaster Medicine. 27(4):369-74

Regehr, C., LeBlanc, V., Shlonsky, A. & Bogo, M. (2010) The Influence of Clinicians’ Previous Trauma Exposure on their Assessment of Child Abuse Risk.  Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.198(9) 614-618

Regehr, C. LeBlanc, V., Jelley, B. & Barath, I. (2008) Acute Stress and Performance in Police Recruits.  Stress and Health. 24(3) 295-303