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Faye Mishna


Ph.D., Smith College

Phone Number: 
(416) 978-1385
Research Interests: 
  • bullying and cyber bullying
  • information communication technologies in therapy
  • sexting
  • cyber aggression in universities
  • clinical practice

Faye Mishna joined the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work in 1999 as an Assistant Professor. She served as the Dean from 2009-2019 and is currently a Professor in the Faculty and cross-appointed to the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. She holds the Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Chair in Child and Family.

Her program of research focuses on bullying/cyber bullying and sexting among youth, informal cyber technology use in social work practice, and clinical practice. An integral component of her research entails collaboration with community agencies and organizations. She is the PI on two SSHRC Insight Grants: 1) Consensual and Non-Consensual Sexting in Adolescence: Challenging Conventional Wisdom (2019-2022); and 2) #SocialWork: Informal Use of Information and Communication Technology as an Adjunct to Traditional Face-to-Face Practice (2016-2020). She is Co-Principal Investigator on a Youth Sexting project, in collaboration with University College London. She is a team member on 1) a project on Artificial Intelligence for Online Cancer Support Groups (2019-2021); 2) a SSHRC Insight Grant on Social Ecologies of Resilience and Teen Dating Violence among Indigenous and Northern Youth in the Northwest Territories (2016-2020); 3) A SSHRC Partnership Grant on Rape Culture in Universities (2016-2023); and 4) a SSHRC Partnership Grant on the effects of a digital world on youth (2015-2022).

On behalf of the Faculty, Faye accepted the University of Toronto Northrop Frye Award for the Faculty’s Simulation Program in 2017. In 2016, she was awarded the Distinguished Recent Contributions Award from the Council of Social Work Education (U.S.A.). She is an Inaugural Fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research, a  Fellow of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities and maintains a small private practice in psychotherapy and consultation.