Faculty in the News

Prof. Barbara Fallon uses data to help front-line workers


For over 20 years, Dr. Barbara Fallon, Associate Professor in the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work has been gathering data, both provincially and nationally, to help front-line workers address the needs of kids in the child welfare system.

In one study, she and her co-authors found that just four per cent of maltreatment cases involved physical abuse requiring medical attention. They suggested child welfare services may be focusing on rapid intervention to prevent physical harm instead of a broader assessment of a child’s needs.

More recently, she and her colleagues have looked at the overrepresentation of First Nations children in care. The rate of child maltreatment investigations is more than four times higher among First Nations children, the researchers found, using data from 2008. “The root cause is colonialism,” she says.

Fallon gathers information knowing that behind the statistics are real children and families in need of support.

Kenn Richard honoured with the Jane Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award

  KENN RICHARD – Founding Executive Director, Native Child and Family Services of Toronto Kenn receives this Award for […]

UofT VP and Provost Cheryl Regehr to receive honorary degree from Wilfrid Laurier University

Cheryl Regehr, University of Toronto’s vice-president and provost, will be awarded an honorary degree at Wilfrid Laurier University today for her work as a community builder, social worker, educator and researcher.

Professor Faye Mishna, dean of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, and U of T President Meric Gertler, nominated Regehr for the honour, calling her a “mental health champion” and praising her impressive career as a social worker and academic.


Prof. Keith Adamson recipient of Wilfrid Laurier University 30 in 30 Award

  In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), the […]

Prof. Lynn McDonald named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada

  Lynn McDonald is a Canadian pioneer in gerontology who has led the national dialogue on aging […]

Prof. Carmen Logie interviewed by UofT News on two provincially funded projects.

Professor Logie’s initiatives have the potential to reduce the growing number of young women in Canada with sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV.

Prof. Shelley Craig and PhD Student, Gio Iacono publish on impact of intersectionality among social work students

Discrimination toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) social work students can negatively affect academic performance and personal and professional identity development. Intersectionality is a conceptual approach that states that social identities interact to form different meanings and experiences from those that could be explained by a single identity. This study explored how the educational experiences of LGBTQ social work students in the United States and Canada influenced their professional and personal identities. Using an intersectional analysis, three major themes emerged: the need for social work programs to better promote LGBTQ identity and emerging social work professional identity integration, a lack of LGBTQ content in the curriculum, and unsupportive LGBTQ school climates. Implications for social work education are considered.

Prof. Rupaleem Bhuyan’s Migrant Mothers Project cited by the Toronto Star “Advocates hail end to conditional spousal visa”

Prof. Bhuyan discusses “The Collision of Racism, Xenophobia and Violence Against Women”

  Professor Rupaleem Bhuyan joined Rania El Mugammar for a webinar to discuss “The Collision of Racism, […]

Prof. Cheryl Regehr receives 2017 Angela Hildyard Recognition Award

  Professor Cheryl Regehr, Vice-President and Provost of the University of Toronto and former Dean of the […]