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Professor Cheryl Regehr named named a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences

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Cheryl Regehr headshotFactor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work Professor Cheryl Regehr has been announced a 2023 Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS) in recognition of her leadership, creativity, and commitment to advancing academic health sciences. Regehr is one of thirteen University of Toronto researchers that have been named fellows this year.

“The University of Toronto congratulates these leading researchers on this important recognition of their work,” Barbara Fallon, U of T’s associate vice-president, research, told U of T Celebrates. “This reaffirms what we saw in the recent Nature rankings, which placed U of T second in the world among health sciences research universities, and the recent NTU rankings, which placed U of T second among the world’s top research universities in the category of medicine.

“Across disciplines, fuelled by the collaboration between the 14 research hospitals in the Toronto Academic Health Science Network (TAHSN), these researchers are making discoveries and advancements that have a real impact on the some of the most complex health challenges facing Canadians.”

The CAHS Fellowship is considered one of the highest honours for members of the Canadian health sciences community. Drawn from all disciplines across Canada’s universities, healthcare and research institutes, CAHS Fellows are tasked with evaluating Canada’s most complex health challenges and recommending strategic, actionable solutions. An induction ceremony will for the 2023 Fellows will take place October 24th in Ottawa.

Earlier this year, Regehr, who has served a U of T’s U of T’s Vice-President and Provost for a decade, was also named a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. 

She has been listed among the top most impactful global contributors to social work journal scholarship, placing 19th overall, according to a 2022 study published in the Journal Research on Social Work Practice. The study also noted that she, along with 23 other top social work scholars, were among the top 100,000 scientists in the world — across all fields.

In 2022, Regehr was recognized with a YWCA Toronto Women of Distinction Award, created to celebrate extraordinary women who advance gender equity in a range of areas including business, education, social justice, advocacy, health, arts and philanthropy.

In January 2023, Regehr announced that she would be stepping down from her position as Vice-President and Provost as of December 31, 2023. Prior to being appointed Provost, she held positions as U of T’s Vice-Provost Academic Programs and as Dean of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work.