Skip to Main Content

Dexter R. Voisin


Professor & Dean
Sandra Rotman Chair in Social Work
PhD, Columbia School of Social Work


Phone Number: 

For appointments and scheduling contact:

For media inquiries and bio picture contact:

View media

Full Bio: 
Research Interests: 
  • Neighborhood and police violence
  • Race, racism and structural inequality
  • Trauma and resiliency
  • Adolescent STIs/HIV

Professor Voisin was appointed Dean of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work in 2019. He holds the Sandra Rotman Chair in Social Work. Prior to these appointments, he was at the University of Chicago for two decades where he was a Professor of Social Work and Faculty Affiliate at the Center for the Study of Race, Culture, and Politics and the Center for Health and the Social Sciences. He was also the Director of the STI/HIV Intervention Network (SHINE) and Co-Director of the Chicago Center for HIV Elimination (CCHE).

A central focus of Voisin’s research is examining the impact of structural, neighborhood, and police violence on the behavioral and health trajectories of racialized youth and the factors that promote resiliency in the presence of such underlying adversities. He is the author of more than 155-peer reviewed publications, has secured more than 10 million dollars in research funding, and is a regular contributor to local and international media. His research has informed public policy in the State of Illinois and he is recognized as one of the most influential and cited Black scholars in top-tier schools of social work in North America.

His latest project is a book entitled America the Beautiful and Violent: Black Youth and Neighborhood Trauma in Chicago, which was published by Columbia University Press in August 2019.

Voisin has more than 28 years of post-M.S.W. clinical experience. He earned his B.A. (psychology, cum laude) from St. Andrews College, M.S.W. from the University of Michigan, and Ph.D. from Columbia University School of Social Work.