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Dexter R. Voisin


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


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  • Neighborhood and police violence
  • Race, racism and structural inequality
  • Trauma and resiliency
  • Adolescent STIs/HIV

Professor Voisin has served as Dean of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work since July 1, 2019. He holds the Sandra Rotman Chair in Social Work. Prior to his appointment at the University of Toronto, he was Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago for two decades where he was a 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). Professor Voisin received his B.A. (psychology, cum laude) from St. Andrews College, M.S.W. (practice) from the University of Michigan, and Ph.D. (advanced practice) from Columbia University School of Social Work.

A central focus of Voisin’s scholarship is examining the impact of structural and neighborhood violence on a wide range of youth problem behaviors and the impact of gender on risk and protective youth trajectories. His research demonstrates that the problems of neighborhood violence exposure are correlated with youth mental health problems, school failure, negative peer networks, and high rates of HIV-related risk behaviors, which are interconnected outcomes in the lives of adolescents, particularly those who live in urban communities. His latest project is a book entitled America the Beautiful and Violent: Black Youth and Neighbourhood Trauma in Chicago, published August 2019.

Dr. Voisin has more than 28 years of post-M.S.W. clinical experience in the areas of substance abuse, adult psychopathology, and adolescent and family therapy. His expertise and research findings have been frequently cited by numerous members of the international, national, and local media.