Faye Mishna

Professor; The Margaret and Wallace McCain Family Chair in Child and Family; Ph.D., Smith College
Phone Number: 
(416) 978-3255
Research Interests: 
  • Bullying (traditional and cyber)
  • Cyber abuse
  • Cyber counseling/interventions
  • Learning disabilities
  • Systemic, multi-modal interventions
  • Clinical practice

Dr. Faye Mishna is Professor, at the Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto and is 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. Prior to joining the Faculty, she was Clinical Director of Integra, a children’s mental health centre serving children and youth with learning disabilities. She is a Fellow of the International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities. Professor Mishna’s program of research is focused on: bullying; cyber abuse/cyber bullying and cyber counselling; and school-based interventions for students with learning disabilities. An integral component of her research entails collaboration with community agencies and organizations. Her scholarly publications have focused on bullying, social work education and clinical practice.

Professor Mishna is a graduate and faculty member of the Toronto Child Psychoanalytic Program. She maintains a small private practice in psychotherapy and consultation.

Professor Mishna teaches Social Work Practice with Individuals and Families, and Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents; she teaches Advanced Clinical Concepts: Theory, Research and Practice in the Ph.D. program.


Mishna, F., & Van Wert, M. (2015). Bullying in Canada. Oxford University Press.

Mishna, F. (2012). Bullying: A Relationship-Based Guide to Assessment, Prevention, and Intervention. Oxford University Press.

Publications In Refereed Journals: 

Mishna, F., McInroy, L.B., Lacombe-Duncan, A., Bhole, P., VanWert, M., Schwan, K., Birze, A., Daciuk, J., Beran, T., Craig, W., Pepler, D.J., Wiener, J., Khoury-Kassabri, M., & Johnston, D. (in press). Study Protocol: Prevalence, Motivations, and Social, Mental Health and Health Consequences of Cyberbullying Among School-aged Children and Youth: A Longitudinal and Multi-Perspective Mixed Method Study. JMIR Research Protocols, URL: http://www.researchprotocols.org/0000/0/e0/; doi:10.2196/resprot.5292.

Mishna, F., Fantus, S., & McInroy, L. (2016 online). Informal use of information and communication technology: Adjunct to traditional face-to-face social work practice. Clinical Social Work Journal, 1-7.

Mishna, F., Khoury-Kassabri, M., Schwan, K., Wiener, J., Craig, W., Pepler, D., Beran, T., & Daciuk, J. (2016). The Contribution of Social Support to Children and Adolescents’ Self-Perception: The Mediating Role of Bullying Victimization. Children and Youth Services Review, 63, 120-127.

Liu, J., & Mishna, F. (2015). Female Older Intimate Partner Survivors in the Taiwanese Cultural Context. Open Family Studies Journal, Special Issue, Gender family and parenting in the Chinese context, Suppl 2: M4) 77-85.

Smith-Carrier, T., Koffler, T., Mishna, F., Wallwork, A., Daciuk, J., & Zeger, J. (December 2015). Putting your mind at ease: Findings from the Mindfulness Ambassador Council programme in Toronto area schools. Journal of Children’ Services, 10(4), 376-392.

Beran, T.N., Mishna, F., McInroy, L., & Shariff, S. (2015). Children’s experiences of cyber-bullying: A Canadian national study. Children & Schools, 37(4), 207-214.

Mishna, F., Bogo, M., & Sawyer, J. (2015). Cyber counseling: Illuminating benefits and challenges. Clinical Social Work Journal, 43(2), 169-178.

Alaggia, R., & Mishna, F. (2014). Self psychology and male child sexual abuse: Healing relational betrayal. Clinical Social Work Journal, 42(1), 41-48.

Fang, L., Mishna, F., Zhang, V.F., Van Wert, M., & Bogo, M. (2014). Social media and social work education: Understanding and dealing with the new digital world. Social Work in Health Care, 53, 800-814. DOI: 10.1080/00981389.2014.943455

Jenney, A., Mishna, F., Alaggia, R., & Scott, K. (2014). Doing the Right Thing? (Re)Considering risk assessment and safety planning in child protection work with domestic violence cases. Children and Youth Services Review, 47, 92-101.

Mishna, F., Bogo, M., Root, J., & Fantus, S. (2014). Here to Stay: Cyber communication as a complement in social work practice. Families in Society, 95(3), 179-186. DOI: 10.1606/1044-3894.2014.95.2.

Mishna, F., Schwan, K., Lefebrvre, R., Bhole, P., & Johnston, D. (2014). Students in distress: Unanticipated findings in a cyber bullying study. Children and Youth Services Review, 44, 341-348. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.04.010.

Liu, J., & Mishna, F. (2012). Resilience and cultural context: Taiwanese female earthquake survivors. Qualitative Social Work, 33(2), 288-303. DOI.1177/1473325012470694.

Fantus, S., & Mishna, F. (2013). The ethical and clinical implications of utilizing cyber communication in face-to-face therapy. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 83(4), 466-480. DOI: 10.1080/00377317.2013.833049.

Mishna, F., Van Wert, M., & Asakura, K. (2013). The best kept secret in social work practice: Empirical support for psychodynamic social work practice. Journal of Social Work Practice, Special Edition, 27(3), 289-303. doi.org/10.1080/02650533.2013.818944.

Dittrick, C.J., Beran, T., Mishna, F., Hetherington, R., & Shariff, S. (2013). Do children who bully their peers also play violent video games? A Canadian National Study. Journal of School Violence, 12(4), 297-318. DOI:10.1080/15388220.2013.803244.

Fang, L., Bogo, M., Mishna, F., Murphy, L.J., Gibson, M.F., Griffiths, V., & Regehr, G. (2013). Development and initial evaluation of the Cyber-Counseling Objective Structured Clinical Examination (COSCE). Research on Social Work Practice, 23(1), 81-94. DOI: 10.1177/1049731512459966.

Mishna, F., Levine, D., Bogo, M., & Van Wert, M. (2013). Cyber counselling: An innovative field education pilot project. Social Work Education, 32(4), 484-492. DOI.org/10.1080/02615479.2012.685066.

Mishna, F., Tufford, L., Cook, C., & Bogo, M. (2013). Research Note—A pilot cyber counselling course in a graduate social work program. Journal of Social Work Education, 49(3), 515-524. DOI: 10.1080/10437797.2013.796855.

Saini, M., Mishna, F., Barnes, J., Polak, S. (2013). Parenting online: Virtual parenting time in the context of separation and divorce. Journal of Child Custody 10(2), 120-140. DOI: 10.1080/15379418.2013.796265

Beran, T., Stanton, L., Hetherington, R., Mishna, F., & Shariff, S. (2012). Development of the Bullying and Health Experiences Scale. Interactive Journal of Medical Research, 1(2):e13. doi: 10.2196/ijmr.1835.

Mishna, F. (2012). Introduction to the special section on research on social work practice in Canada. Research on Social Work Practice, 22(2), 203-203. DOI:10.1177/1049731511435448.

Mishna, F., Bogo, M., Root, J., Sawyer, J., & Khoury-kassabri, M. (2012). “It just crept in”: The digital age and implications for social work practice. Clinical Social Work Journal, 40(3), 277-286. DOI 10.1007/s10615-012-0383-4.

Mishna, F., Khoury-Kassabri, M., Gadalla, T., & Daciuk, J. (2012). Risk factors for involvement in cyber bullying: Victims, bullies and bully-victims. Children and Youth Service Review, 34, 63-70.

Mishna, F., Muskat, B., & Cook, C. (2012). Anticipating Challenges: School-based social work intervention research. Children & Schools, 34(3), 135-144. doi: 10.1093/cs/cds002

Mishna, F., Morrison, J., Basarke, S., & Cook. C. (2012). Expanding the playroom: School-based treatment for maltreated children. Psychoanalytic Social Work, Special Issue: Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, 19(1-2), 70-90. DOI: 1080/15228878.2012.666483

Bogo, M., Mishna, , & Regehr, C. (2011). Competency frameworks: Bridging education and practice. Canadian Social Work Review: Forum Section on Competency, 28(2), 275-279. Invited paper.

Liu, J., & Mishna, F. (2011). Female high school dropouts: A relational view. Asia Pacific Journal of Social Work and Development, 21(2), 46-61.

Mishna, F., Cook, C., Saini, M., Wu, M-J., & MacFadden, R. (2011). Interventions to prevent and reduce cyber abuse of youth: A systematic review. Research on Social Work Practice, 21(1), 5-14.

Mishna, F., Muskat, B. Farnia, F., & Wiener, J. (2011). The effects of a school-based program on the reported self-advocacy knowledge of students with learning disabilities. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 57(2), 185-203.

Morrison, J., Mishna, F., Cook, C., & Aitken, G. (2011). Family visits: The perceptions of child protection workers, foster parents and children who are Crown Wards. Children and Youth Services Review, 33(9), 1476-1482.

Lee, E., Mishna, F., & Brennenstuhl, S. (2010). How to critically review case studies in social work practice. Research on Social Work Practice, 20(6), 682-689.

Litvack, A., Bogo, M., & Mishna, F. (2010). Emotional reactions of students in clinical field     education: An exploratory study. Journal of Social Work Education, 46(2), 227-243.

Mishna, F., Cook, C., Gadalla, T., Daciuk, J., & Solomon, S. (2010). Cyber bullying behaviors among middle and high school students. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 80(3), 362-374.

Mishna, F., Cook, C., Saini, M., Wu, M-J., & MacFadden, R. (2010). Interventions to prevent and reduce cyber abuse of youth: A systematic review. Research in Social Work Practice, DOI: 10.1177/1049731509351988. (print version in press).

Mishna, F., Muskat, B., & Wiener, J. (2010). ‘I’m not lazy, it’s just that I learn differently’: Development and implementation of a manualized school-based group for students with LD. Social Work with Groups, , 33 (2), 139-159.

Mishna, F., Pepler, D., Cook, C., Craig, W., & Wiener, J. (2010). The ongoing problem of bullying in Canada: A ten-year perspective. Canadian Social Work, 12(2), 43-59.

Muskat, B., Mishna, F., Farnia, F., & Wiener, J. (2010). “We may not like it but we guess we have to do it”: Bringing agency-based staff on board with evidence-based group work. Social Work with Groups., 33(2), 229-247.

Draper, K., Siegel, C., White, J., Solis, C.M., & Mishna, F. (2009). Preschoolers, parents, and teachers (PPT): A preventive intervention with an at-risk population. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 59(2), 221-242.

Mishna, F., Saini, M., & Solomon, S. (2009). Ongoing and online: Children and youth’s perceptions of cyber bullying. Children and Youth Services Review, doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2009.05.004 (print version in press).

Mishna, F., McLuckie, A., & Saini, M. (2009). Real world dangers in an online reality: A qualitative study examining online relationships and cyber abuse. Social Work Research, 33(2), 107-118.

Mishna, F. (2008). An overview of the evidence on bullying prevention and intervention programs. Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention, 8(4). (print version in press).

Mishna, F., Wiener, J., & Pepler, D. (2008). Some of my best friends: Experiences of bullying within friendships. School Psychology International, 29(5), 549-573.

Rasmussen, B., & Mishna, F. (2008). A fine balance: Instructors’ self-disclosure in the classroom. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 12(1/2), 191-207.

Daley, A., Solomon, S., Newman, P., & Mishna, F. (2007). Traversing the margins: Intersectionalities in the bullying of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 19(3/4), 9-29.

Levine, D., & Mishna F. (2007). A self psychological and relational approach to group therapy for university students with bulimia. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 57(2), 167-185.

Mishna, F. (2007). Meeting them where they are: Intensive school-based psychotherapy for children who have been maltreated. Psychoanalytic Social Work, 14(2), 15-42.

Mishna, F., & Bogo, M. (2007). Reflective practice in contemporary social work classrooms. Journal of Social Work Education, 43(3), 529-541.

Mishna, F., Newman, P., Daley, A., & Solomon, S. (2007 online). Bullying of lesbian and gay youth: A qualitative investigation. British Journal of Social Work, 1-17. (print version in press).

Ringel, S., & Mishna, F. (2007). Beyond avoidance and secrecy: Using students’ practice to teach ethics. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 27(1/2), 251-269.

Cummings, J., Pepler, D., Mishna, F., & Craig, W. (2006). Bullying and victimization among students with Exceptionalities. Exceptionality Education Canada, 16(3), 193-222.

Mishna, F., Pepler, D., & Wiener, J. (2006). Factors associated with perceptions and responses to bullying situations by children, parents, teachers and principals. Victims and Offenders, 1(3), 255-288.

Morrison, J., & Mishna, F. (2006). Knowing the child: An ecological approach to the treatment of children in foster care. Clinical Social Work Journal, 34(4), 467-481.

Mishna, F., Scarcello, I., Pepler, D., & Wiener, J. (2005). Teachers’ understanding of bullying. Canadian Journal of Education, 28(4), 718-738.

Mishna, F. (2005). The application of self psychology to therapeutic camps. Psychoanalytic Social Work, 12(1), 51-71.

Mishna, F., & Alaggia, R. (2005). Weighing the risks: A child’s decision to disclose peer victimization. Children & Schools, 27(4), 217-226.

Amerongen, M., & Mishna, F. (2004). Learning disabilities and behaviour problems: A self psychological and intersubjective approach to working with parents. Psychoanalytic Social Work, 11(2), 33-53.

Mishna, F. (2004). A qualitative study of bullying from multiple perspectives. Children & Schools, 26(4), 234-247.

Mishna, F., Antle, B.J., & Regehr, C. (2004). Tapping the perspectives of children: Emerging ethical issues in qualitative research. Qualitative Social Work: Research and Practice, 3(4), 449-468.

Mishna, F., & Muskat, B. (2004). School-based group treatment for students with learning disabilities: A collaborative approach. Children & Schools, 26(3), 135-150.

Mishna, F., & Muskat, B. (2004). “I’m not the only one!” Group therapy for children and adolescents with learning disabilities. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 54(4), 455-476.

Michalski, J., Mishna, F., Worthington, C., & Cummings, R. (2003). A multi-method impact evaluation of a therapeutic summer camp program. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 20(1), 53-76.

Mishna, F. (2003). Peer victimization: The case for social work intervention. Families in Society, 84(4), 513-522.

Mishna, F. (2003). Learning disabilities and bullying: Double jeopardy. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 36(4), 336-347.

Mishna, F., Regehr, C., & Antle, B.J. (2003). Canadian legal and ethical parameters for working with suicidal clients. Canadian Social Work, 5(1), 17-28.

Rasmussen, B., & Mishna, F. (2003). The relevance of psychodynamic theories to teaching social work. Smith College Studies in Social Work, 74, 31-47.

Mishna, F., Antle, B.J., & Regehr, C. (2002). Social work with clients contemplating suicide: Complexity and ambiguity in the clinical, ethical and legal considerations. Clinical Social Work Journal, 30(3), 265-280.

Mishna, F., Muskat, B., & Schamess, G. (2002). Food for thought: The use of food in group therapy with children and adolescents. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 52(1), 27-47.

Mishna, F., Michalski, J., & Cummings, R. (2001). Camps as social work interventions: Returning to our roots. Social Work with Groups, 24(3/4), 153-171.

Mishna, F., & Muskat, B. (2001). Social group work for young offenders with learning disabilities. Social Work with Groups, 24(3/4), 11-31.

Mishna, F., & Rasmussen, B. (2001). The learning relationship: Working through disjunctions in the classroom. Clinical Social Work Journal, 29(4), 387-399.

Mishna, F., & Muskat, B. (1998). Group therapy for boys with features of asperger syndrome and concurrent learning disabilities: Finding a peer group. Journal of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy, 8(3), 97-114.

Mishna, F. (1996). In their own words: Therapeutic factors for adolescents who have learning disabilities. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 46, 265-273.

Mishna, F. (1996). Finding their voice: group therapy for adolescents with learning disabilities. Learning Disabilities Research & Practice, 11, 249-258.

Mishna, F., Kaiman, J., Little, S., & Tarshis, E. (1994). Group therapy with adolescents who have learning disabilities and social/emotional problems. Journal of Child and Adolescent Group Therapy, 4, 117-131.

Stirtzinger, R., & Mishna, F. (1994). The borderline family in the borderline child — understanding and managing the noise. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 39, 333-340.