Cheryl Regehr
Vice-President and Provost

Simcoe Hall
27 King’s College Circle, Room 225
Toronto, ON  M5S 1A1

Tel.: 416-978-2122

Cheryl Regehr is the Vice-President and Provost for the University of Toronto. Former Dean of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, she is a Professor in the Faculty of Social Work, and has cross-appointments to the Faculty of Law and the Institute for Medical Sciences at University of Toronto.

Professor Regehr’s practice background includes over 20 years of direct service in forensic social work and emergency mental health and in the administration of mental health programs, specializing in civil litigation and criminal court assessments of trauma victims and violent offenders, and organizationally based trauma interventions. She was the director of the Crisis Response Team at Pearson International Airport, served on the mental health advisory for the Department of National Defence and Veteran’s Affairs Canada, and currently is a member of the CIHR Mental Health Advisory Group for COVID-19. In 2004, she was awarded the Amicus Award by the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law for her contributions to forensic mental health.

Professor Regehr’s six books and over 150 scholarly articles focus on forensic mental health; trauma and recovery; and stress, trauma and decision-making in high stress professions. This research was has been recognized by the International Campbell Collaboration for Systematic Reviews and the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Her current SSHRC funded research projects involve testing a new model for improving professional decision-making in situations of risk and uncertainty; and understanding trauma in archivists. A further project explores the impact of video evidence of violent crime on those involved in the justice system.

PhD, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto (1995)
MSW, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto (1980)
BA, Department of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University (1978)
Academic appointments
Professor, Faculty of Social Work (1999-present)
Cross-appointed Faculty Member, Faculty of Law (2002-present)
Member, Institute for Medical Science (1998-present)
Awards and distinctions
Doctor of Letters (Honorary), Wilfrid Laurier University (2017)
Angela Hildyard Leadership Award, Senior Academic Administrators of Canada (2017)
International Campbell Collaboration for Systematic Reviews, Leonard Gibbs Award (2013)
Amicus Award (for contributions to forensic psychiatry), American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law (2004)
Sandra Rotman Chair, Faculty of Social Work (2003-2009)
Teacher of the year, Faculty of Social Work (2001, 2002, 2003)
Other service
Centre for Research Libraries, Chicago (2016-2020)
University Health Network- Board of Trustees (2009-2020)
CIHR Mental Health Advisory on COVID-19 (2020)
Council of Ontario Universities - Quality Council (2010-2013)
Department of National Defence and Veterans Affairs Canada - Mental Health Advisory Group (2009-2010)
Baycrest Health Sciences Centre - Board of Directors (2008-2011)
Selected publications

Glancy, G. & Regehr, C. (2020) Canadian Landmark Cases in Forensic Mental Health.  Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 

Regehr, C. (2018) Stress, Trauma and Decision-Making for Social Work.  New York: Columbia University Press.

Regehr, C. & Kanani, K. (2015/2010/2006) Essential Law for Social Work Practice in Canada. Toronto: Oxford University Press 

Regehr, C. & Glancy, G. (2021/2014/2010) Mental Health Social Work in Canada.  Toronto: Oxford University Press. 

Research areas
Health Law