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 Board of Trustees for the University Health Network. 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 four books and over 100 scholarly articles focus on three intersecting issues: trauma and recovery; social work practice and competency; and stress, trauma and decision-making in emergency service professions. This research was recently recognized by the Campbell Collaboration with the 2013 Leonard Gibbs Award for outstanding review in social welfare, and by the Journal of Social Work Education for best empirical article (qualitative) for 2012. Her current SSHRC funded research examines factors that influence social workers’ assessment of suicide risk.

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
Leonard Gibbs Award for outstanding review in social welfare (2013)
Journal of Social Work Education for best empirical article (qualitative) (2012)
Beverley Antle Award for Leadership, Ontario Association of Social Workers (2011)
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
Council of Ontario Universities - Quality Council (2010-2013)
Department of National Defence and Veterans Affairs Canada - Mental Health Advisory Group (2009-2010)
University Health Network- Board of Trustees (2009-2012)
Baycrest Health Sciences Centre - Board of Directors (2008-2011)
Selected publications

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

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

Regehr, C., Alaggia, R., Dennis, J., Pitts, A. & Saini, M. (2013) Interventions to Reduce Distress in Adult Victims of Rape and Sexual Violence: A Systematic Review. Research on Social Work Practice. 23(3) 255 - 263

Regehr, C., LeBlanc, V., Shlonsky, A. & Bogo, M. (2010) The Influence of Clinicians' Previous Trauma Exposure on their Assessment of Child Abuse Risk. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.198(9) 614-618

Alaggia, R., Regehr, C. & Rishchynsky, G. (2009) Intimate Partner Violence and Immigration Laws in Canada: How Far Have We Come? International Journal of Law and Psychiatry.32 (6) 335-341.

Research areas
Health Law