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Dexter Voisin, PhD

Inducted in 2021

Co-Chair, Nominations and Elections Committee

Current Position

Dean and the Sandra Rotman Chair in Social Work, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto



Professor Voisin is Dean of the University of Toronto’s Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, and the Sandra Rotman Chair in Social Work. Prior to his appointment at U of T, he was Professor at the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago for two decades. Voisin’s scholarship illuminates the impact of structural, neighborhood and police violence on the life chances and behavioral outcomes of urban youth and the factors that protect youth in the presence of such adversities. His latest project is a book entitled America the Beautiful and Violent: Black Youth and Neighborhood Trauma in Chicago, published by Columbia University Press in August 2019. Recognized as one of the most influential and cited Black scholars in top tier schools of social work in North America, Voisin has published more than 145-peer reviewed publications and secured more than 10 million dollars in research funding. 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. He earned 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.

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