Alex Abramovich

Toronto, ON
Organization/University:Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Department:Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, Re: Searching for LGBTQ Health

Dr. Alex Abramovich has been addressing the issue of LGBTQ2S youth homelessness for the past 10 years. Alex is a nationally recognized leader in the area of LGBTQ2S youth homelessness and is one of few Canadian researchers studying the phenomenon of queer and trans youth homelessness.

Alex is an Independent Scientist at the Institute for Mental Health Policy Research, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. His program of research focuses on LGBTQ2S youth homelessness and access to support services and housing programs, mental health, institutional erasure, systemic homophobia and transphobia, and the ways that broader policy issues serve to create oppressive contexts for LGBTQ2S youth. Alex's research has made it possible for the voices of LGBTQ2S youth experiencing homelessness to be heard in the context of a critical public health and social justice problem.

Alex’s research has been highlighted extensively by the media, including, The Current, CBC, The Toronto Star, NOW Magazine, and the Huffington Post. Most importantly, this work is having an impact on practice and policy and he has been working with municipal and provincial government to help address the needs of LGBTQ2S youth experiencing homelessness.

Alex is committed to research that successfully and ethically engages the community and situates LGBTQ2S people experiencing homelessness as knowledge makers and creators, and to continuing to work towards ending LGBTQ2S youth homelessness in Canada.

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Current Research Projects:Outcomes for Youth Living in Canada’s First LGBTQ2S Transitional Housing Program
Methodological Expertise:Qualitative Research, Critical Action Research, Critical Ethnography, Institutional Ethnography, Community-Based Research, Film and Visual-Based Methods
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