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Dr. Alex Ilona Abramovich completed his Ph.D. in the Adult Education and Community Development program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto, and his Master’s in the Critical Disability Studies program at York University.

Alex currently works at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in the Community Based Research Postdoctoral Fellowship Program, where he is leading a study that focuses on LGBTQ2 youth homelessness and access to mental health services.

Alex has been working in the area of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, and queer (LGBTQ) youth homelessness for almost 10 years. Alex is a nationally recognized leader in the area of LGBTQ youth homelessness and is one of few Canadian researchers studying the phenomenon of queer and trans youth homelessness.

Alex’s Ph.D. study investigated what is holding up and sustaining the homophobia and transphobia in Toronto’s shelter system, how homophobia and transphobia occurs and is managed in the shelter system, and how broader policy issues serve to create oppressive contexts for LGBTQ youth. This study made it possible for the voices of LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness to be heard in the context of a critical public health and social justice problem. This study was part of a large program of work that Alex has created in order to address and hopefully end LGBTQ youth homelessness in Canada.

Alex’s research has been highlighted extensively by the media, including, The Current, CBC, The Toronto Star, NOW Magazine, CBC Ottawa, and the Huffington Post. Most importantly, this work is having an impact on policy and Alex has been working with City Council at the City of Toronto to help find solutions to issues regarding LGBTQ youth homelessness.

Alex’s research is grounded in the elements of Critical Action Research, Critical Ethnography, and Institutional Ethnography. He is committed to research that successfully and ethically engages the community and situates LGBTQ young people experiencing homelessness as knowledge makers and creators. He is interested in youth culture, homelessness and health care, community engagement, and film-based methods.

Alex is extremely passionate about his professional and academic work. He also thoroughly enjoys gardening, swimming, and painting.