Dr. Alex Abramovich

Independent Scientist in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Dr. Alex Abramovich is a researcher who has been addressing the issues of LGBTQ2S youth homelessness for the past 10 years. Alex works at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Ontario.

Alex is an internationally recognized leader in the area of LGBTQ2S youth homelessness.

Alex completed his Doctorate at the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Alex’s PhD study investigated what is 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 LGBTQ2S youth. This study 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. This study was part of a large program of work that Alex has created in order to address and hopefully end LGBTQ2S youth homelessness in Canada.

Alex’s research has been highlighted extensively by the media, including, The Current, CBC, The Toronto Star, CBC Ottawa, NOW Magazine, and the Huffington Post.

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 LGBTQ2S people experiencing homelessness as knowledge makers and creators. Alex is interested in youth culture, homelessness and health care, community engagement, and film-based methods. For more information, please visit: www.ilona6.com

  • Work
    • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Education
    • University of Toronto
    • Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE)