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Inequality is a major source of offending and human suffering. For example, in Canada, an estimated 47,000 youth between the ages 16 to 24 experience homelessness each year, and as a result face barriers to education, income support, paid employment and accommodation. Further, a significant number of these youth will experience mental health issues, creating even greater obstacles to overcome. Understanding this inequality and its connection to crime and mental health, particularly among youth, as well as establishing community partnerships and research collaborations to help break these cycles, drives the work of Tyler Frederick, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities. Buoyed by the resiliency of these youth, he draws light to the complicated issues surrounding homelessness and poverty and develops key initiatives to affect change. Before joining UOIT in 2014, Dr. Frederick held a two-year post-doctoral fellowship with the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto where he conducted research on the risks and vulnerabilities of young people as they exit homelessness. The results of this study were shared through a participant-created comic book called a Long Way to Go. As an Affiliate Scientist with CAMH’s Complex Mental Illness Research Program, and in partnership with Convenant House, LOFT Community Services and SKETCH, he is currently creating and evaluating an intervention to support young people exiting homelessness to maintain their housing. His novel approach to knowledge mobilization is also reflected in his involvement with two documentary films: Hope Heights, an award-winning film that challenges the negative representations of one of Toronto’s targeted neighbourhoods; and Inclusive Spaces, a short film that spotlights businesses that model inclusivity for people with serious mental illness and encourages others to follow their lead. Dr. Frederick's research also focuses on sexual victimization and reporting experiences of students, faculty and staff on campus. He aims to develop best practices for police services and post-secondary institutions to deal jointly with issues of campus sexual violence and harassment. Fascinated by the processes of social construction, and inspired by the sociological lens, Dr. Frederick completed his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Calgary, and both his Master of Arts and Doctorate in Sociology from the University of Toronto.


Weston Foundation Post-doctoral Fellow, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

January 1, 2014

Dr. Frederick’s post-doctoral fellowship focused on two projects, a longitudinal and mixed method study of the risks and vulnerabilities of 51 young people in two major Canadian cities as they exited homelessness. As an Affiliate Scientist in CAMH’s Complex Mental Illness Research Program, he continues to work collaboratively with CAMH, Covenant House, LOFT Community Services and SKETCH to design and evaluate an intervention to support the post-housing transition.

Assistant Producer, Hope Heights Documentary Film

January 1, 2014

Official Selection at the Regent Park Film Festival, Hope Heights received the Gold Award at the International Movie Awards.

Inclusive Spaces Initiative, Documentary Short Film

December 1, 2014

This documentary short includes inclusive spaces certificates, and KT presentations at Parkdale Community Centre and Wellesley Institute to share findings of the Community Participation Project and to promote public awareness of the need for spaces that are welcoming for people with serious mental illness including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

University of Toronto

PhD - Sociology

University of Toronto

MA - Sociology

University of Calgary

BA - Sociology
  • Increasing Literacies Through Supported Education and Policies of Inclusion

    $169389  | April 1, 2016

    Awarded by: SSHRC Insight Grant
    Dr. Frederick is a co-investigator on this five-year research project with UOIT faculty to examine supported education programs for adults at psychiatric hospitals across Canada.

  • A Mixed Methods Study of the Sexual Victimization and Reporting Experiences of Students, Faculty and Staff at a Diverse Commuter University in Ontario

    $15048  | January 1, 2016

    Awarded by: Ontario Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
    This research involves an online survey and in-depth interviews with UOIT faculty, staff and students to assess views on sexual violence and harassment on campus. Survey results will be used to guide the development of new polices in this area.

  • A Collaboration with Durham Regional Police Service to Study How Post-Secondary Institutions and Police Collaborate Around Issues of Sexual Violence and Harassment

    $25115  | January 1, 2016

    Awarded by: Durham Regional Police Association
    Building on the mixed methods study, this project will review research and stakeholder interviews to guide the development of best practices for collaboration between police and post-secondary institutions in dealing with sexual violence and harassment on university campuses.

  • Developing a Strategy to Support Youth Exiting Homelessness

    $400000  | January 1, 2015

    Awarded by: Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services
    Co-principal investigator in collaboration with CAMH, the Wellesley Institute, and the Toronto Homeless Youth Transitions Collaborative. The initiative involves creating and evaluating an intervention that supports youth to maintain their housing and to prevent the needless cycling of youth back through the emergency shelter system. The initiative provides youth with engagement opportunities through the arts, peer support, mental health support and counselling, and transition-focused case-management.

  • Ontario Government Poverty Reduction Strategy: Evaluation of the Community Innovation Lab NEET Youth Incubator Program

    $67600  | January 1, 2015

    Awarded by: Government of Ontario
    This three-year research project is aimed at evaluating the government’s Community Innovation Lab which uses entrepreneurship models and training to engage youth who are Not in Employment Education or Training (NEET) or underemployed. Results of the research may be used to gain broader insight about those who are NEET in Durham Region and ways to help them overcome barriers.

  • Development of an App-based Game to Teach the Public About Inequality

    $5000  | January 1, 2015

    Awarded by: SSHRC Small Research Grant
    As principal investigator, Dr. Frederick's research focuses on the development of an app-based game around inequality and how it shapes life chances. It explores the challenges faced by living day to day on the streets.

  • Canadian Sociological Association

  • American Sociological Association

  • The American Society of Criminology


  • Past speaking engagements
    • Mental Health, Well-Being, and the Transition Away from Homelessness

      Vancouver, British Columbia
      November 3, 2014

      2014 Annual Meeting of Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness

    • Defining Community for Persons with Psychosis

      Vancouver, British Columbia
      June 5, 2014

      2014 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Psychological Association

    • Exiting Street Life: Youth Trajectories out of Homelessness

      Ottawa, Ontario
      October 28, 2013

      Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness National Conference

    • Homeless and Fabulous: Outline of a Field Approach to Street Life

      Las Vegas, Nevada
      August 19, 2011

      2011 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association

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