Dexter R. Voisin

Dexter R. Voisin is an expert in examining the impact of community violence on a wide range of problem behaviors, and the impact of gender on risk and protective youth trajectories. His fields of special interest include community violence exposure, adolescent sexual risk behaviors, the role of gender in adapting to risks, international HIV prevention, and social work practice. His research demonstrates that the problems of community violence exposure are correlated with youth mental health problems, school failure, negative peer networks, and high rates of HIV-related risk behaviors, which are interconnected outcomes in the lives of adolescents, particularly those who live in urban communities.

His upcoming book, America the Beautiful and Violent: Black Youth and Neighborhood Trauma in Chicago provides a compelling and social justice-oriented analysis of current trends in neighborhood violence in light of the historical and structural factors that have reproduced entrenched patterns of racial and economic inequality. 

Prof. Voisin’s expertise and research findings have been frequently cited by members of the media and including delivering a number of keynote speeches. He has also written more than 120 peer-reviewed publications and is co-editor of the Journal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services.

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