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Richard Volpe

Richard Volpe

phone: (416) 934-4511
email: rvolpe@oise.utoronto.ca  
email: richard.volpe@utoronto.ca  
website: https://wordpress.oise.utoronto.ca/richardvolpe/

Applied Psychology and Human Development

Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study

Research Overview

Much of my recent research involves the finding, casing, and evaluating exemplary programs in health and prevention science. Currently, I am investigating how historical and contemporary fears impact children's sense of wellbeing. Previous studies have included an evaluation of a province-wide investigations of a multiple hospital and community program to prevent inflicted infant head trauma, the development of a public health initiative to prevent children's injuries.

Academic History

Laidlaw Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Toronto, Hospital for Sick Children, 1970-71
Ph.D. University of Alberta, Social Psychology, 1967-70
M.A Kent State University, Sociology, 1966-67
B.A. University of Akron, Psychology, 1962-66

Teaching Overview

APD2200 Child Study
APD1256 Child Abuse: Intervention and Prevention
APD1279 Preventative Interventions for Children at Risk
APD1201 Child and Adolescent Development
APD3201 Qualitative Methods
APD3204 History and Systems of Psychology

Representative Publications

Volpe, R. (2020) (Editor) Casebook of traumatic injury prevention. New York: Springer-Verlag.

Volpe, R. (In process, Accepted with revision) The prevention of falls in mid-life and beyond.


Volpe, R. (2010, 2011, & in process, new expanded edition) The secure child. Charlotte, N.C., Information Age Publishing.

Volpe, R., Smeh, D., Thompson. K. and Davidson, C. (2014) Addiction Recovery Management. Vaughn, Ont.: Vitanova Foundation.

Volpe, R. (2013) Casebook of exemplary evidenced informed programs that foster community participation after brain injury. Charlotte, N.C., Information Age Publishing.

Volpe, R. (2012 Electronic) Casebook of exemplary evidenced informed programs that foster community participation after brain injury. Toronto: ONF.

Volpe, R. (In Process) The Prevention of Falls in Healthcare Settings.

Lewko, J., & Volpe, R. (2009). Learning to Work Safely: A Guide for Managers and Educators. Charlotte, N.C., Information Age Publishing.

Volpe, R. & Lewko, J.(2008) The prevention of sports injury, Toronto : ONF.

Volpe, R. & Lewko, J. (2008) Science and sustainability in the prevention of serious injury, ONF: Toronto.

Volpe, R. (2007) Best practices in the prevention of re-injury. Toronto: ONF.

Volpe, R. & Lewko, J. (2006) Sourcebook of evidence-based practices in the prevention of injuries. Toronto: ONF.

Evans, P., Hurrell, P., Volpe, R., Stewart, M (Editors). Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, CERI, Children and Families at Risk Series, Paris, France. (Reprinted 2007).

Volpe, R. , Talwar, S., & Hunter, A. (2006). Juvenile Prostitution in Toronto. Toronto: SEEACT

Volpe, R. & Lewko, J (2006). Road-related neurotrauma and road safety: Opportunities and challenges for prevention science (revised for 2007).

Volpe, R. & Lewko, J. (2006). Preventing neurotrauma: A casebook of evidenced based practices, ONF: Toronto.

Volpe, R., Lewko, J.H., & Batra, A. (2002).  A compendium of effective, evidence-based best practices in prevention of neurotrauma. Toronto, Canada:  University of Toronto Press.

Research Grants and Contracts

2011-2018 Individual ONF & MOH
2009-2010 Individual Health Canada
2008-2009 Group Children and Youth
2007-2009 Group NIOSH
2006-2008 Group ONF

Honours and Awards

Laidlaw Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Toronto (Hospital for Sick Children, Clarke Institute of Psychiatry), Toronto, Ontario 1970-1971.
University Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Behavioral Science Program (Glenrose Provincial Hospital; Centre for the Advanced Study of Theoretical Psychology), University of Alberta 1967-1970.
Fellow of The American Orthopsychiatric Association, New York, New, York.

Professional Activities

Chair, Evidence Based Practice Committee, Ontario Public Health Association.
Member, The Atkinson Centre, HDAP/OISE, University of Toronto.
Member, Laidlaw Foundation, Toronto, Ontario.
Projects Director, Life Span Adaptation Projects, University of Toronto.
Chair, Research Committee, Bloorview School Authority, Toronto, Ontario.
Member, Board of Trustees, Bloorview School Authority, Toronto, Ontario.
Member, Prevention Sciences Committee, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation.
Member, The Dr. R.G. N. Laidlaw Research Centre, ICS/HDAP, University of Toronto
Member of the Editorial Board, International Journal of Children's Services

Other Information

Dr. Volpe is interested in evaluating the application of prevention and implementation science in evidenced informed policy and practice in health care and education.