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McInroy, Lauren, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Pronouns: She/Her


Curriculum Vitae

PhD - University of Toronto, 2018 - Social Work
MSW - University of Toronto, 2011 - Social Work
BEd - University of Toronto, 2009 - Education
BA - University of Toronto, 2008

Areas of Expertise
LGBTTQQI2SA+ populations
Adolescents and young adults
Information and communication technologies
Impact of media and technology on well-being
Social work practice with technology
Digital research methodologies
Mixed methods research

Areas of Interest for Mentoring PhD Students
LGBTTQQI2SA+ populations
Children, adolescents, and young adults
Information and communication technologies
Digital research methodologies
Mixed methods research


Dr. Lauren McInroy’s research investigates the impacts of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on the well-being of marginalized adolescents and emerging adults – particularly LGBTQ+ young people, who experience heightened risks including mental health difficulties, social exclusion, and violence. She explores how LGBTQ+ youth build communities of support, engage in identity development activities, foster resilience and well-being, and engage in advocacy using digital technologies.

Dr. McInroy earned her BA, BEd, MSW, and PhD at the University of Toronto. She recently joined the Leadership Council of INQYR, an international, interdisciplinary network seeking to co-create new knowledge and develop adaptable online tools related to LGBTQ+ resilience and digital technologies. Dr. McInroy also serves on the Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (CSOGIE) of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) as well as the Membership Committee of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR).