Dr. Richard (Rick) Volpe is Professor of Applied Psychology and Director, Life Span Adaptation Projects and a core member of the Laidlaw Research Centre at the Jackman Institute of Child Study, University of Toronto. Currently he is also a member of the Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development and a Fellow of the American Ortho-Psychiatric Association.
Rick received his Ph.D. from the University of Alberta. He was a Glenrose Provincial Hospital Pre-Doctoral Fellow and a Laidlaw Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Toronto, Hospital for Sick Children and the Clark Institute of Psychiatry (CAMH).
Previously Dr. Volpe acted as Director of the Laidlaw Research Centre, University of Toronto; Chair of the Institute for the Prevention of Child Abuse; Co-Chair of Justice for Children and Youth; Director of the Laidlaw Foundation Conceptual Elaboration and Program Evaluation Unit; and Senior Evaluation Expert for the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD). He was also a member of the Graduate Department of Community Health, Gage Institute, and the Institute for Life Course and Aging at the University of Toronto.
His research interests address applications of prevention science, knowledge mobilization, program implementation/adaptation and the promotion of evidence-informed practice. He has written and spoken extensively on both intentional and unintentional injury.