• Dr. Don Fuchs
  • Professor and Dean Emeritus

    173 Dafoe Rd
    University of Manitoba (Fort Garry campus)
    Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada

    Fax: 204-474-7594




Dr. Fuchs’ research focuses on addictions, mental health and women with FASD. His recent research includes:

Research projects:

Baffoe, M., Fuchs, D., & Dako-Gyeke, M. (2017-2018) Capacity-Building for Social Service Educators at the University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana. Academics without Borders. (10,000).

Baffoe, M., Fuchs, D., & Dako-Gyeke, M. (2014-2016). Saving Brains: Alcohol Use During Pregnancy in Ghana. CAREG Funded Research. ($50,000).

Rutman, D., Fuchs, D., & Badry, D. (2011- 2014). Tri-Provincial Children and Youth in Care with Canada. FASD Needs Assessment, Cost and Early Intervention Program and Outcome Research Initiative. Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) funded research ($320,000).

Fuchs, D., & Burnside, L.  (2013). Bound by The Clock:  The Experiences of Youth with FASD Transitioning to Adulthood from Child Welfare Care.  PHAC funded ($150,000)

Fuchs, D., Burnside, L., DeRiviere, L., Marchenski, S., & Mudry, A.  (2007-2009). The Economic Impact of Children in Care with FASD and Parental Alcohol Issues- Phase1 & Phase II: Costs and Service Utilization of Health Care, Special Education, and Child Care. CECW: www.cecw-cepb.ca/publications/1146. PHAC funded ($300,000).

Fuchs, D. & Bennett, M. (2007- 2008). CIHR ACADRE Knowledge Translation Grant: Caring Across Boundaries. CIHR funded ($50,000).

Fuchs, D., Burnside, L., Marchenski, S., & Mudry, A., (2006-2007). Children with FASD involved with the Manitoba Child Welfare System. PHAC funded research ($75,000).

Fuchs, D., Burnside, L., Marchenski, S., & Mudry, A., (2004-2005). Children with FASD- related Disabilities Receiving Services from Child Welfare Agencies in Manitoba. PHAC funded research ($150,000).

Fuchs, D., (2004-2007). Canada Russia Disability Project: Final Project, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). CIDA funded ($3,200, 000).

Fuchs, D. (2003) Canada (Manitoba)- Russia Stavropol Social Development Project: Canadian International Development Agency Final Project.  CIDA funded ($970,000).

Fuchs, D & Lugtig, D. (1990-1994). Neighbourhood Parent Support Project Research. Funded by Health & Welfare Canada ($950,000).

Service and membership

Dr. Fuchs was part of the development and implementation of the Faculty’s BSW distance education program; and had a leadership role in the development of the Faculty of Social Work’s PhD program, including provisions for funding.

He secured baseline funding for Inner City and Thompson satellite BSW programs and co-founded and secured Child and Family Research Group funding. He assisted in the development and implementation of the Masters of Disability Studies Program and developed three Umbrella collaboration agreements with three Russian Universities (Moscow, Omsk and Stavropol).

Dr. Fuchs provided extensive leadership in developing and administering graduate social work education programs at the MSW and PhD level and in supervising and/or serving as a committee member for 140 Masters’ and 20 PhD students. He served as an external examiner for 10 PhD candidates and as an external assessor for 12 applicants for tenure and promotion.

Positions held:

  • Chair of the University Discipline Committee (2011-2017), and member of Senate Planning & Priorities Committee (2006-2012), responsible for submission to Senate of assessments for new program resources.
  • Chair of the Prairie Child Welfare Consortium Steering and E-learning Committees. Lead on current University of Manitoba’s and North Caucuses Inclusive Education Collaboration Initiative.
  • Founding Board Member of the Canadian Centre for Disability Studies (1995-2015).
  • Vice-Chair of the Board of All Nations Crisis Response Network (ANCR)  (2012-2019)
  • Chaired the National Deans and Directors of Social Work Group (1998-2001).
  • Served as National Dean’s representative on the Board of the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work (CASSW), now the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) (1997-2001).
  • Co-chaired the National Social Work Sector Study funded by Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC (1998-2000).

Dr. Fuchs also co-founded (and current chair of) the Prairie Child Welfare Consortium (PCWC) (1999-present). The PCWC is a unique tri-provincial and northern multi-sector and cross-cultural child welfare network. Partners include the 4 prairie Faculties of Social Work, Governments of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Federation of Indigenous Nations and other Prairie Child Welfare NGOs. To date, the PCWC has held 8 conferences and published 5 books (a 6th book is forthcoming in Fall 2018). The PCWC offers 6 online university credit courses on child welfare topics each year to social work students simultaneously from the 4 Prairie Schools of Social Work.


Selected publications:

Badry, D., Fuchs, D., Montgomery, M. & Kikulwe, D. (Eds.) (2018) Imagining Child Welfare in the Spirit of Reconciliation. Regina: University of Regina Press.

Montgomery, M., Badry, D., Fuchs, D. & Kikulwe, D. (2016). (Eds.) Celebrating Child Welfare Transformations. Regina: University of Regina Press.

Badry, D. Fuchs, D, & Montgomery, M. (2014). (eds.) Re-Investing in Families: Securing our Future. Regina: University of Regina Press.

Fuchs, D., McKay, S. & Brown, I. (Eds.) (2012) Awakening the Spirit: Moving Child Welfare Forward.  Regina: CPRC Press.

McKay, S., Fuchs, D. & Brown, I. (Eds.) (2009) Passion for Action: Building on Strengths and Innovations in Child Welfare. Regina: Canadian Plains Research Centre.

Brown, I., Fuchs, D., McKay, S., & Thomas-Prokop, S. (2007). Putting a Human Face on Child Welfare: Voices from the Prairies. Toronto: Centre for Excellence in Child Welfare.

Refereed Journals Articles:
Fuchs, D., & Burnside, L. (2013). Bound by the clock:  The experiences of youth with FASD transitioning to adulthood from child welfare care. First Peoples Child and Family Review, 8(1).

Burland, E., Martens P., Brownell, M., Doupe, M., & Fuchs, D. (2013). The evaluation of a Fall Management Program in a nursing home population. The Gerontologist, 53(5), 828–838. doi:10.1093/geront/gns197

Fuchs, D., & Burnside, L. (2010). Children with FASD- related disabilities receiving services from child welfare agencies in Manitoba. International Journal on Mental Health and Addictions, 8(2),232-245

Fuchs, D., Burnside, L., DeRiviere, L., Brownell M., Marchenski, S., & Mudry, A.  (2009). The economic impact of children in care with FASD and parental alcohol issues Phase II: Costs and service utilization of health care, special education, and child care. Centre of Excellence in Child Welfare: Available at www.cecw-cepb.ca/publications/1146

Fuchs, D., Burnside, L., DeRiviere, L., Brownell L., Marchenski, S., & Mudry, A.  (2009). The economic impact of children in care with FASD and parental alcohol issues: Costs and service utilization. Available at www.cecw-cepb.ca/publications/1147

Fuchs, D. (2005). The rapidly emerging role of social work and its implications for effecting progressive change in the mental health system in Russia. Social and Clinical Psychiatry Russia, 15(2), 24-29.

Book Chapters and Reports:
Fuchs, D., & Burnside, L. (2016). Prioritizing children in care with FASD: Why prevalence matters. In M. Montgomery, D. Badry, D. Fuchs, & D. Kikulwe. (Eds.), Celebrating child welfare transformations (pp.135-162).  Regina: University of Regina Press

Badry, D., Fuchs, D. & MacLaurin, B. (2015). A comparative response in child welfare and social work practice between children and youth with developmental disabilities and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. In A. Fudge Schormans & K. Stoddart (Eds.), Social work: Intellectual and developmental disabilities in Canada. Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.  

Fuchs, D. & Burnside, L. (2014). The voices of youth transitioning out of care: What child welfare agencies need to know? In D. Badry, D. Fuchs, & M. Montgomery (Eds.), Re-investing in families: Securing our future (pp.183-200) Regina: University of Regina Press.

Fuchs, D., Burnside, L., Marchenski, S., & Mudry, A. (2012). Awakening the caring spirit for children and youth with FASD: Social and economic costs to the child welfare system in Manitoba.  In D. Fuchs, S. McKay, & I. Brown (Eds.), Awakening the spirit: Moving child welfare forward (pp.213-232). Regina: CPRC Press.

Fuchs, D. (2012). Final evaluation report of the Youth FASD Accommodation Council Project (April 1, 2009-March 31, 2012). Monograph. Ottawa: Justice Canada.

Fuchs, D. (2011). Children with disabilities in care In Manitoba. In K. Kufeldt & B. McKenzie (Eds.), Connecting research, policy, and practice in child welfare (2nd ed) (pp. 411-422). Waterloo, ON: Wilfrid Laurier University Press.