Alexa Yakubovich

Alexa Yakubovich is a Rhodes Scholar and CIHR-funded researcher who completed her DPhil in Social Intervention (2019). She previously earned a MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention (with Distinction) at Oxford and a BA (Honours) in Psychology (University Gold Medalist) at the University of Manitoba. 

Alexa's research program is focused on conducting rigorous investigations of the structural determinants of interpersonal violence and health inequities and using this understanding to implement and evaluate programs and policies meant to address these outcomes. In her doctorate, Alexa investigated whether and how community and structural disadvantages increase the risk of intimate partner violence (IPV) against women. To carry out this work, she conducted a global systematic review of the risk and protective factors for IPV and conducted a multi-disciplinary series of analyses of quantitative data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, including the first investigation of the effect of long-term exposure to neighbourhood deprivation on the risk of experiencing IPV among women. She received the Department's 2019 Barnett Prize for her research.

Alexa is currently a CIHR Health System Impact Postdoctoral Fellow and CIHR-CMHC Postdoctoral Fellow in the Centre for Urban Health Solutions at Unity Health Toronto and the University of Toronto. She works with a diverse team of academic, practice, and community partners on quantitative epidemiologic and mixed-methods research to inform prevention and response strategies to intimate patner violence. In addition, Alexa continues her collaboration with the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention on the Stand Your Ground project.

Sherr, Lorraine, Yakubovich, Alexa R., Skeen, Sarah, Tomlinson, Mark, Cluver, Lucie D., Roberts, Kathryn, & Macedo, Ana. (2020). Depressive symptoms among children attending community-based support in South Africa – pathways for disrupting risk factors. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry: 1-18. doi: 10.1177/1359104520935502

Yakubovich, Alexa R.; Heron, Jon; & Humphreys, David K. (2020). The dynamic relationship between perceived and objective measures of the neighbourhood environment over time: results from a prospective-longitudinal study in the UK. PLOS ONE 15: 4 e0231779. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0231779

Yakubovich, Alexa R.; Heron, Jon; Feder, Gene; Fraser Abigail; & Humphreys, David K. (2020). Long-term exposure to neighbourhood-level deprivation and the risk of experiencing intimate partner violence among women: a birth-cohort study in the United Kingdom. Epidemiology 3: 2 272-281. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000001144

Yakubovich, Alexa R.; Heron, Jon; Feder, Gene; Fraser Abigail; & Humphreys, David K. (2019). Intimate partner violence victimisation in early adulthood: psychometric properties of a new measure and gender differences in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children. BMJ Open 9: 3 e025621. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-025621

Yakubovich, Alexa R.; Stöckl, Heidi; Murray, Joseph; Melendez-Torres, G. J.; Steinert, Janina I.; Glavin, Calla E. Y.; Humphreys, David K. (2018). "Risk and protective factors for intimate partner violence against women: Systematic review and meta-anlyses of prospective-longitudinal studies", American Journal of Public Health 108: 7 e1-e11. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2018.304428

Yakubovich, Alexa R.; Stöckl, Heidi; Murray, Joseph; Melendez-Torres, G. J.; Steinert, Janina I.; Glavin, Calla E. Y.; Humphreys, David K. (2017). “Prospective risk and protective factors for intimate partner violence victimisation among women: a systematic review and meta-analysis”, The Lancet 390: Suppl 13 13. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(17)32948-3

Yakubovich, Alexa R.; Stöckl, Heidi; Murray, Joseph; Melendez-Torres, G. J.; Steinert, Janina I.; Glavin, Calla E. Y.; Humphreys, David K. (2017). “OP92 A systematic review of prospective risk and protective factors for intimate partner violence victimisation among women”, Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 71: Suppl 1 A46. doi:10.1136/jech-2017-SSMAbstracts.91

Natukunda, Helen; Cluver, Lucie D.; Toska, Elona; Musiime, Victor; Yakubovich, Alexa R. (2017). "Beyond clinical trials: Cross-sectional associations of combination antiretroviral therapy with reports of multiple symptoms and non-adherence among adolescents in South Africa", South African Medical Journal 107: 11 965-975. doi: 10.7196/SAMJ.2017.v107i11.12405

Yakubovich, Alexa R.; Sherr, Lorraine; Cluver, Lucie D.; Skeen, Sarah; Hensels, Imca S.; Macedo, Ana; Tomlinson, Mark (2016) "Community-based organizations for vulnerable children in South Africa: Reach, psychosocial correlates, and potential mechanisms", Children and Youth Services Review 62 58-64. doi: doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.01.016

Cluver, Lucie D.; Orkin, F. Mark; Yakubovich, Alexa R.; Sherr, Lorraine (2016) "Combination social protection for reducing HIV-risk behavior amongst adolescents in South Africa", Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes 72: 1 96-104. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000000938

Yakubovich, Alexa R.; Cluver, Lucie D.; Gie, Robert (2016) "Socioeconomic factors associated with asthma prevalence and severity among children living in low-income South African communities", South African Medical Journal 106: 4 407-412. doi: 10.7196/SAMJ.2016.v106i4.10168

Sherr, Lorraine; Yakubovich, Alexa R.; Skeen, Sarah; Cluver, Lucie D.; Hensels, Imca S.; Macedo, Ana; Tomlinson, Mark (2016) "How effective is help on the doorstep? A longitudinal study of community‑based organisation support on child outcomes", PLOS ONE 11: 3 e0151305. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0151305

Cluver, Lucie D.; Toska, Elona; Orkin, F. Mark; Meinck, Franziska; Hodes, Rebecca; Yakubovich, Alexa R.; Sherr, Lorraine (2016) "EQUITY Special Issue: Achieving equity in HIV-treatment outcomes: Can social protection improve adolescent ART-adherence in South Africa?", AIDS Care 28: Sup 2 73-82. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2016.1179008

Cluver, Lucie D.; Meinck, Franziska; Yakubovich, Alexa R.; ... Gardner, Frances (2016) "Reducing child abuse amongst adolescents in low-and middle-income countries: A pre-post trial in South Africa", BMC Public Health 16: 1 567. doi: 10.1186/s12889-016-3262-z

Yakubovich, Alexa R.; Cluver, Lucie D.; Gie, Robert P. (2016) "OP29 Are socioeconomic conditions associated with asthma prevalence, severity, and treatment access? A cross-sectional study of children living in low-income South African communities", Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 70: Suppl 1 A20.2-A21. doi: 10.1136/jech-2016-208064.29

Cluver, Lucie D.; Orkin, F. Mark; Meinck, Franziska; Boyes, Mark E.; Yakubovich, Alexa R.; Sherr, Lorraine (2016) "Can social protection improve sustainable development goals for adolescent health?", PLOS ONE 11: 10 e0164808. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0164808

Other Outputs

Yakubovich, Alexa R. (2020). Domestic violence: girls who grow up in deprived areas at increased risk. The Conversation. View online

Yakubovich, Alexa R. (2018). Intimate partner violence against women: the role of epidemiology in advancing health equity. Rhodes Scholar Magazine. View Online

Humphreys, David K.; Yakubovich, Alexa R.; Lange, Brittany C. L.; Melendez-Torres, G. J.; Parmar, Alpa; & Wiebe, Douglas. (2018). Civilian use of lethal force: linked systematic reviews on the impacts, inequities, and outcomes of changes to self-defense laws and policies. Open Science Framework. DOI:10.17605/OSF.IO/UZ68E. View Online

Yakubovich, Alexa R. (2016). The link between asthma, stress, and depression among South African kids. The Conversation View Online