Dr Yulia Shenderovich

My research explores issues related to mental health and violence affecting young people in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). In particular, I focus on implementation research, exploring how programmes and policies operate in practice. 

I completed my PhD at the Violence Research Centre, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, focusing on the implementation of the parenting programme Sinovuyo Teen within a randomised controlled trial in South Africa. Sinovuyo Teen is a part of the Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) Initiative. PLH is a collaboration between the World Health Organisation, UNICEF and academics to provide evidence-based non-commercialised child violence prevention programmes for LMICs. The PLH programmes are currently being scaled up in over 20 countries across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. I am currently working with the PLH team and implementation partners on designing approaches to studying programme delivery and effectiveness at scale (Parenting for Lifelong Health Scale-Up of Parenting Evaluation Research Study).

I am also working with Prof Lucie Cluver, Dr. Elona Toska and the Young Carers research group on the longitudinal study called Mzantsi Wakho (http://www.youngcarers.org.za/youthpulse), conducted in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa, to examine factors related to wellbeing of adolescents. I have also recently joined the Board of the Global Implementation Society.

Previously, I worked at RAND Europe, setting up and conducting evaluations of school-based programmes, and at the University of Cambridge, looking at risk factor for violence among young people in LMICs. I also hold degrees from the University of Oxford (MPhil in Evidence Based Social Intervention, with distinction) and the American University in Bulgaria (BA in Political Science and International Relations; Journalism and Mass Communications). 

  • Moderators of Treatment Effects in a Child Maltreatment Prevention Programme in South Africa

  • Parenting, mental health and economic pathways to prevention of violence against children in South Africa

  • Delivering a Parenting Program in South Africa: The Impact of Implementation on Outcomes

  • Correlates of youth violence in low- and middle-income countries: A meta-analysis

  • What Affects Attendance and Engagement in a Parenting Program in South Africa?

  • Cash plus Care: parenting support and violence reduction programme associated with reductions in adolescent HIV-risks in South Africa: a cluster randomized trial of a DREAMS and 4Children-implemented programme 'Parenting for Lifelong Health'

  • Do saving promotion interventions increase household savings, consumption, and investments in Sub-Saharan Africa? A systematic review and meta-analysis

  • Risk Factors for Antisocial Behavior in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Systematic Review of Longitudinal Studies.

  • Parenting for Lifelong Health: a pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial of a non-commercialised parenting programme for adolescents and their families in South Africa.

  • "It Has Changed": Understanding Change in a Parenting Program in South Africa.

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