Dr Yulia Shenderovich

My research focuses on issues related to programme implementation, mental health and violence affecting young people in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

In particular, I am interested in exploring how programmes and policies operate in practice, and have recently joined the Board of Directors of the Global Implementation Society.

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 effects at scale (Parenting for Lifelong Health Scale-Up of Parenting Evaluation Research Study).

I work with Professor Lucie Cluver, Dr. Elona Toska, and the Young Carers research group on two cohort studies - Mzantsi Wakho (http://www.youngcarers.org.za/youthpulse) and HEY BABY (https://www.spi.ox.ac.uk/hey-baby-0) - that focus on adolescent health, HIV, and adolescent parenthood, both conducted in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa.

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). 

Publications
  • Bullying and ART non-adherence among South African adolescents living with HIV: effects, risk and protective factors

  • Violence prevention accelerators for children and adolescents in South Africa: A path analysis using two pooled cohorts.

  • Parental attendance in two early-childhood training programmes to improve nurturing care: A randomized controlled trial

  • Evidence for Better Lives Study: A comparative birth-cohort study on child exposure to violence and other adversities in eight low- and middle-income countries – Foundational Research (Study Protocol)

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

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

  • Violence, confidentiality breaches, and hard to reach clinics impede adolescent treatment adherence

  • 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?

  • More