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Dr Yulia Shenderovich

Dr Yulia Shenderovich

Senior Lecturer, DECIPHer

+44 (0)29 2087 0695
1-3 Museum Place
Available for postgraduate supervision


I have joined Cardiff University in 2021, and I am based at the recently established Wolfson Centre for Young People's Mental Health and DECIPHer (Centre for Development, Evaluation, Complexity and Implementation in Public Health Improvement), within the School of Social Sciences.

I am interested in programmes and policies that can promote youth mental health and prevent violence affecting young people, and, more broadly, in the factors that support young people to thrive. I am especially interested in the issues of programme implementation and scale-up in low-resource settings.

Methodologically, my experience includes quantitative and mixed-methods research within randomised trials and other types of impact evaluations, as well as process evaluations, cohort studies, and systematic reviews.


Key professional experience

  • 2019-2021: Postdoctoral Research Officer, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • 2018-2019: Analyst, Education Research Group (Home Affairs and Social Policy), RAND Europe, Cambridge, UK
  • 2016: Coordinator, Violence Research Centre, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK 
  • 2015-2016: Project Manager, Parenting for Lifelong Health for Parents and Teens (Randomized Controlled Trial), King William’s Town, South Africa


  • 2014-2018: PhD, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge
  • 2011-2013: MPhil (with distinction), Evidence-Based Social Intervention, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford
  • 2007-2011: BA in Political Science and International Relations & Journalism and Mass Communication, American University in Bulgaria

Leadership and academic citizenship

  • 2019-2021: Junior Research Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Oxford
  • 2020-2021: Research Ethics Committee reviewer at the Department of Social Policy & Intervention, University of Oxford
  • 2021-present: Peer Reviewer, Education Endowment Foundation
  • 2020-2021: Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)-Oxford University Peer Review College member

Professional memberships

  • 2020-present: Board of Directors, Global Implementation Society
  • 2020-present: Member of the Catalyst Network, Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences
  • 2020-present: Member of the Technical Working Group on Adolescent Health and Well-Being hosted by the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health and the World Health Organization












I am interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of:

  • family- and school-focused approaches to supporting youth mental health (parenting programmes in particular)
  • epidemiology and prevention of violence against children
  • implementation and scale-up of complex interventions in low-resource settings