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Dr Yulia Shenderovich

Dr Yulia Shenderovich

Senior Lecturer, DECIPHer

+44 (0)29 2087 0695
sbarc|spark, Maindy Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF24 4HQ
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am based at the 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.



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

Professional memberships

  • 2022-present:Technical Advisory Group for UNICEF Adolescent Mental Health Tools
  • 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

Academic positions

  • 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

Committees and reviewing

  • 2021-present: Medical Research Council Career Development Awards – Peer Reviewer
  • 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












Research funding

Urban migration for good - From forced displacement to a good city. The case of Cabo Delgado, Mozambique. (2022-2024). £199,995. British Academy. (Co-Investigator; PI: Prof. Edmundo Werna, co-Is: Dr. Yamuna Kaluarachchi, Prof. Alison Brown, Prof. Ines Raimundo, Dr. Naisa Manafe)        

Effect of gender transformative programs on maternal and child health in South Asia: A mixed method investigation - PhD funding for Shruti Shukla at the Technical University of Munich, Germany. (2022-25). €48,600. StudienStiftung (PhD supervisor with Prof. Janina Steinert)

Research uptake: institutional approach and online course curriculum development. (2021-22). £91,078. Sexual Violence Research Initiative (Co-Investigator; PIs: Prof. Robyn Mildon, Dr. Bianca Albers, co-I: Prof. Anita Kothari)        

World Health Organization guideline on parenting programmes: Reviews to inform six questions for the WHO-INTEGRATE framework. (2021). $85,916. World Health Organization (Co-Investigator; PI: Prof. Frances Gardner, co-I: Prof. Jane Barlow)

The GCRF Accelerating Achievement for Africa’s Adolescents Hub - Scale-Up of Parenting Evaluation Research Study. Global Challenges Research Fund, UK Research and Innovation. (2019-2024) (co-PI responsible for implementation research, with co-PIs: Prof Lucie Cluver, Prof Catherine Ward, Dr. Jamie Lachman).

The Furaha Adolescent Implementation Research (FAIR) Study of the Kizazi Kipya Project (2020-21). $199,967. Evaluation Fund (Co-Investigator; PIs: Dr. Jamie Lachman, Dr. Joyce Wamoyi, co-I: Mwita Wambura)             

Triple P Parenting Programme: a cluster-randomised controlled trial. £378,288. (2019-22). Education Endowment Foundation (Co-Investigator; PI: Dr. Alex Sutherland, co-I: Dr. Sashka Dimova)

Primary Science Quality Mark: a cluster-randomised controlled trial. £503,012. (2019-22). Education Endowment Foundation and Wellcome Trust (Co-Investigator; PI: Dr. Alex Sutherland, co-Is: Elena Rosa Brown, Dr. Sashka Dimova)

Violence Free Schools. $23,370. (2017-18). Save the Children International. (Co-Primary Investigator; co-PIs: Dr. Rocio Herrero Romero, Prof. Janina Steinert, Dr. Franziska Meinck)

Additional Insights International Research Fellowship. $5,500 (2016-17). Global TIES for Children, Institute of Human Development and Social Change, NYU Steinhardt. (Primary Investigator)


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

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

I am especially interested in supervising research projects in Eastern Europe.

Current PhD students:

  • Dr. Olanrewaju Edun, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Imperial College London. “Determinants and consequences of HIV treatment amongst adolescents and young adults in sub-Saharan Africa" (co-supervisor with Dr. Jeff Eaton and Dr. Lucy Okell)
  • Roselinde Janowski, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford. “ParentApp for Teen optimisation study: An app-based intervention to promote playful parenting and prevent violence against adolescents in Tanzania” (co-supervisor with Prof. Lucie Cluver)
  • Shruti Shukla, School of Governance, Technical University of Munich, Germany. “Effect of gender transformative programs on maternal and child health in South Asia: A mixed method investigation” (co-supervisor with Prof. Janina Steinert)

Past projects