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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













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

Past projects