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Yulia Shenderovich

Dr Yulia Shenderovich


Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

+44 29208 70695
sbarc|spark, Room 03.14, 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.

We are starting a new Horizon Europe & UKRI-funded study on supporting families with adolescents in Moldova and North Macedonia (FLOURISH) - please reach out if you are interested in collaborations.
















Research funding

Horizon Europe & UK Research and Innovation. (2023-2026). €2,999,492.Family-Focused Adolescent & Lifelong Health Promotion (FLOURISH). (Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases, HORIZON-HLTH-2022-DISEASE-07-03, grant agreements 101095528 & 10050850). PIs: Dr. Yulia Shenderovich – Lead applicant at the bid submission (Cardiff University, UK), Prof. Heather Foran – Consortium Coordinator (Klagenfurt University, Austria), Dr. Galina Lesco (Health for Youth Association, Moldova), Prof. Marija Raleva (ALTERNATIVA, North Macedonia), Dr. Nevena Calovska (Association of Systemic Family Therapists, Serbia), Prof. Nina Heinrichs (University of Bielefeld, Germany), Prof. Judit Simon (Medical University of Vienna, Austria), Prof. Graham Moore, Dr. Rhiannon Evans (Cardiff University, UK), Prof. Maite Alguacil, Dr. Bojan Shimbov (Jaume I University, Spain)

Wellcome Trust Mental Health Data Prize. (2022). £40,000. Preventing anxiety and depression through increasing school connectedness – identifying the active ingredients of a whole school approach. (Co-investigator; PIs: Dr. Jeremy Segrott, Dr. Hayley Reed, Dr. Nick Page, co-investigators: Dr. Rhys Bevan-Jones, Prof. Simon Murphy, Dr. Olga Eyre, Dr. Yulia Shenderovich, Prof. Frances Rice)

Ministry of Science (Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación Proyectos de Generación de Conocimiento). (2022-2025). €60.911,40. Strengthening social support systems for migrant and refugee adolescents in secondary education (SURE). Multi-component collaborative school-based social inclusion program for refugee and migrant adolescent students in secondary school contexts in the Comunidad De Madrid (Spain). (Co-investigator; PI: Dr. Rocío Herrero Romero, co-investigators: Prof. Cristina del Barrio, Dr. Kevin van der Meulen, Dr. Laura Granizo, Dr Laura Vázquez, Dr. Koldo Kasla, Dr. Ionna Bibou Najou, Dr. Olga Lucía Hoyos de los Ríos, Pablo Puyol, Kappa Grealy, Ruzhen Zhang)

Health and Care Research Wales. (2022-2025). £345,437. The identification and adaptation of an effective mental health and wellbeing intervention for implementation with Welsh secondary school students aged 11-18. Co-Investigator, named mentor. Health Research Fellowship Award for Dr. Hayley Read (PI). 

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)



  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Bethan Pell, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University. “Theorising inter-generational violence between children and parents: A qualitative study in Wales” (co-supervisor with Dr. Rhiannon Evans and Dr. Honor Young)