Dr. Alexa Yakubovich

Dr. Alexa Yakubovich is a MAP postdoctoral fellow.

Dr. Alexa Yakubovich’s multidisciplinary research focuses on improving understanding of the structural determinants of interpersonal violence, with a particular focus on intimate partner violence, and health inequities as well as developing and evaluating preventive and response strategies. Dr. Yakubovich holds a CIHR Health System Impact Fellowship and CIHR-CMHC Fellowship in Research and Knowledge Translation in Urban Housing and Health. She received her MSc and PhD in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar and CIHR-funded researcher.

Working with: Dr. Patricia O’Campo

Meet Dr. Yakubovich

My PhD thesis investigated whether and how community and structural disadvantages increase the risk of intimate partner violence against women. To carry out this work, I conducted a global systematic review of the risk and protective factors for partner violence and conducted a multidisciplinary series of analyses of quantitative data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children. This included the first investigation of the effect of long-term exposure to neighbourhood deprivation on the risk of experiencing partner violence among women. I found that women who lived in more deprived neighbourhoods for longer throughout their childhoods were more likely to experience intimate partner violence during adulthood. They also experienced this violence more frequently. I was fortunate to receive the Department’s 2019 Barnett Prize for best graduate paper for this research.

My postdoctoral fellowship will allow me to work with research, policy, and practice partners, including MAP, Unity Health Toronto, the new Centre for Sexual and Gender Minority Health, and others. Through a collaborative program of quantitative epidemiologic and mixed-methods research, I will evaluate the processes and outcomes of intersectoral intervention strategies and hospital-community programs relevant to high-risk populations experiencing intimate partner violence and continue investigating the social and structural determinants of this violence and related social and health inequities. This work will strengthen my skills in research and knowledge translation to inform more effective practice and policy for addressing IPV and related health inequities in Canada.

Yakubovich, A. R., Heron, J., Feder, G., Fraser A., & Humphreys, D. K. (in press). The effect of long- term exposure to neighbourhood-level deprivation on the risk of experiencing intimate partner violence among women: results from a UK birth-cohort study. Epidemiology.

Yakubovich, A. R., Heron, J., Feder, G., Fraser A., & Humphreys, D. K. (2019). Intimate partner violence victimisation in early adulthood: psychometric properties of a new measure and gender differences in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children. BMJ Open, 9(e025621).

Yakubovich, A. R., Stöckl, H., Murray, J., Melendez-Torres, G. J., Steinert, J. I., Glavin, C. E. Y., & Humphreys, D. K. (2018). Risk and protective factors for intimate partner violence against women: Systematic review and meta-analyses of prospective-longitudinal studies. American Journal of Public Health, 108(7), e1-e11.

Natukunda, H., Cluver, L. D., Toska, E., Musiime, V. & Yakubovich, A. R. (2017). Beyond clinical trials: Cross-sectional associations of combination antiretroviral therapy with reports of multiple symptoms and non-adherence among adolescents in South Africa. South African Medical Journal, 107(11), 965- 975.

Yakubovich, A. R., Stöckl, H., Murray, J., Melendez-Torres, G. J., Steinert, J. I., Glavin, C. E. Y., & Humphreys, D. K. (2017). OP92 A systematic review of prospective risk and protective factors for intimate partner violence victimisation among women. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 71(Suppl 1), A46.

Yakubovich, A. R., Stöckl, H., Murray, J., Melendez-Torres, G. J., Steinert, J. I., Glavin, C. E. Y., & Humphreys, D. K. (2017). Prospective risk and protective factors for intimate partner violence victimisation among women: a systematic review and meta-analysis. The Lancet, 390(S13), 13.

Cluver, L. D., Meinck, F., Yakubovich, A. R., et al. (2016). Reducing child abuse amongst adolescents in low- and middle- income countries: A pre-post trial in South Africa. BMC Public Health, 16(1), 567.

Cluver, L. D., Orkin, M., Meinck, F., Boyes, M. E., Yakubovich, A. R., & Sherr, L. (2016). Can social protection improve sustainable development goals for adolescent health? PLOS ONE, 11(10), e0164808.

Cluver, L. D., Orkin, F. M., Yakubovich, A. R., & Sherr, L. (2016). Combination social protection for reducing HIV-risk behaviour amongst adolescents in South Africa. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, 72(1), 96-104.

Cluver, L. D., Toska, E., Orkin, F. M., Meinck, F., Hodes, R., Yakubovich, A. R., & Sherr, L. (2016). Equity Special Issue: Achieving equity in HIV-treatment outcomes: Can social protection improve adolescent ART-adherence in South Africa? AIDS Care, 28(Sup 2), 73-82.

Sherr, L., Yakubovich, A. R., Skeen, S., Cluver, L. D., Hensels, I. S., Macedo, A., & Tomlinson, M. (2016). How effective is help on the doorstep? A longitudinal study of community-based organisation support on child outcomes. PLOS ONE, 11(3), e0151305.

Yakubovich, A. R., Cluver, L. D., & Gie, R. P. (2016). Socioeconomic factors associated with asthma prevalence and severity among children living in low-income South African communities. South African Medical Journal, 106(4), 407-412.

Yakubovich, A. R., Sherr, L., Cluver, L. D., Skeen, S., Hensels, I. S., Macedo, A., & Tomlinson, M. (2016). Community-based organizations for vulnerable children in South Africa: Reach, psychosocial correlates, and potential mechanisms. Children and Youth Services Review, 62, 58-64.

Yakubovich, A. R., Cluver, L. D., & Gie, R. P. (2016). OP29 Are socioeconomic conditions associated with asthma prevalence, severity, and treatment access? A cross-sectional study of children living in low-income South African communities. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 70(Suppl 1), A20.2-A21.