Sheila is a Professor in the School of Social Work and an associate faculty member of the Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. She received her B.A.Sc. in Family Studies, MSc. and Ph.D. in Family Relations and Human Development from the University of Guelph. Her research focuses on psychosocial development during adolescence and young adulthood with an emphasis on the contexts of family and peer relationships. Particular research interests include examining the ways adolescents’ actively engage in their own development during interactions with parents and peers, and how adolescents’ construction of their social identities contribute to social and emotional well-being.

Sheila is a co-investigator with SARAVYC, Stigma and Resilience Among Vulnerable Youth Centre:

Current research projects include:

Over 2 U: Governance Transfer between Parents and Adolescents. This project, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, involves working collaboratively with schools, parents, and community members to understand how responsibilities are shifted to adolescents. Co-investigators and collaborators are Lauree Tilton-Weaver (Örebro University), Richard Young (UBC), and Kristen Goessling (Pennsylvania State University, Brandywine). For more information, see:

Transition to adulthood as goal-directed projects for youth with intellectual disabilities and their parents. Sheila is one of the co-investigators on this project is led by Richard A. Young (UBC) and funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Using contextual action theory and the action project method, this study examines the transition to adulthood in families with a youth with an intellectual disability.

Reducing Stigma, Promoting Resilience: Population Health Interventions for LGBTQ Youth. This 5 year multi-site, multi-study project is funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (Principal investigator, Elizabeth Saewyc, UBC). Sheila is a member of the executive team for this project and is one of many co-investigators from across North America. As part of this project, Sheila is involved in the Van Tech Wellness Initiative. As the first school wellness project in the Coastal Health region, this project endeavours to understand whether a school-wide effort to improve student well-being improves inequities for LGBTQ youth.

Recent Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Young, R.A., Marshall, S.K., Wilson, L.J., Green, A.R., Klubben, L., Parada, F., Polak, E., Socholotiuk, K., & Zhu, M. (2015).  Transition to adulthood as a peer project.  Emerging Adulthood, 3, 166-178.  doi: 10.1177/2167696814559304

Marshall, S.K., Young, R.A., Wozniak, A., Lollis, S., Tilton-Weaver, L.C., Nelson, M., & Goessling, K. (2014). Parent-adolescent joint projects involving leisure time and activities during the transition to high school. Journal of Adolescence, 37, 1031-1042. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2014.07.015

Wu, A.D., Zumbo, B., & Marshall, S.K. (2014). A method to aid in the interpretation of EFA results: An application of Pratt’s measures. International Journal of Behavioural Development, 38, 98–110.

Wozniak, A., Lollis, S., & Marshall, S.K. (2014). Competing discourses within parent-adolescent conversations. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 31, 847-867. doi: 10.1177/0265407513508726

Tilton-Weaver, L.C., Marshall, S.K., & Darling, N. (2014). What’s in a name? Distinguishing between routine disclosure and self-disclosure. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 24, 551-563. doi: 10.1111/jora.12090

Zaidman-Zait, A., Marshall, S.K., Young, R.A., & Hertzman, C. (2014). Beyond compliance: Mother–child joint action during a ‘‘do’’ task. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 23, 1034-1049. doi: 10.1007/s10826-013-9760-z

Marshall, S.K., Faaborg-Anderson, P., Tilton-Weaver, L.C., & Stattin, H. (2013). Peer sexual harassment and deliberate self-injury: A longitudinal cross-lag investigation. Journal of Adolescent Health, 53, 717-722. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2013.06.009

Marshall, S. K., Tilton-Weaver, L. C., & Stattin, H. (2013). Non-suicidal self-injury and depressive symptoms during middle adolescence: A longitudinal analysis. Journal of Youth & Adolescence, 42, 1234-1242.

Ramtulla, Y., Charles, G. & Marshall, S.K. (2012). An analysis of responsibility, attachment security, and relationship efficacy among young carers. Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, 25, 49-57.

Marshall, S.K., Zaidman-Zait, A., Domene, J.F., & Young, R.A. (2012). Qualitative Action-Project Method in family research. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 4, 160–173.

Marshall, S.K., Zaidman-Zait, A., Logan, C., Lee, C.C.S., & Young, R.A. (2011). Parenting projects as children transition to adulthood. Family Science, 2, 250-261.

Young, R.A., Marshall, S.K., Foulkes, K., Haber, C., Lee, C.S.M., Penner, C., & Rostram, H. (2011). Counseling for the transition to adulthood as joint, goal-directed action. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 79, 325-333.

Marshall, S.K., Young, R.A., Stevens, A., Spence, W., Deyell, S., Easterbrook, A., & Brokenleg, M. (2011). Adolescent career development in urban-residing Aboriginal families in Canada. Career Development Quarterly, 59, 539-558.

Fletcher-Johnston, M., Marshall, S.K., & Straatman, L. (2011). Healthcare transitions for adolescents with chronic life-threatening conditions using a Delphi Method to identify research priorities for clinicians and academics in Canada. Child: Care, Health and Development, 37, 875–882.

Arim, R. G., Dahinten, V. S., Marshall, S. K., & Shapka, J. D. (2011). An examination of the reciprocal relationships between adolescents’ aggressive behaviors and their perceptions of parental nurturance. Journal of Youth & Adolescence, 40, 207-220.

Charles, G., Stainton, T. & Marshall, S.K. (2010). Young carers in immigrant families: An ignored population. Canadian Social Work, 12, 83-92.

Charles, G., Marshall, S. K. & Stainton, T. (2010). Demographics profiles and initial results from the British Columbia Young Carers Study. Relational Child and Youth Care Practice, 23, 64-67.

Marshall, S.K., Charles, G., Kendrick, K., & Pakalniskiene, V. (2010). Comparing differential responses within child protective services: A longitudinal examination. Child Welfare, 89, 57-77.

Dyer, B., Pizzorno, M.C., Qu, K., Valach, L., Marshall, S.K. & Young, R.A. (2010). Unconscious processes in a career counselling case: An action-theoretical perspective. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 38 (3), 341-360.

Marshall, S.K., Yan, L., Wu, A., Berzonsky, M., & Adams, G.R. (2010). Perceived mattering to parents and friends for university students: A longitudinal study. Journal of Adolescence, 33, 367–375.

Arim, R. G., Marshall, S. K., & Shapka, J. D. (2010). A domain-specific approach to adolescent reporting of parental control. Journal of Adolescence, 33, 355-366.


Books & Reports

Young, R.A., Marshall, S.K., & Valach, L. with Domene, J.F., Graham, M.D., & Zaidman-Zait, A. (2011). Active transition to adulthood: A new approach for counseling. New York: Springer.

Charles, G., Stainton, T. & Marshall, S.K. (2012). Young carers in Canada: The hidden costs and benefits of early family caregiving. Ottawa: The Vanier Institute of the Family.


Book chapters

Marshall, S.K., Nelson, M., Goessling, K., Chipman, J., & Charles, G. (2015). Counseling adolescents from an action theory perspective. In R.A. Young, J. Domene, & L. Valach (Eds.), Counseling and action: Toward life-enhancing work, relationships and identity (pp. 197-209). Springer Science+Business Media.

Tilton-Weaver, L. C., Kakihara, F., Marshall, S. K., & Galambos, N. L. (2010). Fits and misfits: How adolescents’ representations of maturity relate to their adjustment. In M. Kerr, H. Stattin, R. C. M. E. Engels, G. Overbeek, &  A.K. Andershed (Eds.), Understanding girls’ problem behavior: How girls’ delinquency develops in the context of maturity and health, co-occurring problems, and relationships (pp. 31-68). Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons.