Sheila Marshall 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. She is an editorial board member of the Journal of Youth and Adolescence and Adolescent Research Review.

Sheila is an Associate Editor with the Journal of Adolescence:

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

Winter 2020

SOWK420 Introduction to Social Work Research Sections

Theory and conduct of social research as applied to social welfare and social work practice. Development of social work research questions and design of studies. Enrolment is limited to students in the B.S.W. program, except by permission of the school. Credit will be granted for only one of SOWK 420 or 320.

Winter 2020

SOWK553C Quantitative Methods in Social Work Research - RSCH-QUANT MTHDS Sections

Research Topics

Psychosocial development during adolescence and young adulthood; family and peer relationships during adolescence; adolescent health

Current research projects include

Being my future: adolescents’ future oriented projects with non-parental adults (SSHRC-funded, 2017-2020). The objective of this research program is to describe the naturally occurring non-parental social support for youths’ future oriented projects that are constructed, point to, and anticipate future life engagements including education, vocation, leisure, and relationships. Using a modified action-project method, we follow adolescents for about 10 months as they seek out and talk with non-parental adults about their future.

Sheila is part of a team with Ashley Quinn (PI) and Grant Charles studying Foster parents’ engagement in Indigenous children’s and youth’s cultural identity development and maintenance, a study funded by SSHRC.

She is also a co-investigator on a CIHR-funded project (Andrea Grunier, PI, U of Alberta) titled Longitudinal monitoring for quality of care at the end of life in nursing homes.

Male Youth with Eating Disorders: Clinical Features and Treatment Outcome (funded by Swiss Foundation of Anorexia Nervosa). Sheila is part of a team led by Jennifer Coehlo at BC Children’s Hospital, using various research methods to elucidate knowledge about the clinical and medical characteristics of male youth in relation to female youth with EDs.

Recent Publications

Ji, D., & Marshall, S.K. (in press). Guidelines for using administrative data from a measurement perspective: A Canadian child welfare case example. Social Work Research.

Clark, B.A., Marshall, S.K., Saewyc, E.M. (2020). Hormone therapy decision-making processes: Transgender youth and parents. Journal of Adolescence, 79, 136-147. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2019.12.016

Coelho, J.S., Suen, J., Clark, B.A., Marshall, S.K., Geller, J., & Lam, P-Y. (2019). Eating disorder diagnoses and symptom presentation in transgender youth: A scoping review.  Current Psychiatry Reports, 21, 107. doi: 10.1007/s11920-019-1097-x

Tilton-Weaver, L.C., Marshall, S.K., & Svensson, Y. (2019). Depressive symptoms and non-suicidal self-injury during adolescence: Latent patterns of short-term stability and change. Journal of Adolescence, 75, 163-174. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2019.07.013

Wall, J.M., Baugh, L.M., Pradhan, K., Beauchamp, M.R., Marshall, S.K., & Young, R.A.  (2019). The coach-parent relationship in Canadian competitive figure skating: An interpretive description. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 45, 101577. doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2019.101577

Wall, J.M., Pradhan, K., Baugh, L.M., Beauchamp, M.R., Marshall, S.K., & Young, R.A.  (on-line first, 2019). Navigating early specialization sport: Parent and athlete goal-directed processes. Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology. doi: 10.1037/spy0000187

Shankar, S., Marshall, S.K., & Zumbo, B. (2019). A systematic review of validation practices for the Goal Attainment Scaling measure. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 38, 236-255. doi: 10.1177/0734282919840948

Marshall, S.K., & Tilton-Weaver, L.C. (2019). Adolescents’ perceived mattering to parents and friends: Testing cross-lagged associations with psychosocial wellbeing.  International Journal of Behavioral Development, 43, 541–552. doi: 10.1177/0165025419844019

Li, G., Wu, A., Marshall, S.K., Watson, R., Adjei, J., Park, M., & Saewyc, E. (2019).  Investigating site-level longitudinal effects of population health interventions: Gay-straight alliances and school safety. SSM – Population Health, 7, 100350. doi: 10.1016/j.ssmph.2019.100350

Coelho, J.S., Beach, B., O’Brien, K., Marshall, S.K., & Lam, P-Y. (2019). Effectiveness of family-based treatment for pediatric eating disorders in a tertiary care setting. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 7, 105-115. doi: 10.1037/cpp0000273

Coelho, J.S., Lee, T., Karnabi, P., Burns, A., Marshall, S.K., Geller, J., & Lam, P.Y.  (2018). Eating disorders in biological males: Clinical presentation and consideration of sex differences in a pediatric sample. Journal of Eating Disorders, 6: 40. doi: 10.1186/s40337-018-0226-y

Marshall, S.K., Goessling, K., Young, R.A., & Wozniaki-Molnar, A. (2019). Researching the transition to high school for adolescents with a disability: Qualitative Action-Project Method as an exemplar approach. International Journal of Disability, Development and Education, 44, 389-408. doi: 10.1080/1034912X.2018.1508646

Marshall, S.K., Stainton, T., Wall, J.M., Zhu, M., Murray, J., Wu, S., Bouhali, A.E., Parada, F., Zaidman-Zait, A., & Young, R.A. (2018). Transition to adulthood as a joint parent-youth project for young persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 56, 263–277. doi: 10.1352/1934-9556-56.5.263

Khalifa, H., Alnuaim, A.A., Young, R.A., Marshall, S.K., & Popadiuk, N. (2018). Crafting continuity and change in Saudi society: Joint parent-youth transition-to-adulthood projects.  Journal of Adolescence, 63, 142-152. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2017.12.014

Young, R.A., & Marshall, S.K., Stainton, T., Wall, J.M., Curle, D., Zhu, M., Munro, D., Murray, J., Bouhali, A.E., Parada, F., Zaidman-Zait, A. (2018). The transition to adulthood of young adults with IDD: Parents’ joint projects. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 31, 224–233.

Young, R.A., Murray, J., & Marshall, S.K. (2017). Prospective content in the friendship conversations of youth. Journal of Adolescence, 54, 9–17. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2016.11.001

Lam, P.Y., Marshall, S.K., Harjit, G., Coelho, J.S., Cairns, C. (2016). Pinch, cinch or step: Evaluating the effectiveness and acceptability of mid upper arm circumference measurements in adolescents with eating disorders. Eating Behaviors, 22, 72–75. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2016.03.023

Coelho, J.S., Pullmer, R., Robertson, M., Marshall, S.K., Lam, P.Y. (2016). Attitudes towards anthropometric measurements in youth: The role of eating pathology. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science / Revue Canadienne des Sciences du Comportement, 48, 232-237. doi: 10.1037/cbs0000047

Aeyelts, R., Marshall, S.K., Charles, G., & Young, R. (2016). How care is negotiated between a young carer and a parent facing mental illness and addiction. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 7, 65-80.

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.

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

Tilton-Weaver, L.C., & Marshall, S.K. (2017). Governance transfer: A dynamic perspective on adolescent behavioral autonomy and parent regulation.  In B. Soenens, M. Vansteenkiste, & S. Van Petegem (Eds.), Autonomy in adolescent development: Towards conceptual clarity (pp. 74-93). New York, NY: Psychology Press.

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.