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.  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 2019

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.

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.

Confident Parents: Thriving Kids Evaluation.  This evaluation project examines the efficacy of Parent-Management Training delivered by telephone to families referred to Canadian Mental Health Association in co-ordination with GenerationPMTO.

Male Youth with Eating Disorders: Clinical Features and Treatment Outcome (funded by Swiss Foundation of Anorexia Nervosa).  I am 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

Peer-Reviewed Articles

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

Marshall, S.K., & Tilton-Weaver, L.C.  (on-line first, 2019).  Adolescents’ perceived mattering to parents and friends: Testing cross-lagged associations with psychosocial wellbeing.  International Journal of Behavioral Development. 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.  (Advance online publication, 2019).  Effectiveness of family-based treatment for pediatric eating disorders in a tertiary care setting. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology.

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.  (Advance online publication, 2018). 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. 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.

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

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.