Basic information

Name

Shira Yufe

Membership status

Program member

Biography

Prior to my studies at York, I completed a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature at McGill University.
I then enrolled in York's specialized honours program for Psychology and received my degree in May 2014 (Summa Cum Laude).

I currently work as a research assistant at the University Health Network in the Inpatient Psychiatry Unit (Toronto General Hospital) and the Bariatric Surgery Department (Toronto Western Hospital).
For my undergraduate thesis, supervised by Dr. K. Fergus and Dr. M. Taube-Schiff, I conducted semi-structured interviews with young adult bariatric patients. These patients recently transferred their obesity care from a pediatric to an adult hospital. The goal of my thesis was twofold: to understand the weight stigmatization experiences of young adults with obesity and to improve the transition process from a psychosocial platform.

Research interests

health psychology, obesity, eating disorders, bullying & stigmatization

Research experience

Research Assistant
Toronto General Hospital, Inpatient Psychiatry
August 2014-present
Current project:
-Evaluating behavioural activation (BA) intervention on the unit

Research Assistant
University of Toronto, Psychiatry
May 2014-present
Current projects:
– Systematic review of web-based education for the continuing professional development of psychiatrists
– Lifelong learning needs of psychiatry residents

Research Assistant
Toronto Western Hospital, Bariatric Surgery Department
December 2012-present
Current projects:
-Weight loss outcomes and quality of life post-surgery for young adult and adult patients
-Understanding psychosocial experiences and weight stigmatization in young adults with obesity

Contributing Writer and Social Media Coordinator
The Trauma and Mental Health Report
May 2012-May 2014
-Composed monthly articles on mental health topics; articles reposted on Psychology Today
-Disseminated mental health news via Facebook and Twitter daily

Laboratory Assistant
Centre for Vision Research, York University
May 2012-May 2013
-Managed recruitment for target-memory and reaction time studies

Research Assistant
May 2012-August 2012
-Coded qualitative free association narratives into patterns and categories for a Canadian cultural stereotypes study

CONFERENCES & PRESENTATIONS

YUFE, S.,Taube-Schiff, M., Fergus, K., & Sockalingam, S. (2014, Septemeber). Thematic Analysis of the Bullying and Relationship Experiences of Young Adults with Obesity. Paper session presented at the 64th Annual Conference of the Canadian Psychiatric Association, Toronto, Ontario.

Taube-Schiff, M., YUFE, S., Meaney, C. & Sockalingam, S. (2014, September). Does Age Matter? The Impact of Age and Psychiatric Factors on Bariatric Surgery Outcomes. Paper session presented at the 64th Annual Conference of the Canadian Psychiatric Association, Toronto, Ontario.

YUFE, S., Taube-Schiff, M., Meaney C., & Sockalingam S. (2014, May). Does Age Matter? The Impact of Age and Psychiatric Factors on Bariatric Surgery Outcomes. Poster session presented at the 165th Annual Meeting of the American Psychiatric Association, New York, New York.

YUFE, S., Taube-Schiff, M., Fergus, K., & Sockalingam, S. (2014, May). Thematic Analysis of the Bullying and Relationship Experiences of Young Adults with Obesity. Poster session presented at the 44th Annual Ontario Undergraduate Psychology Thesis Conference, Kingston, Ontario.

Skill and resources

Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS)
N-VIVO
HyperResearch
TCPS 2: CORE- Tri-Council Policy Statement Tutorial Certification
REB and Grant Proposals
Manuscript Editing
Clinical experience (bariatric patients, psychiatric inpatients)
Microsoft Office
Language Proficiencies: English & Hebrew

Contact information

Website

shira.yufe@uhn.ca