Alexa YakubovichPhD

Assistant Professor


Other Relevant Information

Mailing Address: 
Centre for Clinical Research, Room 415, 5790 University Ave, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 1V7
Research Topics:
  • Intimate partner violence
  • Gender-based violence
  • Social epidemiology
  • Mixed methods
  • Intervention and policy evaluation
  • Implementation science


Postdoctoral Fellowship (University of Toronto & St Michael’s Hospital)

PhD (University of Oxford)

MSc (University of Oxford)

BA Honours (University of Manitoba)

Research interests

Dr. Alexa Yakubovich’s interdisciplinary research program aims to advance a structural understanding of interpersonal violence and related health inequities, with a particular focus on intimate partner violence. This work includes both (a) investigations of the social and structural determinants of violence and its health and social sequelae as well as (b) the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions that account for these determinants. Dr. Yakubovich uses a variety of research methods, including epidemiologic methods, systematic reviews, meta-analysis, mixed methods, psychometrics, community-based participatory research, and implementation science.

Selected publications

Yakubovich, A. R., & Maki, K. (2021). Preventing gender-based homelessness in Canada during the CoViD-19 pandemic and beyond: the need to account for violence against women. Violence against women, 10778012211034202.

Yakubovich, A. R., Heron, J. E., Metheny, N., Gesink, D., & O'Campo, P. (2021). Measuring the burden of intimate partner violence by sex and sexual identity: results from a random sample in Toronto, Canada. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Yakubovich, A. R., Esposti, M. D., Lange, B. C., Melendez-Torres, G. J., Parmar, A., Wiebe, D. J., & Humphreys, D. K. (2021). Effects of laws expanding civilian rights to use deadly force in self-defense on violence and crime: a systematic review. American journal of public health111(4), e1-e14.

Yakubovich, A. R., Heron, J., Feder, G., Fraser, A., & Humphreys, D. K. (2020). Long-term exposure to neighborhood deprivation and intimate partner violence among women: a UK birth cohort study. Epidemiology, 31(2), 272.

Yakubovich, A. R., Heron, J., & Humphreys, D. K. (2020). How do perceived and objective measures of neighbourhood disadvantage vary over time? Results from a prospective-longitudinal study in the UK with implications for longitudinal research on neighbourhood effects on health. PloS one15(4), e0231779.

Yakubovich, A. R., Stöckl, H., Murray, J., Melendez-Torres, G. J., Steinert, J. I., Glavin, C. E., & 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 health108(7), e1-e11.

Selected awards & honours

Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Health System Impact Postdoctoral Fellowship (2019-2021)

CIHR and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Research and Knowledge Translation in Urban Housing and Health (2019-2021)

CIHR Doctoral Foreign Study Award (2017-2020)

Rhodes Scholarship (2015-2018)

Service & activity

CIHR Doctoral Research Awards Committee

Department of Community Health & Epidemiology curriculum committee, Dalhousie University

University of Manitoba Selection Committee for Rhodes Scholarships