Faculty & School/Dept.
Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology
BSc, Honours Psychology - 1998
Thunder Bay, ON
M.A. Clinical Psychology - 2000
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology - 2006
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Adolescent Health Promotion and Risk Reduction - 2007
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Centre for Prevention Science
Rawana, J.S. (2013). The relative importance of body change strategies, weight perception, perceived social support, and self-esteem on adolescent depression: Longitudinal findings from a national sample. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 75, 49-54. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2013.04.012
Brownlee, K., Rawana, J.S., Franks, J., Harper, J., Bajwa, J., O’Brien, E., & Clarkson, A. (2013). A systematic review of strengths and resilience outcome literature relevant to children and adolescents. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10560-013-0301-9
McPhie, M.L., & Rawana, J.S. (2012). Unraveling the relation between physical activity, self-esteem and depressive symptoms among early and late adolescents: A mediation analysis. Mental Health & Physical Activity, 5, 43-49. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2011.03.031
Rawana, J.S., & Ames, M. (2012). Protective predictors of alcohol use trajectories among Canadian Aboriginal youth. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 41, 229-243. doi 10.1007/s10964-011-9716-9
Rawana, J.S. & Ahola Kohut, S. (2012). Eating attitudes, coping styles, and peer relations among adolescents with seasonal and nonseasonal depression. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 36, 199-209. doi: 10.1007/s10608-010-9333-z.
Rawana, J.S., & Morgan, A.S. (2011). The relation between eating- and weight-related disturbances and depressive symptoms among early and late adolescent girls and boys [Special issue on Body Weight Regulation in Humans]. Journal of Nutritional Disorders and Therapy, S2, 1-9. doi: 10.4172/jndt.S2-001
Rawana, J.S., Norwood, S.J., & Whitley, J. (2011). A mixed-method evaluation of a strength-based bullying prevention program. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 26, 285-302. doi: 10.1177/0829573511423741
Nguyen, H., Rawana, J.S., & Flora, D.B. (2011). Risk and protective predictors of depression trajectories among adolescents from immigrant backgrounds. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 40, 1544-1558. doi: 10.1007/s10964-011-9636-8
Rawana, J.S., Morgan, A.S., Nguyen, H., & Craig, S. (2010). The relation between eating- and weight-related disturbances and depression in adolescence: A review. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 13, 213-230. doi: 10.1007/s10567-010-0072-1
Wolfe, D.A., Rawana, J.S., & Chiodo, D. (2006). Abuse and trauma. In D. A. Wolfe & E. J. Mash (Eds.), Behavioral and emotional disorders in adolescents: Nature, assessment, and treatment. New York: Guilford.
Technical and Policy Reports
Rawana, J.S., & Nguyen, H. (2011). Student Engagement: Review of the Current Literature. York University, Toronto, ON, Canada.
Rawana, J.S., Flett, G.L., Nguyen, H., Norwood, S.J., & McPhie, M.L. (2011). Developmental trajectories of emotion regulation among children, adolescents, and emerging adults: Executive summary and report. Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Toronto, ON.
Rawana, J.S., & Pitawanakwat, R. (2010). Aboriginal Leadership & Mentoring (ALM) Program. A mentorship program for Aboriginal students at York University. Mentor’s Manual, Pilot Version. Toronto, ON.
Rawana, J.S., & Nguyen, H. (2010). Collaborative strategies in school-based mental health prevention programs: Simultaneously improving mental health and educational outcomes. Executive summary and report. Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Toronto, Canada.
Rawana, J.S., & Nguyen, H. (2010). Collaborations and outcomes in school-based mental health programs targeting Aboriginal children and adolescents: A systematic review. Executive summary and report. Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Toronto, Canada.
Other Research Outputs
Refereed Conference Presentations (Selection)
Rawana, J.S., & Norwood, S.J. (2013, May). The association between adaptive and maladaptive cognitions and depression among emerging adults: Implications for attentional mechanisms in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Poster session presented at the 1st International Conference on Mindfulness, Rome, Italy.
Rawana, J.S., Ames, M., Gentile, P., & Morgan. A.S. (2012, August). Protective predictors of alcohol use and depression trajectories: Findings from a national sample of Aboriginal youth. Paper session presented at the 13th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Adolescence, Spetses, Greece.
Rawana, J.S. (2012, August). The influence of self-esteem and eating- and weight-related cognitions on depression trajectories among youth. Paper session presented at the 13th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Adolescence, Spetses, Greece.
Rawana, J.S., Nguyen, H., & Lumley, M. (2012, August). Interprofessional practice: Associations between personal strengths and school engagement among youth [Latebreaking Presidential Session on Interprofessional Practice]. Poster session presented at the 120th American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Orlando, FL.
Rawana, J.S., Norwood, S.J., & Whitley, J. (2012, July). Strengths in Motion: Evaluation of a Strength-Based Bullying Prevention Program. In M. Lumley (Chair), Promoting positive relationships, emotional functioning, and school engagement in youth. Paper symposium conducted at the First Canadian Conference in Positive Psychology, Toronto, ON.
Rawana, J.S., Flett, G.L., Nguyen, H., Norwood, S.J., & McPhie, M.L. (2012, June). Developmental trends of emotion regulation among adolescents: A systematic review of the current literature. In Y. Bohr (Chair), Interpersonal relationships and emotion regulation among adolescents with internalizing issues: Findings from the current literature and implications for clinical practice. Paper symposium conducted at the 73rd Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Halifax, NS.
Rawana, J.S. (2011, October). The relation between eating- and weight-related disturbances and symptoms of depression and anxiety: Distinctive and overlapping findings. Paper session presented at the 5th Conference on Emerging Adulthood, Providence, RI.
Rawana, J.S. (2010, June). The influence of psychological strengths on the longitudinal association between substance use and depression among adolescents. In J.S. Rawana (Chair), The impact of positive relationships and psychological strengths on adolescent depression: Findings from population-based surveys. Paper symposium conducted at the 71st Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Winnipeg, MB.
Rawana, J.S. (2010, May). The longitudinal association between eating-related disturbances and depression in a national sample of adolescents. Poster session presented at the 12th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Adolescence, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Rawana, J.S. (2010, May). School-based mental health programs for Aboriginal students. Workshop presented at the 5th Annual Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence (PREVNet) Conference, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON.
Rawana, J.S. (2010, May). The impact of eating- and weight-related disturbances on the developmental trajectories of depression among adolescents. In J.S. Rawana (Chair), The relation between eating- and weight-related disturbances and adolescent depression: Novel findings from national surveys. Poster symposium presented at Development 2010: A Canadian Conference on Developmental Psychology, Ottawa, ON.
Invited Addresses, Community Presentations, and Colloquia (Selection)
Rawana, J.S. (2013, March). Playing to their strengths: Fostering school success among crown wards. Keynote Address at the Provincial Symposium of the Crown Ward Education Championship Teams, Cambridge, ON.
Rawana, J.S. (2012, January). Expert Panel Member at The future of prevention science: Training and educating the next generation of prevention science scholars. Canadian Prevention Science Cluster: Regional Hub Meeting, London, ON.
Rawana, J.S., & Flett, G.L. (2011, April). Developmental trajectories of emotion regulation among children, adolescents, and emerging adults: Roundtable Discussion. Paper presented at the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services: Youth Policy Framework Research Forum, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, ON.
Rawana, J.S., & Morgan, A.S. (2010, March). The role of eating-related disturbances in preventing and treating depression among teens: "Food for thought". Paper presented at the Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) Clinical Rounds, Burlington, ON.
Rawana, J.S. (2010, January). Depression in childhood and adolescence. Paper presented at the Pediatric Rounds, York Central Hospital, Richmond Hill, ON.
Rawana, J.S., Morgan, A.S., & Nguyen, H., & Flora, D.B. (April 2009). The National Longitudinal Survey of Child and Youth (NLSCY): Infinite opportunities to study children, adolescents, and emerging adults in Canada. Paper presented at the York Statistics Canada Research Data Centre Symposium, Reception, and Open House. York University, Toronto, ON.
Canadian Psychological Association
American Psychological Association
Society for Research in Child Development
Society for Research on Adolescence
The College of Psychologists of Ontario
Calumet College, York University
Canadian National School-Based Mental Health and Substance Abuse Consortium
Canadian Prevention Science Cluster
Centre of Excellence for Children and Adolescents with Special Needs at Lakehead University
Clinical-Developmental Psychology Graduate Program
Chair, Curriculum Committee
Department of Psychology, York University
Undergraduate Recruitment Coordinator
Faculty of Health Experiential Education Workgroup, York University
Department of Psychology Representative (past)
LaMarsh Centre for Child and Youth Research at York University
Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet)
York University Psychology Clinic
CPA Certificate of Academic Excellence for Doctoral Thesis - 2006
Early-Career Service Award, Fac of Health, YorkU (nominated) - 2012
Teaching Award, Fac of Graduate Studies, YorkU (nominated) - 2011
Currently available to supervise graduate students: No
Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: No
Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes
Dr. Jennine Rawana has broad research, clinical, and teaching interests in adolescent mental health. Specifically, her research interests are in three main areas. First, she examines the risk/vulnerability (e.g., eating- and weight-related disturbances) and protective (e.g., psychological strengths) factors that are related to mental health issues, particularly depressive symptoms, primarily in adolescence and secondarily in emerging adulthood. Second, she studies the development of emotion regulation, primarily in adolescence and secondarily in emerging adulthood. Finally, she examines the promotion of mental health and school engagement in strength-based programs in schools. Within this area, she also uses a participatory community-based research framework to develop, implement, and evaluate strength-based and mentoring programs that promote the mental health and educational outcomes of Aboriginal students. Across these research areas, Dr. Rawana and the REACh lab, consisting of undergraduate and graduate students, research assistants, and volunteers, have adopted a positive psychology approach that focuses on promoting individual and contextual factors that protect against the development and maintenance of mental health issues. She also strives to broaden our understanding of these issues among Aboriginal youth in Canada. Please see the REACh lab website for more information.