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Casale, M. Flicker, S., & Nixon, S. (In press). Fieldwork challenges: Lessons learned from a North-South public health research partnership. Health Promotion Practice.

Casale, M., Nixon, S., Flicker, S., Rubincam, C., & Jenney, A. (In press). Condoms, abstinence, right and wrong: Critical reflections on FBO's HIV Prevention Program in South Africa. African Journal of AIDS Research.

Cepeda, N. J., Blackwell, K. A., & Munakata, Y. (in press). Speed isn't everything: Complex processing speed measures mask individual differences and developmental changes in executive control. Developmental Science.

Connolly, J. A., Friedlander, L., Pepler, D., & Craig, W. (in press). The ecology of adolescent dating    aggression: Attitudes, relationships, media use, and socio-demographic risk factors. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma.

Connolly, J., Heifetz, M., & Bohr, Y. (In press). Pregnancy and motherhood among adolescent girls in child welfare services: A meta-synthesis of qualitative research. Journal of Public Child Welfare.

Koz, D., Fraser-Thomas, J., & Baker, J. (In press). Accuracy of professional sports drafts in predicting career potential. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports.

Connors, L., Connolly, J., & Toplak, M. (in press). Self-reported inattention in early adolescent in a community sample. Journal of Attention Disorders.

Fraser-Thomas, J., Strachan, L., & Jeffery-Tosoni, S. (In press). Family influence on children's involvement in sport. In J. Cote & R. Lidor (Eds.), Conditions of Children's Talent Development in Sport. Fitness Information Technology.

Khosbi, N., & Flicker, S. (In press). Reflections on adopting a CBPR approach for your dissertation. Opportunities and challenges. Progress in Community Health Partnerships.

Nixon, S., Flicker, S., Rubincam, C., & Casale, M. (In press). Is 80% a passing grade?: Meanings attached to condom use in an abstinence-plus HIV prevention programme in South Africa. AIDS Care.

Nocentini, A., Pastorelli, C., Connolly, J., Craig, W., Pepler, D., & Menesini, E. (in press). Physical dating aggression in adolescence: Cultural and gender invariance. European Psychologist.

Page, J., Macpherson, A.K., Middaugh-Bonne,y T., & Tator, C. (In press). Prevalence of helmet use by users of bicycles, push scooters, in-line skates, and skateboards in Toronto and the surrounding area in the absence of comprehensive legislation: An observational study. Injury Prevention.

Pepler, D. & Craig, W. (in press). Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence in Canada. International Journal of Behavioral Development.

Pepler, D.J., Craig, W.M., Jiang, D. & Connolly, J. (in press). Bullying:  A Pathway to Crime. Criminal Justice and Behavior.

Rawana, J.S. & Nguyen, H. (in press). School-based mental health programs for Aboriginal 
children and youth. In J. Cummings, D. Pepler, & W. Craig (Eds.), PREVNet Series, Volume IV. Bloomington, IN: Author House.

Riccio, G., Baumgartner, E., Bohr, Y., Kanter, D., & Laghi, F. (In press). Dual vulnerability of being both a teen and an immigrant parent: Illustrations from an Italian context. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health.

Rogers, M, Hwang, H., Toplak, M. E., Weiss, M., & Tannock, R. (in press). Inattention, working memory, and academic achievement in adolescents referred for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Child Neuropsychology.

Sana, F., Weston, T., & Cepeda, N. J. (2013). Laptop multitasking hinders classroom learning for both users and nearby peers. Computers and Education, 62, 24-31.

Sawyer, J.L., Mishna, F., Pepler, D., & Wiener, J. (in press). The missing voice: Parents' perspectives of  bullying. Children and Youth Services Review.

Shulman, S., Zlotnik, A., Shachar-Shapira, L., Connolly, J., & Bohr, Y. (In press). Adolescent daughters' romantic competence: The role of divorce, quality of parenting, and maternal romantic history. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.

Toplak, M.E., West, R.F., & Stanovich, K.E. (in press). Practitioner review: Do performance-based measures and ratings of executive function assess the same construct? Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.


Al-Sahab, B., Ardern, CI., Hamadeh, MJ., Tamim, H. (2012). Age at menarche and current substance use among Canadian adolescent girls: Results of a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health

Al-Sahab, B., Heifetz, M.,Tamim, H., Bohr, Y., Connolly, J. (2012). Prevalence and characteristics of teen motherhood in Canada. Journal of Maternal and Child Health, 16, 228-234.

LeGris, J., Links, P.S., van Reekum, R., Tannock, R. & Toplak, M. (2012). Executive function and suicidal risk in women with Borderline Personality Disorder. Psychiatry Research.

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.

Rawana, J.S., & Ames, M. (2012). Protective predictors of alcohol use trajectories among Canadian Aboriginal youth. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 41, 229-243.


Al-Sahab, B., Adair, L., Hamadeh, MJ., Ardern, CI., Tamim, H. (2011). Impact of breastfeeding duration on age at menarche. American Journal of Epidemiology, 173(9), 971-977.

Al-Sahab, B., Hamadeh, MJ., Ardern, CI., Tamim, H. (2011). Early menarche predicts incidence of asthma in early adulthood. American Journal of Epidemiology, 173(1), 64-70.

Bohr, Y., & Whitfield, N. (2011). Transnational mothering in an era of globalization: Chinese-Canadian immigrant mothers' decision-making when separating from their infants. Journal of the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (Special Issue on Mothering and Migration: (Trans)nationalisms, Globalization and Displacement), 2(2), 162-175.

Bornstein, M. H., & Bohr, Y. (2011). Immigration, Acculturation, and Parenting. In R. E. Tremblay, M. Boivin, & R. deV. Peters (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Development, Ottawa, Canada: Center of Excellence for Early Childhood Development.

Cote, J. & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2011). Youth involvement and positive development in sport. In P.R.E. Crocker (ed.). Sport psychology: A Canadian perspective, (2nd edition) (pp.226-255). Toronto: Pearson Prentice Hall.

Giannotti, M., Al-Sahab, B., McFaull, S., Tamim, H. (2011). Epidemiology of acute soccer injuries in Canadian youth. Pediatr Emerg Care, 27(2), 81-85.

Kang, S. H. K., Pashler, H., Cepeda, N. J., Rohrer, D., & Carpenter, S. K. (2011). Does incorrect guessing impair fact learning? Journal of Educational Psychology, 103, 48-59.

Kowal, C., Kuk, J., Tamim, H. (2011). Characteristics of weight gain in pregnancy among Canadian women, Maternal and Child Health Journal [Epub ahead of print].

Lanes, A., Kuk J., Tamim, H. (2011). Prevalence and characteristics of Postpartum Depression symptomatology among Canadian women: a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health, 11(11), 302.

Moreno, S., Bialystok, E., Barac, R., Schellenberg, E. G., Cepeda, N. J., & Chau, T. (2011). Short-term music training enhances verbal intelligence and executive function. Psychological Science, 22, 1425-1433.

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. Advance online publication: doi: 10.1007/s10964-011-9636-8.

Rawana, J.S., Flett, G., Nguyen, H. Norwood, S.J., McPhie, M. (2011).  Developmental Trajectories of Emotion Regulation Among Children, Adolescents and Emerging Adults: Interim Report. Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services: Toronto, ON, Canada.

Sobel, H. S., Cepeda, N. J., & Kapler, I. V. (2011). Spacing effects in real-world classroom vocabulary learning. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 25, 763-767.

Spassiani, N., & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2011). Integrating mental skills into a physical activity program for children and adolescents with intellectual disabilities. PHENex Journal, 3(3).

Walker, M., Al-Sahab, B., Islam, F., Tamim H. (2011). The epidemiology of alcohol utilization during pregnancy: an analysis of the Canadian Maternity Experiences Survey (MES). BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 12(11), 52.

White, H.L., & Macpherson, A.K. (2011). Capturing paediatric injury in Ontario: Differences in injury incidence using self-reported survey and health service utilisation data. Injury Prevention Online.



Al-Sahab, B., Ardern, CI., Hamadeh, MJ., Tamim, H. (2010). Age at menarche in Canada: results from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children & Youth. BMC Public Health, 28(10),736.

Al-Sahab, B., Feldman, M., Macpherson, A.K., Ohlsson, A., & Tamim, H. (2010). Which method of breastfeeding supplementation is best? Paediatric Child Health, 15(7), 427-431.

Al-Sahab, B., Lanes, A., Feldman, M., Tamim, H. (2010). Prevalence and predictors of 6-Month exclusive breastfeeding among Canadian women. BMC Pediatrics, 10,20.

Baker, J., Fraser-Thomas, J., Dionigi, R. A., & Horton, S. (2010). Sport participation and positive development in older persons, European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, 7, 3-12.

Bohr, Y. (2010). Transnational infancy: a new context for attachment and the need for better models. Child Development Perspectives, 4(3), 189-196.

Bohr, Y., Halpert, B., Brightling, L., Chan, J., Ellenbogen, B., Lishak, V. (2010). How Effectively do Customized Evidence-Based Programs Improve Parent-Infant Interactions? An exploratory evaluation of Community-Based Parenting Training. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 28(1), 55-68.

Brual, J., Gravely-Witte, S., Suskin, N., Stewart, D.E., Macpherson, A.K., & Grace, S.L. Drive time to cardiac rehabilitation: At what point does it affect utilization? International Journal of Health Geographics, 2010.

Connolly, J., Friedlander, L., Pepler, D., Craig, W., & Laporte, L. (2010) The ecology of adolescent dating aggression: Attitudes, relationships, media use, and socio-demographic risk factors. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 19, 469-491.

Connolly, J., Nocentini, A., Menesini, E., Pepler, D., Craig, W., & Williams, T. (2010). Adolescent Dating Aggression in Canada and Italy: A Cross-National Comparison. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 34, 98-105.

Connors, L. L., Connolly, J., & Toplak, M. E.  (2010). Self–reported inattention in early adolescence in a community sample. Journal of Attention Disorders.

Cote, J., Bruner, M., Strachan, L., Erickson, K., & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2010). Athletes’ development and coaching. In J. Lyle & C. Cushion (Eds.), Sport coaching: Professionalism and practice (pp.63-83). Oxford, UK: Elsevier.

Dudani, A., Macpherson, A., & Tamim, H. (2010). Childhood behavior problems and unintentional injury: A longitudinal, population-based study. Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 31(4), 276-85.

Flicker, S., Guta, A., Larkin, J., Flynn, S., Fridkin, A., Pole, et al. (2010). Survey design from the ground-up: The Toronto Teen Survey CBPR approach. Health Promotion Practice, 11(1), 112-122.

Fraser-Thomas, J., Cote, J., & MacDonald, D. J. (2010). Community size in youth sport settings: Examining developmental assets and sport withdrawal. PHENex Journal, 2(2).

Guta, A., Wilson, M.G., Flicker, S., Travers, R., Mason, C., Wenyeve, G., & O'Campo, P. (2010). Are we asking the right questions?: A review of Canadian REB practices in relation to community-based participatory research. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 5(2), 35-46.

Heifetz, M., Connolly, J., Pepler, D. & Craig, W. (2010) Family divorce and romantic relationships in early adolescence.  Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 51, 366-378.

Jiang, D. & Pepler, D, (2010). The effect of population heterogeneity on statistical power in the design and evaluation of interventions. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 34(5), 473-480.

Li, Z., Connolly, J., Jiang, D., Pepler, D., & Craig, W. (2010). Adolescent Romance in China and Canada: Links with parent and peer relationships. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 34, 113-120.

Mackay, M., Macpherson, A.K., Pike, I., Vincenten, J., & McClure, R. (2010). Action indicators for injury prevention. Injury Prevention,16, 204-207.

Macpherson, A.K., Jones, J., Rothman, L., Macarthur, C., & Howard, A.W. (2010). Safety standards and socioeconomic disparities in school playground injuries: A retrospective cohort study. BMC Public Health,10, 542.

Mishna, F., Pepler, D., Cook, C., Craig, W., & Wiener, J. (2010). The ongoing problem of bullying in Canada: A ten-year perspective. Canadian Social Work, 12, 43-59.

Mitchell, C., Stuart, J., DeLange, N., Moletsane, R., Buthelezi, T., Larkin, J., & Flicker, S. (2010). What difference does this make? Studying South African youth as knowledge producers within a new literacy of HIV and AIDS. In Higgins, C & Norton, B. (Eds.), Language and HIV/AIDS. Multilingual Matters. Toronto, pp 214-232.

Pepler, D., Jiang, D., Craig, W., & Connolly, J. (2010). Developmental Trajectories of Girls’ and Boys’ Delinquency and Associated Problems. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 38, 1033-1044.

Pepler, D., Walsh, M., Yuile, A., Levene, K., Jiang, D., Vaughan, A., & Webber, J. (2010). Bridging the gender gap: Interventions with aggressive girls and their parents.  Prevention Science, 229- 238.

 Pike, I., Piedt, S., Warda, L., Yanchar, N., Macarthur, C., Babul, S., & Macpherson, A.K. (2010). Developing injury indicators for Canadian children and youth: A modified delphi approach. Injury Prevention,16, 154-160.

Rawana, J.S. & Ahola Kohut, S. (2010). Eating attitudes, coping styles, and peer relations 
among adolescents with seasonal and nonseasonal depression. Cognitive Therapy and Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10608-010-9333-z.

Rawana, J.S., Morgan, A.S., Nguyen, H., & Craig, S.G. (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

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.

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). Integrative collaborative strategies in school-based prevention programs: Improving mental health and academic outcomes simultaneously. Technical Report to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS). Toronto: MCYS.

Rawana, J.S., & Nguyen, H. (2010). Systematic review of school based mental health programs targeting Aboriginal children and adolescents. Technical Report to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (MCYS). Toronto, ON: MCYS.

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.

Seiffge-Krenke, I, & Connolly, J. (2010). Adolescent romantic relationships across the globe: Involvement, conflict management, and linkages to parents and peer relationships. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 34, 97.

Stanovich, K. E., Toplak, M. E., & West, R. F. (2010). Contaminated mindware: Thinking biases of the cognitive miser. Rotman Magazine, Winter, 16-21.

Toplak, M. E., Sorge, G. B., Benoit, A., West, R. F., & Stanovich, K. E. (2010). Decision-making and cognitive abilities: A review of associations between Iowa Gambling Task performance, executive functions, and intelligence. Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 562-581.

Zadeh, Z.Y., Jenkins, J. & Pepler, D. (2010). A Transactional Analysis of Maternal Negativity and Child Externalizing Behavior.  International Journal of Behavioral Development, 34, 218-228.



Baker, J., Cobley, S., & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2009). What do we know about early sport specialization? Not much! High Ability Studies, 20(1), 77-89.

Blackwell, K. A., Cepeda, N. J., & Munakata, Y. (2009). When simple things are meaningful: Working memory strength predicts children's cognitive flexibility. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology,103, 241-249.

Bohr, Y. & Tse, C. (2009). Satellite Babies in Transnational Families: a Study of Parents’ Decision to Separate from Their Infants. Infant Mental Health Journal, 30(3), 1-22.

Carpenter, S. K., Pashler, H., & Cepeda, N. J. (2009). Using tests to enhance 8th grade students' retention of U. S. history facts. Applied Cognitive Psychology23, 760-771.

Cepeda, N. J., Coburn, N., Rohrer, D., Wixted, J. T., Mozer, M. C., & Pashler, H. (2009). Optimizing distributed practice: Theoretical analysis and practical implications. Experimental Psychology56, 236-246.

Connolly, J. A., & McIsaac, C. (Oct. 2009). Romantic Dissolutions in Adolescence: Problems with Independence and Interdependence. Journal of Adolescence, 32, 1209-1223.

Dhariwal, A., Connolly, J. A., Paccinello, M., & Caprara, G.V. (Sept. 2009). Adolescent Peer Relationships and Emerging Adult Romantic Styles: A Longitudinal Study of Youth in an Italian Community, Journal of Adolescent Research, 24, 579-600.

Flicker, S. (2009). Commentary on abstinence-plus programs for HIV infection prevention review. Evidence-Based Child Health: A Cochrane Review Journal, 4(2), 821-825.

Fraser-Thomas, J. & Cote, J. (2009). Understanding adolescents’ positive and negative developmental experiences in sport. The Sport Psychologist, 23, 3-23.

Holigrocki, R., Crain, R., Bohr, Y., Young, K., & Bensman, H. (2009). Intervention use of the Parent-Child Interaction Assessment-II enactments: Modifying an abused mothers' attributions to her son. Journal of Personality Assessment, 91(5), 397-408.

Leung, Y.W., Gravely-Witte, S., Macpherson, A., Irvine, J., Stewart, D., & Grace, S., (2009). Post-traumatic growth among Cardiac outpatients. Journal of Health Psychology, Online First.

Maegawa, G.H.B., Banwell, B. L., Blaser, S., Sorge, G., Toplak, M., Ackerley, Hawkins, C., Hayes, J., & Clarke, J.T.R. (2009). Substrate reduction therapy in juvenile GM2 gangliosidosis. Molecular Genetics and Metabolism, 98, 215-224.

Ricci, C., Flicker, S., Jalon, O., Jackson, R., & Smillie-Adjarkwa, C. (2009). HIV prevention with aboriginal youth: A global scoping review. In Handy, F., & Bunch, M. (Eds.). Sense and Sustainability: Interdisciplinary Research in Environmental Studies. Toronto: York University Bookstore, pp. 245-257.

Savan, B., Flicker, S., Kolenda, B., & Mildenberg, M. (2009). How to facilitate (or discourage) community-based research: Recommendations based on a Canadian survey. Local Environments: The International Journal of Justice and Sustainability, 14(8), 783-796.

Shuster, J., & Toplak, M. E. (2009). Executive and motivational inhibition: Associations with measures of everyday inhibition. Consciousness and Cognition, 18, 471-480.

Shuster, J., Pillai Riddell, R., McCormack, J., & Toplak, M. E. (2009). Understanding the psychosocial profile of women with fibromyalgia syndrome. Pain Research and Management, 14, 239-245.

Sorge, G. B., Moore, T., & Toplak, M. E. (2009). Comparing parenting self-help programs to evidence-based parenting programs: Understanding the efficacy of self-help advice. The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice, 7.

Tamim, H., Castel, E.S., Jamnik, V., Keir, P., Grace, S.L., Gledhill, N., & Macpherson, A.K. (2009). Tai Chi workplace program for improving musculoskeletal fitness among female computer users. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 34(3), 331-8.

Toplak, M. E., Bucciarelli, S., Jain, U., & Tannock, R. (2009). Executive functions: Is performance related to ratings in adolescents with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? Child Neuropsychology, 15, 53-72.

Toplak, M. E., Pitch, A., Flora, D. B., Iwenofu, L., Ghelani, K., Jain, U., & Tannock, R. (2009). The unity and diversity of inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity in ADHD: Evidence for a general factor with separable dimensions. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 37, 1137-1150.



Bohr, Y., Dhayanandhan, B., Armour, L., Sockett di Marco, N., Holigrocki, R. & Baumgartner, E. (2008). Mapping parent-infant interactions: a brief cognitive approach to the prevention of relationship ruptures and infant maltreatment (the MAP method). IMPrint, The Bulletin of the Infant Mental Health Promotion Project, 49, 2-7. (invited article).

Cepeda, N. J., Vul, E., Rohrer, D., Wixted, J. T., & Pashler, H. (2008). Spacing effects in learning: A temporal ridgeline of optimal retention. Psychological Science19, 1095-1102.

Cote, J., & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2008). Play, practice and athlete development. In D. Farrow, J. Baker, & C. MacMahon (Eds.), Developing elite sports performers: Lessons from theory and practice (pp. 17-28). New York: Routledge.

Fraser-Thomas, J., Cote, J., & Deakin, J. (2008). Examining adolescent sport dropout and prolonged engagement from a developmental perspective. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 20, 318-333.

Fraser-Thomas, J., Cote, J., & Deakin, J. (2008). Understanding dropout and prolonged engagement in adolescent competitive sport. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 9, 645-662.



Cepeda, N. J., & Munakata, Y. (2007). Why do children perseverate when they seem to know better: Graded working memory, or directed inhibition? Psychonomic Bulletin and Review14, 1058-1065.

Cote, J., Strachan, L., & Fraser-Thomas, J. (2007). Participation, personal development, and performance through youth sport. In N. Holt (Ed.), Positive youth development through sport (pp. 34-45). London: Routledge.

Pashler, H., Rohrer, D., Cepeda, N. J., & Carpenter, S. K. (2007). Enhancing learning and retarding forgetting: Choices and consequences. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review14, 187-193.

Wodniecka, Z., & Cepeda, N. J. (2007). Beyond the classroom: Bilingualism, cognitive skills, and health. Mosaic: A Journal for Language Teachers9, 3-8.



Bohr, Y. (2005). Infant Mental Health Programs: Experimenting with innovative models. Infant Mental Health Journal, 26(5), 407-422.



Hsu, S.S. & Lee, T.Y. (correspondence) (2004). Fall risk factors assessment tool: enhancing effectiveness in falls screening. Journal of Nursing Research, 12(3), 169-179.

Kao, B.C., Gau, M.L., Wu, S.F., Kuo,B.J., & Lee, T.Y. (2004). A comparative study of expectant parents’ childbirth expectations. Journal of Nursing Research, 12(3), 191-201.

Wang, L.H., & Lee, T.Y. (2004). Assisted pregnancy after infertility: Taiwanese women’s experience. Journal of Medical Sciences, 24(5), 249-256.