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Social WorkOther Titles: PhD, RSW, LMSW
Graduate student supervisor
Research interests include youth mental health (e.g. clinical high-risk to psychosis, first-episode psychosis, anxiety, depression), early intervention in mental health, identity in the early stages of psychosis, digital divide among youth, mental health service use decision-making, mental health service use engagement interventions, implementation research, and youth engagement in research.
Google scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=N6Jw4WEAAAAJ&hl=en
PhD in Social Work, New York University; MSc in Social Work, Columbia University; BSc in Psychology and Religion, University of Toronto.
Research Interests & Projects
Shelly’s program of research works closely with youth and young adults with mental health challenges and their families to: 1) examine decision-making and engagement with mental health services; 2) examine social, community, and online mental health messages; and 3) understand how identity is disrupted after the development of a mental health disorder. Shelly is part of the Foundry https://foundrybc.ca/ research and innovation team in BC, and currently leading a SSHRC funded research project looking at mental heath service use decision-making and engagement with services among youth and young adults.
Selected Publications & Presentations
Selected Journal Articles
- Ben-David, S., Kealy, D. (2019). Identity in the context of early psychosis: A review of recent research. Psychosis: Psychological, Social and Integrative Approaches. https://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/NJMHYZQ29A52NF58TPIF/full target=10.1080/17522439.2019.1656283
- Ben-David, S., Cole, A. R., Brucato, G., Girgis, R., & Munson, M. R. (2019). A conceptual model of mental health service utilization among young adults at clinical high-risk for developing psychosis. Psychiatric rehabilitation journal, 42(1), 17. DOI: 10.1037/prj0000336
- Ben‐David, S., Cole, A., Brucato, G., Girgis, R. R., & Munson, M. R. (2018). Mental health service use decision‐making among young adults at clinical high risk for developing psychosis. Early intervention in psychiatry. DOI: 10.1111/eip.12725
- Narendorf, S. C., Munson, M. R., Ben-David, S., Cole, A. R., & Scott Jr, L. D. (2018). Race and gender differences in attitudes toward help seeking among marginalized young adults with mood disorders: A mixed-methods investigation. Psychiatric rehabilitation journal, 41(4), 277. DOI: 10.1037/prj0000312
- Munson, M. R., Narendorf, S. C., Ben-David, S., & Cole, A. (2018). A mixed-methods investigation into the perspectives on mental health and professional treatment among former system youth with mood disorders. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/30507242
- Munson, M. R., Narendorf, S. C., Ben-David, S., Cole, A., & Floersch, J. (2018). Integrated, Overwhelmed, and Distanced: Narratives of Mental Health Among Young Adults With Prior Public System Involvement. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 9(3), 413-430. DOI: 10.1086/699223
- Ben-David, S., Cole, A., Spencer, R., Jaccard, J., & Munson, M. R. (2017). Social context in mental health service use among young adults. Journal of Social Service Research, 43(1), 85-99. DOI: 10.1080/01488376.2016.1239595
- Ben-David, S., Birnbaum, M. L., Eilenberg, M. E., DeVylder, J. E., Gill, K. E., Schienle, J., … & Corcoran, C. M. (2014). The subjective experience of youths at clinically high risk of psychosis: a qualitative study. Psychiatric Services, 65(12), 1499-1501. Doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201300527
Selected Grants & Awards
- 2019 MSFHR Scholar awardee https://www.msfhr.org/understanding-service-use-decision-making-and-improving-engagement-among-youth-and-young-adults
- BC SUPPORT Unit Patient Engagement Methods Cluster: Co-Pi’s Shelly Ben-David & Skye Barbic: “Bridging the digital divide and opening access to online research opportunities in youth and young adults living mental illness in British Columbia” (2019-2021) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA6FalH1AoQ
- SSHRC Insight development grant 2018 competition: Shelly Ben-David PI: “Service utilization among youth: Testing a novel decision-making framework” (2018-2020)
- UBC VP Research & Innovation- 2018 Collaborative Research Mobility Award: Shelly Ben-David PI: “Youth mental health, identity, and intervention: A collaborative Initiative” (2018-2019)
- Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation 2016: Shelly Ben-David Pi: “Mental health service utilization among young adults at clinical high risk for developing psychosis” (2016-2017) https://socialwork.nyu.edu/news/2016/09/29/phd-candidate-shelly-ben-david-selected-as-a-fahs-beck-scholar-.html