Shelly Ben-David

Assistant Professor

Social Work
Other Titles: PhD, RSW, LMSW
Phone: 250-807-9434

Graduate student supervisor

Research Summary

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.


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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  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. 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.
  • 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/

Selected Grants & Awards




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