Dr. Shelly Birnie-Lefcovitch
Honorary Research Professor
School of Social Work
St. John's College
St. John’s, NL A1C 5S7
Dr. Shelly Birnie-Lefcovitch completed a PhD (with distinction) at Wilfrid Laurier University in 1997, having previously earned an MSW at McGill University in 1971 and a BA at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia) in 1969. He joined the Memorial University faculty in 1998. Prior to that, he was the founding Co-Director of the Office of First Year Studies at the University of Guelph. He also served as Director of the School of Social Work at Memorial from 2002 to 2009.
Dr. Birnie-Lefcovitch’s area of scholarly interest is in community mental health as it pertains to primary prevention with a focus on informal social support. He is particularly interested in strategies that promote successful adaptation during normative life transitions.
Dr. Birnie-Lefcovitch has been part of a national team of researchers who conducted two SSHRC-funded studies investigating student adjustment during the transition from high school to university. He also is principal investigator of another SSHRC-funded study examining rural-urban differences in the transition to university. These studies have been carried out in collaboration with colleagues in the Counselling Centre at Memorial.
Dr. Birnie-Lefcovitch has taught in the BSW, MSW and PhD programs, supervised graduate student research, and served as a thesis examiner for students in Social Work and other graduate disciplines at Memorial.
- Birnie-Lefcovitch, S., Oliver, E., Davis-Whalen, J., McConnell, S., & Mallard, C. (In progress). Group field instruction as a supplement to individual instruction: Conceptually and empirically informed design.
- Birnie-Lefcovitch, S. (In progress). Toward the development of a comprehensive primary prevention model for helping new rural students adapt successfully to higher education (Monograph). St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador: Memorial University, School of Social Work).
- Wintre, M., Ames, M., Pancer, M., Pratt, M., Polivy, J., Birnie-Lefcovitch, S., Adams, G. (2014). Rural compared to urban home community settings as predictors of first-year students’ adjustment to university. Journal of College Student Development, 55(2), 208-215. (R)
- Birnie-Lefcovitch, S. (2013). Group Field Instruction Evaluation. St. John’s, NL: Memorial University, School of Social Work.
- Girz, L., Polivy, J., Provencher, V., Wintre, M., Pratt, M., Pancer, M., Birnie-Lefcovitch, S., & Adams, G. (2013). The four undergraduate years: Changes in weight, eating attitudes and depression. Appetite, 69, 145-150. (R)
- Wintre, M., Ames, M., Pancer, M., Pratt, M., Polivy, J., Birnie-Lefcovitch, S., & Adams, G. (2011). Parental divorce and first-year students’ transition to university: The need to include baseline data and gender. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage, 52(5), 326-343. (R)
- Wintre, M., Dilouya, B., Pancer, M., Pratt, M., Birnie-Lefcovitch, S., Polivy, J., & Adams, G. (2011). Academic achievement in first-year university: Who maintains their high school average? Higher Education, 62, 467-481 (R).
- Ames, M., Pratt, M., Pancer, M., Wintre, M., Polivy, J., Birnie-Lefcovitch, S., & Adams, G. (2011). The moderating effects of attachment style on students' experience of a transition to university group intervention program. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 43(1), 1-12. (R)
- Busseri, M., Rose-Krasnor, S., Pancer, M., Adams, G., Birnie-Lefcovitch, S., Polivy, J., Pratt, M.., Wintre, M. (2011). A longitudinal study of breadth and intensity of activity involvement and the transition to university. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 21(2), 512-518. (R)
- Tieu, T-T., Pancer, M., Pratt, M., Wintre, M., Birnie-Lefcovitch, S., Polivy, J., & Adams, G. (2010). Helping out or hanging out: the features of involvement and how it relates to university adjustment. Higher Education, 60(3), 343-355. (R)
- Wintre, M., Gates, S., Pancer, M., Pratt, M., Polivy, J., Birnie-Lefcovitch, S., & Adams, G. (2009). The student perception of university support and structure scale: Development and validation. Journal of Youth Studies, 12(3), 289-306. (R)
- Provencher, V., Polivy, J., Wintre, M., Pratt, M., Pancer, M., Birnie-Lefcovitch, S., Adams, G. (2009). Who gains or who loses weight? Psychosocial factors among first-year university students. Physiology and Behavior, 96, 135-141. (R)
- Wintre, M., Knoll, G., Pancer, M., Pratt, M., Polivy, J., Birnie-Lefcovitch, S., & Adams, G. (2008). The transition to university: The student-university match (SUM) questionnaire. Journal of Adolescent Research, 23(6), 745-769. (R)
- Buote, V., Pancer, M., Pratt, M., Adams, G., Birnie-Lefcovitch, S., Polivy, J., & Wintre, M. (2007). The importance of friends: Friendship and adjustment among 1st-year university students. Journal of Adolescent Research, 22(6), 665-689. (R)
- Armstrong, M., Birnie-Lefcovitch, S., Ungar, M. & Friesen, B. (2005). Pathways between social support, family well being, quality of parenting, and child resilience: What we know. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 14(2), 269-281. (R)