Yvonne M Bohr

Associate Professor

Locations / Contact Info:

117 Behavioural Science - BSB
Keele Campus
Phone: 416 736 2100 Ext. 40561
Fax: 416 736 5814

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Lab Website
Faculty of Health profile

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology


Doctorate -
University of Toronto

Selected Publications

Bohr, Y., Liu, C. & Chen, S. (in Press). Satellite Babies: Costs and benefits of culturally     driven parent-infant separations in North American immigrant families. In de Guzman, M.R.T., Brown, J. & Pope Edwards, C. (Editors). Parenting From Afar: The Reconfiguration of the Family Across Distance. Oxford University Press.

Bohr, Y. (in Press). Social Justice. Entry for SAGE Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development. SAGE Pub.,Thousand Oaks, CA.

Bohr, Y., Hynie, M. & Armour, L. (2015). Focusing on Resilience in Canadian Immigrant Mothers’ Mental Health. In Khanlou N & Pilkington B.  (Editors). Women’s Mental Health: Resistance and Resilience in Community and Society.  Advances in Mental Health and Addiction (Series Editor: Masood Zangeneh). 233-245. New York: Springer.

Hynie, M., Umubyeyi, B., Gasanganwa, M.C., Bohr, Y., McGrath, S. & Umuziga, P. (2015). Community Resilience and Community Interventions for Post-Natal Depression: Reflecting on Maternal Mental Health in Rwanda. In Khanlou N & Pilkington B.  (Editors). Women’s Mental Health: Resistance and Resilience in Community and Society. Advances in Mental Health and Addiction (Series Editor: Masood Zangeneh). New York: Springer.

Liu, CH., Chen, S., Bohr, Y., Wang, L., & Tronick, E. (in Press). Exploring the assumptions of attachment theory across cultures: The practice of transnational separation among Chinese immigrant parents and children. In J. Lupp (Ed.). Contextualizing Attachment: The Cultural Nature of Attachment. Strüngmann Forum Reports & MIT Press: Boston.

Smarandache, A., Kim, T. H., Bohr, Y., & Tamim, H. (2016). Predictors of a negative labour and birth experience based on a national survey of Canadian women. BMC pregnancy and childbirth, 16(1), 1.

Dhayanandhan, B., & Bohr, Y. (2015). The Role of Identity Development in Moderating Stress and Promoting Parenting Capacity in Teen Mothers. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science. 

Muir, N., & Bohr, Y. (2014).  Raising Healthy Aboriginal Children: A Review on Aboriginal Parenting Values and Practices. First Peoples Child & Family Review, 9 (1), 66-79.

Dhayanandhan, B., Bohr, Y. & Connolly, J., (2015). Developmental task attainment and child abuse potential in at-risk adolescent mothers. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24 (7), 1987-1998.

Viecili, M., Weiss, J. & Bohr, Y. (2015). Parenting Stress as a Correlate of CBT Responsiveness in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Anxiety. Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities,  DOI: 10.1177/1088357614547808.

Bohr, Y. & BinNoon, N. (2014). Enhancing sensitivity in adolescent mothers: Does a standardized, popular parenting intervention work with teens? Child Care in Practice, 20 (3), 286-300. DOI: 10.1080/13575279.2014.905454

Connolly, J., Heifetz, M., & Bohr, Y. (2012). Pregnancy and Motherhood Among Adolescent Girls in Child Protective Services: A Meta-Synthesis of Qualitative Research. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 6(5), 614-635.

Laghi F., Baumgartner E., Riccio G., Bohr Y., Dhayanandhan B. (2012). The role of romantic involvement and social support in Italian adolescent mothers’ lives. Journal of Child and Family Studies. DOI: 10.1007/s10826-012-9669-y

Riccio, G., Baumgartner, E., Bohr, Y., Kanter, D. & Laghi, F. (2012).  Dual vulnerability of being both a teen and an immigrant parent: Illustrations from an Italian context. Journal  of Immigrant and Minority Health, 13(3):518–25.


Society for Research in Child Development

Canadian Psychological Association

World Association of Infant Mental Health


Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes

Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

Dr. Bohr is a clinical psychologist specializing in atypical development and child and family treatment. Her research focus is on preventive community based interventions. Together with her graduate students and a team of  clinicians she studies the following aspects of child and infant mental heath: parent-infant relationships, parental cognition in the context of maltreatment, treatment of childhood anxiety and culture-specific parenting practices. She is particularly interested in parent-child separations that occur during the process of migration. Dr. Bohr's research team is also involved in ongoing  program evaluations of evidence based treatments in community clinics, and in the study of  knowledge translation in the area of child treatment generally. Her research is applied and community based. She has a strong interest in social equity and  the social determinants of child and family mental health.