Faculty & School/Dept.
Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology
BSc, Honours Psychology - 1998
Thunder Bay, ON
M.A. Clinical Psychology - 2000
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology - 2006
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Adolescent Health Promotion and Risk Reduction - 2007
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Centre for Prevention Science
Tomlinson, R. M., Keyfitz, L., Rawana, J. S., Lumley, M. N. (2017). Unique contributions of positive schemas for understanding child and adolescent life satisfaction and happiness. Journal of Happiness Studies, 18(5), 1255-1274. doi: 10.1007/s10902-016-9776-3
Levin, R. & Rawana, J.S. (2016). Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Eating Disorders across the lifespan: A systematic review of the literature. Clinical Psychology Review, 50, 22-36. doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2016.09.010
Rawana, J.S., McPhie, M.L., & Hassibi, B. (2016). Eating- and weight-related factors associated with depressive symptoms in emerging adulthood. Eating Behaviors, 22, 101-108. doi:10.1016/j.eatbeh.2016.04.002
Rawana, J.S., Sieukaran, D.D., Nguyen, H.N.T., & Pitawanakwat, R. (2015). Development and evaluation of a peer mentorship program for Aboriginal university students. Canadian Journal of Education, 38(2), 1-34.
McPhie, M.L., & Rawana, J.S. (2015). The effect of physical activity on depression in adolescence and emerging adulthood: A growth-curve analysis. Journal of Adolescence, 40(1), 83-92. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2015.01.008
Ames, M., Rawana, J.S., Gentile, P., & Morgan, A.S. (2015). Protective moderators of the relationship between substance use and depression among Canadian Aboriginal youth Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 44(1), 142-154. doi: 10.1007/s10964-013-0016-4
Segers, M., & Rawana, J.S. (2014). What do we know about suicidality in autism spectrum disorders? A systematic review. Autism Research, Advance Online Publication. doi: 10.1002/aur.1375
Rawana, J.S., & Morgan, A.S. (2014). Trajectories of depressive symptoms from adolescence to young adulthood: The role of self-esteem and body-related predictors. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 43, 597-611. doi: 10.1007/s10964-013-9995-4
Rawana, J.S. (2013). The relative importance of body change strategies, weight perception, perceived social support, and self-esteem on adolescent depression: Longitudinal findings from a national sample. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 75, 49-54. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2013.04.012
Brownlee, K., Rawana, J.S., Franks, J., Harper, J., Bajwa, J., O’Brien, E., & Clarkson, A. (2013). A systematic review of strengths and resilience outcome literature relevant to children and adolescents. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s10560-013-0301-9
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. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2011.03.031
Rawana, J.S., & Ames, M.E. (2012). Protective predictors of alcohol use trajectories among Canadian Aboriginal youth. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 41, 229-243. doi 10.1007/s10964-011-9716-9
Rawana, J.S. & Ahola Kohut, S. (2012). Eating attitudes, coping styles, and peer victimization among adolescents with seasonal and nonseasonal depression. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 36, 199-209. doi: 10.1007/s10608-010-9333-z.
Rawana, J.S., & Morgan, A.S. (2011). The relation between eating- and weight-related disturbances and depressive symptoms among early and late adolescent girls and boys [Special issue on Body Weight Regulation in Humans]. Journal of Nutritional Disorders and Therapy, S2, 1-9. doi: 10.4172/jndt.S2-001
Rawana, J.S., Norwood, S.J., & Whitley, J. (2011). A mixed-method evaluation of a strength-based bullying prevention program. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 26, 285-302. doi: 10.1177/0829573511423741
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, 40, 1544-1558. doi: 10.1007/s10964-011-9636-8
Rawana, J.S., Morgan, A.S., Nguyen, H., & Craig, S. (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., Diplock, B.D., & Chan, S. (2018). Mindfulness-based programs in school settings: Current state of the research. In Leschied, A., Saklofske, D., & Flett, G. (Eds.). The Springer Series on Human Exceptionality, The handbook of school-based mental health promotion: An evidence informed framework for implementation (pp. 323-356). New York, NY: Springer Publishing.
Rawana, J.S., Gentile, P., Gagnier, K.R., Davis, K., & Moore, T.E. (2015). Mental health issues and youth offending: Trends, theories, and treatments. In A.W. Leschied & R.R. Corrado (Eds.), Serious and violent young offenders and youth criminal justice: A Canadian perspective (pp. 251-290). Burnaby, BC: Simon Frasier University Press.
Rawana, J.S., Brownlee, K., & Rawana, E.P. (2010). Participatory health research involving Aboriginal people: Principles, challenges, and future directions. In K. Brownlee, R. Neckoway, R. Delaney, & D. Durst (Eds.), Social work with Canada's First Nations peoples (pp. 247-261). Thunder Bay, ON: Centre for Northern Studies, Lakehead University.
Wolfe, D.A., Rawana, J.S., & Chiodo, D. (2006). Abuse and trauma. In D. A. Wolfe & E. J. Mash (Eds.), Behavioural and emotional disorders in adolescents: Nature, assessment, and treatment. New York: Guildford.
Technical and Policy Reports
Rawana, J.S., Flett, G.L., Bassett-Gunter, R., Fraser-Thomas, J., Levin, R.L., McDonald, K., McPhie, M.L., & Nepon, T. (2016). A systematic review of emotion regulation in middle childhood: Executive summary and final report. Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services: Toronto, ON, Canada.
Rawana, J.S., Flett, G.L., Bassett-Gunter, R., Frasier-Thomas, J., McDonald, K., & Levin, R. (2016). The developmental of emotion regulation across childhood, adolescence, and emerging adulthood: An update. Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services: Toronto, ON, Canada.
Rawana, J.S., & Nguyen, H. (2011). Student Engagement: Review of the Current Literature. York University, Toronto, ON, Canada.
Rawana, J.S., Flett, G.L., Nguyen, H., Norwood, S.J., & McPhie, M.L. (2011). Developmental trajectories of emotion regulation among children, adolescents, and emerging adults: Executive summary and report. Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Toronto, ON.
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). 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.
Other Research Outputs
Refereed Conference Presentations (Selection)
Mc Donald, K., Rawana, J.S., Flett, G.L., Bassett-Gunter, R., Fraser-Thomas, J., Levin, R.L., McPhie, M. L., & Nepon, T. (2017, June). Strengthening romantic relationships in adolescence: The role of emotion regulation. In J.S. Rawana (Chair), The LaMarsh symposium on risk, vulnerabilities, and protective factors among adolescent romantic relationships: Systematic reviews to inform child and youth policy. Paper symposium presented at the 2017 Canadian Psychological Association National Convention and CPA Market Tradeshow, Toronto, ON.
Connolly, J. Baird, K., & McDonald, K. (2018, May). Sex trafficking of underage girls: Findings from a collaborative university-community partnership. Discussant: J.S. Rawana. Paper session presented at Development 2018: A Canadian Conference on Developmental Psychology, Niagara, ON.
Rawana, J.S., & Morgan, A. (2014, March). The influence of self-esteem and body-related factors on adolescent depression trajectories. Poster session presented at the 15th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence, Austin, TX.
Rawana, J.S. (2013, October). Emotion regulation strategies and depression among emerging adults: Findings from a Canadian longitudinal study. Paper presented at the 6th Conference on Emerging Adults, Chicago, IL.
Rawana, J.S., & Norwood, S.J. (2013, May). The association between adaptive and maladaptive cognitions and depression among emerging adults: Implications for attentional mechanisms in mindfulness-based cognitive therapy. Poster session presented at the 1st International Conference on Mindfulness, Rome, Italy.
Rawana, J.S., Ames, M., Gentile, P., & Morgan. A.S. (2012, August). Protective predictors of alcohol use and depression trajectories: Findings from a national sample of Aboriginal youth. Paper session presented at the 13th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Adolescence, Spetses, Greece.
Rawana, J.S. (2012, August). The influence of self-esteem and eating- and weight-related cognitions on depression trajectories among youth. Paper session presented at the 13th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Adolescence, Spetses, Greece.
Rawana, J.S., Nguyen, H., & Lumley, M. (2012, August). Interprofessional practice: Associations between personal strengths and school engagement among youth [Latebreaking Presidential Session on Interprofessional Practice]. Poster session presented at the 120th American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Orlando, FL.
Rawana, J.S., Norwood, S.J., & Whitley, J. (2012, July). Strengths in Motion: Evaluation of a Strength-Based Bullying Prevention Program. In M. Lumley (Chair), Promoting positive relationships, emotional functioning, and school engagement in youth. Paper symposium conducted at the First Canadian Conference in Positive Psychology, Toronto, ON.
Rawana, J.S., Flett, G.L., Nguyen, H., Norwood, S.J., & McPhie, M.L. (2012, June). Developmental trends of emotion regulation among adolescents: A systematic review of the current literature. In Y. Bohr (Chair), Interpersonal relationships and emotion regulation among adolescents with internalizing issues: Findings from the current literature and implications for clinical practice. Paper symposium conducted at the 73rd Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Halifax, NS.
Rawana, J.S. (2011, October). The relation between eating- and weight-related disturbances and symptoms of depression and anxiety: Distinctive and overlapping findings. Paper session presented at the 5th Conference on Emerging Adulthood, Providence, RI.
Rawana, J.S. (2010, June). The influence of psychological strengths on the longitudinal association between substance use and depression among adolescents. In J.S. Rawana (Chair), The impact of positive relationships and psychological strengths on adolescent depression: Findings from population-based surveys. Paper symposium conducted at the 71st Annual Convention of the Canadian Psychological Association, Winnipeg, MB.
Rawana, J.S. (2010, May). The longitudinal association between eating-related disturbances and depression in a national sample of adolescents. Poster session presented at the 12th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Adolescence, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Rawana, J.S. (2010, May). School-based mental health programs for Aboriginal students. Workshop presented at the 5th Annual Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence (PREVNet) Conference, McMaster University, Hamilton, ON.
Rawana, J.S. (2010, May). The impact of eating- and weight-related disturbances on the developmental trajectories of depression among adolescents. In J.S. Rawana (Chair), The relation between eating- and weight-related disturbances and adolescent depression: Novel findings from national surveys. Poster symposium presented at Development 2010: A Canadian Conference on Developmental Psychology, Ottawa, ON.
Invited Addresses, Community Presentations, and Colloquia (Selection)
Rawana, J.S., & McPhie, M.L. (2013, December). Depressive symptom trajectories across adolescence and emerging adulthood: Associated risk and protective factors. Paper presented at the Department of Psychology Colloquium Series, University of Sapienza, Rome, Italy.
Rawana, J.S. (2013, March). Playing to their strengths: Fostering school success among crown wards. Keynote Address at the Provincial Symposium of the Crown Ward Education Championship Teams, Cambridge, ON.
Rawana, J.S. (2012, January). Expert Panel Member at The future of prevention science: Training and educating the next generation of prevention science scholars. Canadian Prevention Science Cluster: Regional Hub Meeting, London, ON.
Rawana, J.S., & Flett, G.L. (2011, April). Developmental trajectories of emotion regulation among children, adolescents, and emerging adults: Roundtable Discussion. Paper presented at the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services: Youth Policy Framework Research Forum, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, ON.
Rawana, J.S., & Morgan, A.S. (2010, March). The role of eating-related disturbances in preventing and treating depression among teens: "Food for thought". Paper presented at the Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) Clinical Rounds, Burlington, ON.
Rawana, J.S. (2010, January). Depression in childhood and adolescence. Paper presented at the Pediatric Rounds, York Central Hospital, Richmond Hill, ON.
Canadian Psychological Association
American Psychological Association
Society for Research in Child Development
Society for Research on Adolescence
The College of Psychologists of Ontario
Calumet College, York University
Canadian Prevention Science Cluster
Centre of Education and Research on Positive Youth Development at Lakehead University
Clinical-Developmental Psychology Graduate Program
Chair, Curriculum Committee
Faculty of Health Experiential Education Workgroup, York University
Department of Psychology Representative (past)
Journal of Youth and Adolesence
Editorial Board Member
LaMarsh Centre for Child and Youth Research at York University
Mental Health Steering Committee
CPA Certificate of Academic Excellence for Doctoral Thesis - 2006
Early-Career Service Award, Fac of Health, YorkU (nominated) - 2012
Teaching Award, Fac of Graduate Studies, YorkU (nominated) - 2011
Merit Award, York University - 2012
Currently available to supervise graduate students: Yes
Currently taking on work-study students, Graduate Assistants or Volunteers: Yes
Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: No
Dr. Jennine Rawana has broad research, clinical, and teaching interests in adolescent mental health and well-being. Specifically, her research interests are in three main areas. First, she examines the risk/vulnerability and protective (e.g., psychological strengths) factors that are related to mental health issues, particularly depressive symptoms, primarily in adolescence and secondarily in emerging adulthood. Second, she studies the development of emotion regulation across adolescence and emerging adulthood. Finally, she examines the promotion of mental health and school engagement in strength-based programs in schools. Within this area, she also uses a participatory community-based research framework to develop, implement, and evaluate strength-based and mentoring programs that promote the mental health and educational outcomes of Indigenous youth. Across these research areas, Dr. Rawana and the REACh lab, consisting of undergraduate and graduate students, research assistants, and volunteers, have adopted a positive psychology approach that focuses on promoting individual and contextual factors that protect against the development and maintenance of mental health, well-being, and student success. She also strives to broaden our understanding of these issues among Indigenous youth in Canada. Please see the REACh lab website for more information.