Yvonne 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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Web site(s):

Lab Website
Faculty of Health profile

Faculty & School/Dept.

Faculty of Health - Department of Psychology


Doctorate -
University of Toronto

Selected Publications


Peer Reviewed and Invited Publications Published and In Press:

Invited Book Chapters 

Bornstein, M. H., Bohr, Y. &Hamel, K. (2020). Immigration, Acculturation, and Parenting. In R. E. Tremblay, M. Boivin, & R. DeV Peters (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Development, Ottawa, Canada: Center ofExcellence for Early Childhood Development, 2020.

Muir, N., Bohr, Y., Shepard, M., Warne, D & Healey, G. (2019). Aboriginal Parenting. The Handbook of Parenting, 3rd edition, NY: Routledge, Marc Bornstein, Editor. 

Bohr, Y. (2018). Social Justice. Entry for SAGE Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development. M. Bornstein, Editor. SAGE Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA.

Bohr, Y., Liu, C., Chen, S. & Wang, L. (2018). 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 (pp. 304-320). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 

5. Bohr, Y., Hynie, M. & Armour, L. (2015). Focusing on Resilience in Canadian Immigrant Mothers’ MentalHealth. In Khanlou N & Pilkington B.  (Editors). Women’s Mental Health: Resistance and Resilience inCommunity 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). CommunityResilience and Community Interventions for Post-Natal Depression: Reflecting on Maternal Mental Health inRwanda. In Khanlou N & Pilkington B.  (Editors). Women’s Mental Health: Resistance and Resilience inCommunity and Society. Advances in Mental Health and Addiction (Series Editor: Masood Zangeneh). NewYork: Springer.

Bornstein, M. H., & Bohr, Y. (2011). Immigration, Acculturation, and Parenting. In R. E. Tremblay, M. Boivin, & R. DeV Peters (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Early Childhood Development, Ottawa, Canada: Center of Excellencefor Early Childhood Development, 2011.

Peer reviewed journal articles

Bohr, Y., Litwin, L., Hankey, J., McCague, H., Singoorie, C., Lucassen, M., Shepherd, M. & Barnhardt, J. (under Review). Evaluating the Utility of a Psychoeducational Serious Game Originally Developed for Māori Youth in Protecting Inuit Youth from Depression: A SPARX Pilot Study. JMIR Serious Games.

Litwin, L., Bohr, Y., Hankey, J., Lucassen, M., Shepherd, M. & Singoorie, C. (under Review).Suitability of SPARX, a Self-Administered e-Intervention for Depression, for Inuit Youth in Nunavut. Journal of Rural Mental Health.

Hamel, K., Abdelmaseh, M. & Bohr, Y. (under Review). An Exploration of Parenting Styles, Cultural Values and Child Development in a Sample of Latin American Immigrants. Infant Mental Health Journal.

Thomas, A., Hankey, J., OskaIns, M., Barnhardt, J. & Bohr, Y. (2022). How did Nunavummiut Youth Cope during the COVID-19 Pandemic? A Qualitative Exploration of the Resilience of Inuit Youth Leaders involved in the I-SPARX Project. The Journal of Circumpolar Health. https://doi.org/10.1080/22423982.2022.2043577

Cerezo, M. A., Abdelmaseh, M., Trenado, R. M., Pons-Salvador, G., & Bohr, Y. (2021). The temporal dimension in the understanding of maternal sensitivity in caregiver-infant interactions: The ‘Early Mother-Child Interaction Coding System’. Infant Behavior and Development, 63, 101-563.

Bohr Y, Bimm M, Bint Misbah K, et al. (2020). The Crying Clinic: Increasing accessibility to Infant Mental Health services for immigrant parents at risk for peripartum depression. Infant Mental Health Journal, 42(1),140-156. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/imhj.21879

Madigan, S., Eirich, R., Racine, N., Borland‐Kerr, C., Cooke, J. E., Devereux, C., Plamondon, A.R., Tarabulsy, G.M., Cyr, C., Haltigan, J.D., Bohr, Y., Bronfman, E. & Lyons‐Ruth, K. (2020). Feasibility of training service providers on the AMBIANCE-Brief measure for use in community settings. Infant Mental Health Journal. 2020; 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1002/imhj.21898

Bornstein, M., Putnick, D., Bohr, Y., Abdelmaseh, M. & Lee, Y. (2020). Maternal Sensitivity and Language in Infancy Promote Child Core Language Skill in Preschool. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 51, 483-489. 

Mehra, V., Keethakumar, A., Bohr, Y., Abdullah, P. & Tamim, H. (2019). The Association between Alcohol, Marijuana, Illegal Drug Use and Current Use of E-cigarette Among Youth and Young Adults in Canada: Results from Canadian Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs Survey 2017. BMC Public Health 19(1). DOI: 10.1186/s12889-019-7546-y

Bohr, Y., Putnick, D. L., Lee, Y., & Bornstein, M. H. (2018). Evaluating Caregiver Sensitivity to Infants: Measures Matter. Infancy, 23(5), 730-747.

Bohr, Y., Dhayanandhan, B., Kanter, D., Holigrocki, R., Armour, L., & Baumgartner, E. (2018). Mapping the attributions of parents: a client-centered dynamic approach to assessing vulnerable caregivers and their young children. Person-Centered & Experiential Psychotherapies, 17(1), 54-69.

Myers, K., Cummings, J. R., Zima, B., Oberleitner, R., Roth, D., Merry, S. M., Bohr, Y. & Stasiak, K. (2018). Advances in Asynchronous Telehealth Technologies to Improve Access and Quality of Mental Health Care for Children and Adolescents. Journal of Technology in Behavioral Science, 3(2), 87-106.

Liu, C.H., Chen, S.H., Bohr, Y., Wang, L., & Tronick, E. (2017). Exploring the assumptions of attachment theory across cultures: The practice of transnational separation among Chinese immigrant parents and children. Meaning and methods in the study and assessment of attachment. Contextualizing Attachment: The Cultural Nature of Attachment. In H. Keller and K.A. Bard (Eds). Strüngmann Forum Reports, vol. 22, J. Lupp, series editor (pp. 171-192) Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. 

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. (2016). The role of identity development in moderating stress and promoting dyadic sensitivity in adolescent mothers. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science/Revue canadienne des sciences du comportement, 48(1), 39.

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

Dhayanandhan, B., Bohr, Y. & Connolly, J., (2015). Developmental task attainment and child abuse potential inat-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 Childrenwith 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, popularparenting 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 ChildProtective 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 andsocial 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 teenand an immigrant parent: Illustrations from an Italian context. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health,13(3):518–25.

Shulman, S., Zlotnik, A., Shachar-Shapira, L., Connolly, J., & Bohr, Y. (2012). Adolescent daughters’romantic competence: The role of divorce, quality of parenting, and maternal romantic history. Journal ofYouth and Adolescence, 41(5), 593-606.

Bohr, Y. & Whitfield, N. (2011). Transnational mothering in an era of globalization: Chinese-Canadianimmigrant mothers’ decision-making when separating from their infants. Journal of the Motherhood Initiativefor Research and Community Involvement (Special Issue on Mothering and Migration: (Trans)nationalisms,Globalization and Displacement), 2(2), 162-175.

Al-Sahab, B., Heifetz, M.,Tamim, H., Bohr, Y., Connolly, J. (2012). Prevalence and characteristics of teenmotherhood in Canada. Journal of Maternal and Child Health, 16 (1), 2228-234. DOI10.1007/s10995-011-0750-8

Bohr, Y. (2010). Transnational infancy: a new context for attachment and the need for better models. ChildDevelopment Perspectives, 4(3), 189-196.

Bohr, Y., Halpert, B., Brightling, L., Chan, J., Ellenbogen, B., Lishak, V. (2010). How Effectively do CustomizedEvidence-Based Programs Improve Parent-Infant Interactions? An exploratory evaluation of Community-BasedParenting Training. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 28(1), 55-68.

Holigrocki, R., Crain, R., Bohr, Y., Young, K. & Bensman, H. (2009). Interventional use of the Parent–ChildInteraction Assessment–II enactments: Modifying an abused mother's attributions to her son. Journal ofPersonality Assessment, 91(5), 397-408. 

Bohr, Y. & Tse, C. (2009). Satellite Babies in Transnational Families: a Study of Parents’ Decision to Separatefrom Their Infants. Infant Mental Health Journal, 30 (3), 1– 22.

Bohr, Y., Dhayanandhan, B., Armour, L., Sockett di Marco, N., Holigrocki, R. & Baumgartner, E. (2008).Mapping parent-infant interactions: a brief cognitive approach to the prevention of relationship ruptures andinfant maltreatment (the MAP method). IMPrint, The Bulletin of the Infant Mental Health Promotion Project, 49, 2-7. (invited article).

Bohr, Y. (2005). Infant Mental Health Programs: Experimenting with innovative models. Infant Mental HealthJournal, 26(5), 407-422.

Other Research Outputs

Danto, D., Alex, R.,Alter, R., Bohr, Y., Calvez, S. Fellner, K. John, R. Koostachin, A. Lafontaine, LaForme, S. Maybee, C. Reeves, A. Spence, G. Stewart, S. Stockdale Winder, F. Wabano, R. Willinsky, C. (2018). Psychology’s response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Report. A report of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Psychology Foundation of Canada, prepared by the Task Force on Responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Report.

Bohr, Y., Litwin, L., Flett, G., Rawana, J., G., Healy, G. & Dion, S. (2016). Making SPARX fly in Nunavut: Pilot testing an innovative computer-based intervention for reducing youth depression as a preamble to the development of a culturally specific, community led prevention program. Research report prepared for the Department of Health, Government of Nunavut.

Bohr, Y. & Armour, L. (2014).  Planning Guide: Community Mental Health Promotion. Prepared for the Government of Nunavut.

Bohr, Y., Hynie, M., Shih, C., Whitfield, N., & Zafar, S. (2011). Parent-Infant Separation in Immigrant Families: Risk, Resilience, and Implications for Social Policy. A report to the Centre of Excellence for Research in Immigration and Settlement at the Social Sciences  and Humanities Research Council.

Bohr, Y., Shih, C., Kanter, D., Whitfield, N., Dhayanandhan, B., Chan, J., Bick, K., & Hermanto, N. (2011). The Mapping Attributions of Parents (MAP) method: Evaluation of a brief assessment and intervention for families at risk. Report to the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Ontario.

Bohr, Y., Summers, J. & Williams, J. (2008).  Effectiveness VS efficacy of a community based group treatment program for childhood anxiety. Final outcome evaluation; report to the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO. Retrieve from http://www.onthepoint.ca/GAI/.

Bohr, Y., Halpert, B., Chan, J., Lishak, V. Mullen, N. (2007). Songs, Rhymes and More: a program to enhance parental sensitivity: Final outcome evaluation; report to the Provincial Centre of Excellence for Child and Youth Mental Health at CHEO. Retrieve from http://www.onthepoint.ca/GAI/.


Society for Research in Child Development

Canadian Psychological Association

World Association of Infant Mental Health


Currently available to supervise graduate students: No

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

Available to supervise undergraduate thesis projects: Yes

Current Research

Our research focuses on the well being and optimal development of infants, children, youth and their parents. We study attachment and parenting practices in diverse cultural contexts, including migration, and Indigenous/rural, as well as digital cultures. We are interested in prevention and interventions that optimize mental health in all children and youth. Our investigations address the prevention of relationship ruptures in families, and client-centred treatment of disorders such as anxiety and depression. We value our relationships with community-based mental health services which facilitate ongoing knowledge exchange activities, as they pertain to evidence-based practice in clinical settings. We belong to the Faculty of Health's LaMarsh Centre for Child and Youth Research, and benefit from exceptional research resources.

Research Projects

Canadian IStudents Mental Health:Virtual Support on Campus.
A study that looks at the use of smart phone applications (for example meditation app) to support university students' mental health. (PI: Farah Ahmad)
Role: CoInvestigator
Amount funded: $410,000.00
Year Funded: 2016
Duration: 2
Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for Mental Health Problems in Children with Neurodevelopmental Disorders: A Transdiagnostic Approach.
The purpose of this study is to examine the efficacy of a manualized and individually delivered 10-session, transdiagnostic CBT intervention, aimed at improving emotion regulation and mental health difficulties in children with ASD. (PI: Jonathan Weiss).
Role: CoInvestigator
Amount funded: $800,000.00
Year Funded: 2016
Duration: 4
Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Making I-SPARX Fly in Nunavut
We are excited to announce our new 4-year CIHR-funded Nunavut-based youth mental health project: Making I-SPARX Fly in Nunavut is a collaboration between our lab, 6 Nunavut communities and Nunavut-based agencies, the Nunavut Research Institute, the ᐃᖃᓇᐃᔭᖅᑎᓕᒪᓂᒃ/ᐱᓕᕆᔨᓕᒪᓂᒃ ᐊᐅᓚᑦᑎᔨᖓ Embrace Life Council, the ᖃᐅᔨᒋᐊᕐᑏᑦ Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre and Pinnguaq Association.
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount funded: $1,200,000.00
Year Funded: 2017
Duration: 4
Funded by: Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Curriculum Vitae (C.V. file):

CV of Yvonne M Bohr