Jean E. Rhodes
MENTOR: National Mentoring Partnership Professor of Psychology, University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02467
Areas of Expertise & Civic InvolvementsRhodes has focused on two distinct, but interrelated, programs of research, investigating (a) risk and protective factors in young women’s responses to trauma and natural disaster formal and (b) the role of mentors and mentoring programs in the lives of adolescents and young adults. Updates and information about her research projects are available at www.rhodeslab.org. With colleagues Mary Waters and Elizabeth Fussell, she runs The Risk Project (www.riskproject.org), a longitudinal study of low-income parents who lived in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina.
"Pathways of Influence in School-Based Mentoring: The Mediating Role of Parent and Teacher Relationships" (with Christian S. Chan, Waylon J. Howard, Sarah Schwartz, Sarah Ryan Lowe, and Carla Herrera). Journal of School Psychology (forthcoming).
Demonstrates that mentoring programs lead to improvements in teacher-student relationships which, in turn, positively influence academic and psychosocial outcomes.
"Trajectories of Psychological Distress among Low-Income, Female Survivors of Hurricane Katrina" (with Sarah Ryan Lowe). Journal of Orthopsychiatry (forthcoming).
Examines the life courses of survivors over the 5 years following Hurricane Katrina, noting that although most survivors have been resilient, other patterns have emerged including post-traumatic growth, delayed distress, and continued distress.
"How Effective are Mentoring Programs for Youth? A Systematic Assessment of the Evidence" (with David L. DuBois, Nelson Portillo, Naida Silverthorn, and Jeffrey C. Valentine). Psychological Science in the Public Interest 12, no. 2 (2011): 57-91.
Looks at mentoring programs and their effectiveness as interventions for youth; uses meta-analytic data to uncover optimum conditions for youth to benefit from said programs.
"Pre-Hurricane Perceived Social Support Protects against Psychological Distress: A Longitudinal Analysis of Low-Income Mothers" (with Sarah Ryan Lowe and Christian S. Chan). Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology 78, no. 4 (2010): 551-560.
Examines the influence of pre-disaster social support on post-disaster psychological distress among survivors of Hurricane Katrina, and finds that those with more robust support networks were less exposed to the disaster itself and to post-disaster psychological trauma.
Stand by Me: Risks and Rewards in Youth Mentoring (Harvard University Press, 2002).
Outlines a productive and effective model for youth mentoring and provides careful critiques of mentor-youth relationships.
Media ContributionsRhodes has given many interviews about her work with mentoring programs to media outlets such as NPR, FOX News, the Boston Globe, and The Christian Science Monitor, among others.
Jean E. Rhodes quoted on the benefits of mentoring children through after-school programs in Tim Shea, "Youth Development Conference Highlights After-School Programs" Charlottesville Tomorrow, October 19, 2014.