Area of Expertise:

Formal and informal youth mentoring groups/programs;
adolescent transition into adulthood

Dr. Jean Rhodes is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston where she serves as Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring. Rhodes has devoted her career to understanding the role of intergenerational relationships in the lives of disadvantaged youth. Her interests include mentoring relationships, risk and protective factors in adolescent development, emerging adulthood, preventive interventions, and the role of intergenerational relationships in digital media and learning. She is currently involved in a range of research projects that address the role of both formal and informal mentors in vulnerable groups, including children of prisoners, community college students, high school dropouts, adjudicated youth, and low-income children in after-school settings. Dr. Rhodes is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Research and Community Action, and was a Distinguished Fellow of the William T. Grant Foundation. Rhodes is Chair of the Research and Policy Council of the National Mentoring Partnership. She is author of Stand by me: The risks and rewards of mentoring today’s youth (Harvard University Press), and is currently working on a book about moral and ethical decision making in adult-youth relationships (Harvard University Press). http://www.rhodeslab.org/