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The Rhodes lab focuses on two distinct, but interrelated, programs of research: (a) informal and formal mentoring in the lives of adolescents and young adults and (b) risk and protective factors in young adult survivors’ responses to natural disaster. The overarching goal, instantiated in both programs, is to understand the role of social connections in the adaptive functioning of individuals and to specify the underlying processes by which these connections contribute to positive outcomes. To address this, Rhodes and her team explore how relational processes unfold across development and social ecologies. Although this work is grounded firmly in clinical, community, and developmental psychology, lab members’ approaches are interdisciplinary at their core, involving ongoing collaborations with sociologists, economists, and psychiatric geneticists from around Boston and beyond.
Professor Rhodes also provides research training to her graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, along with funding for assistantships, summer salary, and travel to professional meetings and statistical workshops. Her students’ rigorous work has been recognized both within and beyond the university including the Chancellor’s Distinguished Dissertation Award and the APA Division 27’s Dissertation of the Year Award. Many of her students now hold tenured or tenure-track positions at top national and international universities.
- Relational experiences in school-based mentoring: The mediating role of rejection sensitivity.
Kanchewa, S. Yoviene, L. A. , Schwartz, Sarah E. O.,Herrera, C. & Rhodes, J.E. (2016). Relational experiences in school-based mentoring: The mediating role of rejection sensitivity. Youth & Society, 1-22. [PDF]
- From treatment to empowerment: New approaches to youth mentoring
Schwartz, S. & Rhodes, J. (in press). From treatment to empowerment: New approaches to youth mentoring. American Journal of Community Psychology.
- The Impact of Youth Risk on Mentoring
Raposa, Elizabeth & Rhodes, Jean. (in press). The Impact of Youth Risk on Mentoring. Relationship Quality: Do Mentor Characteristics Matter? American Journal of Community Psychology
- Celebrating our evolving, interdisciplinary, contextually embedded field. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice
Rhodes, J. (2016). Celebrating our evolving, interdisciplinary, contextually embedded field. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice: Special Issue on Theory and Community Psychology, 7(2), 1-4. [PDF]
- Empowering underrepresented college-bound students to recruit academic and career mentors.
Schwartz, S. E. O., Kanchewa, S. S., Rhodes, J. E., Cutler, E. & Cunningham, J. L. (2016). “I didn’t know you could just ask:” Empowering underrepresented college-bound students to recruit academic and career mentors. Children and Youth Services Review, 64, 51-19. [PDF]