About Our Research
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.
Our lab’s overarching research mission is to impact youth development, and the training mission is to foster the careers of future leaders. Our lab members are ambitious, smart, supportive, skeptical, collegial, self-critical, inclusive, analytical, friendly, creative, interactive, hardworking, reliable, and positive. As PI, I am invested in the success of every lab member, and am available both regularly and promptly as needed.
- Natural Mentoring Relationships among Survivors of Caregiver Childhood Abuse: Findings from the Add Health Study.
Weber, E., Hagler M., Schwartz, S., Paras, M. & Rhodes (in press). Natural Mentoring Relationships among Survivors of Caregiver Childhood Abuse: Findings from the Add Health Study. Annals of the New York Academy of Science.Continue reading →
- Twelve years later: The long-term mental health consequences of Hurricane Katrina
Raker, E. J., Lowe, S. R., Arcaya, M. C., Johnson, S. T., Rhodes, J., & Waters, M. C. (In press) Twelve years later: The long-term mental health consequences of Hurricane Katrina. Social Science & Medicine.Continue reading →
- Mentoring Interventions for Children of Incarcerated Parents
Hagler M.A., Zwiebach L., Rhodes J.E., Rappaport C.D. (2019) Mentoring Interventions for Children of Incarcerated Parents. In: Eddy J., Poehlmann-Tynan J. (eds) Handbook on Children with Incarcerated Parents. Springer, ChamContinue reading →
- Ideological profiles of U.S. adults and their support for youth mentoring
Hagler, M., McQuillin, S., & Rhodes (2019). Ideological profiles of U.S. adults and their support for youth Mentoring. Journal of Community Psychology. doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22247 [PDF]Continue reading →
- Mentoring in context: A comparative study of youth mentoring programs in the United States and continental Europe
Preston, J., Prieto-Flores, O., & Rhodes, J. (in press). Mentoring in context: A comparative study of youth mentoring programs in the United States and continental Europe. Youth & Society.Continue reading →