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.
- Paraprofessional Youth Mentoring: A Framework for Integrating Youth Mentoring with Helping Institutions and Professions
McQuillin, S., Hagler, M., Werntz, A., & Rhodes, J. (In press). Paraprofessional Youth Mentoring: A Framework for Integrating Youth Mentoring with Helping Institutions and Professions. American Journal of Community Psychology.
- A longitudinal investigation of first-generation college students’ mentoring relationships during their transition to higher education
Hagler, M., Christensen, K., & Rhodes, J. (In press). A longitudinal investigation of first-generation college students’ mentoring relationships during their transition to higher education. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice.
- Youth initiated mentoring-A scalable approach to addressing mental health problems during the Covid-19 crisis
Van Dam, L., Rhodes, J., & Spencer, R. (in press). Youth initiated mentoring-A scalable approach to addressing mental health problems during the Covid-19 crisis. Journal of the American Medical Association-Psychiatry.
- Changes in Psychosocial Resources as Predictors of Posttraumatic Growth
Manove, E., Lowe, S., Poon, C., & Rhodes, J. (In press). Changes in Psychosocial Resources as Predictors of Posttraumatic Growth: A Longitudinal Study of Low-Income, Female Hurricane Katrina Survivors. Traumatology.
- Predictors of close faculty−student relationships and mentorship in higher education: findings from the Gallup−Purdue Index
Raposa, E. B., Hagler, M., Liu, D. & Rhodes J. E. (2021). Predictors of close faculty−student relationships and mentorship in higher education: findings from the Gallup−Purdue Index. Annals of the New York Academy of Science. [PDF]