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.
- Mitigating health disparities after natural disaster: Lessons from the RISK ProjectRaker, E.J., Arcaya, M.C., Lowe, S.R., Zacher, M., Rhodes, J., Water, M. . (2020). Mitigating health disparities after natural disaster: Lessons from the RISK Project. Health Affairs, 39 (12).
- Youth initiated mentoring: A meta-analytic study of a hybrid approach to youth mentoringVan Dam, L., Blom, D., Esma, K., Assink, M., Stams, G-J., Schwartz, S., & Rhodes, J. (2020). Youth initiated mentoring: A meta-analytic study of a hybrid approach to youth mentoring. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
- Predisaster predictors of posttraumatic stress symptom trajectories: An analysis of low-income women in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Lowe, S., Raker, E. J., Waters, M. C., & Rhodes, J. E. (2020). Predisaster predictors of posttraumatic stress symptom trajectories: An analysis of low-income women in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. PLOS ONE [PDF]
- Risk and Resilience among Children with Incarcerated Parents: Examining Heterogeneity in Delinquency and School Outcomes.
Kremer, K. P., Poon, C. Y. S., Jones, C. L., Hagler, M. A., Kupersmidt, J. B., Stelter, R. L., Stump, K. N., & Rhodes, J. E. (in press). Risk and Resilience among Children with Incarcerated Parents: Examining Heterogeneity in Delinquency and School Outcomes. Journal of Child and Family Studies. doi:10.1007/s10826-020-01822-1 [PDF]
- A Life-Course Model of Trauma Exposure and Mental Health Among Low-Income Survivors of Hurricane Katrina.
Lowe, S.R., Raker, E.J., Arcaya, M.C., Zacher, M.L., Waters, M.C., and Rhodes, J.E. (2020). A Life-Course Model of Trauma Exposure and Mental Health Among Low-Income Survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Journal of Traumatic Stress, xxxx 2020, 00, 1–12. [PDF]