Jean E. Rhodes, PhD
Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125
(617) 287-6368


Jean Rhodes is the Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has devoted her career to understanding and advancing the role of intergenerational relationships in the intellectual, social, educational, and career development of youth. She has published three books, four edited volumes, and over 150 chapters and peer-reviewed articles on topics related to positive youth development, the transition to adulthood, natural disaster, and mentoring. Dr. Rhodes is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and the Society for Research and Community Action, was a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow, and a Distinguished Fellow of the William T. Grant Foundation. She has been awarded many campus-wide teaching awards for her advances in pedagogy and scholarship, including the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Scholar Award, the Distinguished Academic Leadership and Outstanding Service to the Students of UMass Boston Award, and the Chancellor’s Distinguished Scholar Award at UMB.