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-emotional, educational, and career development of marginalized 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, and mentoring. Dr. Rhodes is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and the Society for Research and Community Action, as well as a former Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow and 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 the Distinguished Academic Leadership and Outstanding Service to the Students of UMass Boston Award, the Vice Chancellor’s Teaching Scholar Award, and the Chancellor’s Distinguished Scholar Award. Rhodes completed her Ph.D. in clinical/community psychology at DePaul University and her clinical internship at the University of Chicago Medical School. Her forthcoming book, Older and Wiser: New ideas for youth mentoring in the 21st Century (Harvard University Press) will be out in July.