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Jean Rhodes, Ph.D.Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring Mission:

Welcome to the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring. The Center is dedicated to creating the open and efficient exchange of research and ideas. In doing so, we seek to advance the production, dissemination, and uptake of evidence-based practice in ways that improve the effectiveness of practice and, ultimately, create stronger, more enduring mentor-mentee relationships.

This mission aligns with the sage comments that of Father Donald J. Monan, Chancellor of Boston College, made last year at UMass Boston Chancellor Keith Motley's breakfast, launching the Center:

I simply wanted to say a word to confirm what the Chancellor was talking about earlier - the importance of the Center. I’ve been involved for about 20 years, going all the way back to the beginning of the National Mentoring Partnership....We heard this morning the importance of someone who is a scholar and has a scientific methodology to reflect on what works and what doesn’t. The richness of the evidence is critical to improve the outcomes for practitioners. So that the further this goes on, the more we need a Center."

May 2015 - Professor Jean Rhodes receives 2015 Chancellor’s Distinguished Scholarship Award.

March 2015 - The Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring's Veteran's History Project-Student Edition receives White House Recognition

October 2014October 2014 - Jean Rhodes and her colleagues receive Department of Justice Award to improve mentoring services for children of incarcerated parents.

May 2014 - Professor Jean Rhodes receives a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research.

February 2014 - The Center hosted a day-long short course on Mentoring in the Digital Age. More information can be found at the course website and in this Youth Today article.

December 2013 - Weathering the Storm: Our genes may help determine how we respond to disaster.

October 2013 - The Center for Evidence Based Mentoring receives a $499,323 grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to explore youth initiated mentoring. Rhodes, along with colleagues Renée Spencer, Ed.D. (Boston University), and David Van Patten (Dare Mighty Things) will conduct in-depth research to explore the individual, dyadic, programmatic, and underlying factors that lead to enduring youth-initiated mentoring (YIM) relationships established through the National Guard Youth ChalleNGe Program (NGYCP).

September 2013 - First Short Course @ UMB to be held at the Center this Sept. 30-Oct. 1. We will focus on the the needs of youth in the foster care system.

September 2013 - The MacArthur Foundation and HIVE describe Connected Learning. As a member of the Connected Learning Research Network, Jean Rhodes is exploring the role of intergenerational relationship in this new paradigm for learning.

July 2013 - Portland OR: former Rhodeslab member, Sarah Schwartz, was a speaker at the PSU Center for Interdisciplinary Mentoring Research Summer Symposium on Mentoring Research.

July 2013 - Former Rhodeslab member, Professor Christian Chan, was the commencement speaker at the UMass Boston graduate commencement.

July 2013 - Recently graduated Rhodes Lab member, Sarah Lowe, was awarded the UMass Boston Distinguished Dissertation Award in the Social Sciences for 2012-2013. Congratulations!

September 2012 - Jean Rhodes, David DuBois, Michael Karcher and other mentoring researchers recognized in "Building the youth mentoring knowledge base: Publishing trends and co-authorship networks" (Sept. 2012) Journal of Community Psychology, Jennifer E. Blakeslee and Thomas E. Keller of Portland State University.

Sarah LoweAugust 4,2012 Orlando, Florida: Sarah Lowe, a recent graduate of the clinical program and researcher in the Rhodes Lab, recently received the APA, Division 27 (Society for Community Research and Action) Dissertation Award. The purpose of the annual dissertation award is to identify the best doctoral dissertation on a topic relevant to the field of community psychology. More

July 23, 2011 - Portland OR: Sarah Schwartz, a researcher in the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring, is a research fellow and speaker at the PSU Center for Interdisciplinary Mentoring Research Summer Symposium on Mentoring Research.

July 22, 2012 - Jean Rhodes delivers Keynote at TeamMate Mentoring Program's annual meeting.

May 7, 2012 - UMass Boston Chancellor Keith Motley hosts breakfast with local leaders for the Center. More
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March 2012 - Professor Rhodes cited in Christian Science Monitor analysis of mentoring programs for children of prisoners.

Open House

March 2012 - The Center for Evidence Based Mentoring moves into its new office suite in Wheatley Hall, at UMass Boston. See photos from the Open House.

October 2011 - The new mentoring meta-analysis, conducted by DuBois, Portilla, Rhodes et al., is highlighted on American Psychological Society journal website.

October 2011 - Research by Professors Jean Grossman and Jean Rhodes was cited on 10/7 in the New York Times.

October 24, 2011 - Jean Rhodes will be the Keynote Speaker at the 12th Annual Minnesota Mentoring Conference. More ...

September 15, 2011 - Professor Rhodes is interviewed by two teens for Y-Press

April 4, 2011 - Professor Rhodes' interview on NPR's Commonwealth Journal

January 25, 2011 -The inaugural National Mentoring Summit, "Achieving Academic and Social Success: Supporting Youth through Mentoring," took place in Washington, D.C.

January 25, 2011 - UMass Boston and MENTOR Form Alliance Supporting Youth Mentoring Research

March 9, 2011 - Rhodes Receives UMass Boston Student Government Distinguished Professor Award.

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