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

This award is based on the scholarly work that Professor Rhodes has presented to the public during the period of her association with UMass Boston. The Award recognizes the candidate’s work, as evidenced by peer recognition of its import and impact. Comparing scholarship and creative activity in the social science is a complex task. For this reason, the assessment of peers both internal and external to the campus carried particular weight in the award process, as was acknowledgments from her discipline, e.g., grant funding, impact. In addition to being an excellent scholar, Rhodes has demonstrated an ability to engage with others in her work, including undergraduate and graduate students.


White House recognition

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

The Veteran's History Project-Student Edition, which was developed at the Center in collaboration with Iraq vet, Travis Bickford and the Library of Congress' Veteran's History Project, received a special recognition this month. Along with Free Spirit Media, students participating in the VHP-SE created and submitted a short film that received Honorable Mention in the White House Student Film Festival. The video will be featured on, in a playlist, and may be highlighted through White House social media channels.

Learn more about the Veteran's History Project-Student Edition

Watch the student-directed video


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

University of Massachusetts Boston psychology professor Jean Rhodes, a nationally recognized expert on youth mentoring, has received a $2.5 million grant from the United States Department of Justice Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to develop and evaluate efforts designed to bolster the effectiveness of mentors working with children of incarcerated parents.

Rhodes, the Director of the MENTOR/UMass Boston’s Center for Evidence-based Mentoring, will lead a team of practitioners and researchers in youth mentoring as they develop and evaluate a demonstration program to increase the effectiveness of these mentors.

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

Robert Wood Johnson FoundationBoston MA-A highly competitive, national funding program dedicated to tackling pressing health policy issues has awarded a grant to Professor Jean Rhodes, Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology and her collaborator, Mary Waters, M.E. Zukerman Professor of Sociology.

Professors Rhodes and Waters amongst oeleven scholars affiliated with major universities across the country who will receive a grant through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research program. The program challenges investigators to tackle major policy issues facing America, as well as wide-ranging concerns about the nation’s health and health care system.

“This prestigious program boasts a long-standing history of supporting important cross-disciplinary research that inspires health policy improvements in communities across the country,” said Alan B. Cohen, director of the RWJF Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research program based at the Boston University School of Management. “We are eager to support these new investments in cutting-edge research, especially at a time when the health care landscape is rapidly changing and the way Americans care for their health is changing with it.”

RWJF created the program in 1992 to support highly qualified researchers whose innovative ideas could help improve health care policy. The program is dedicated to enhancing the public’s understanding of the significant challenges and policy issues related to the health of all Americans. It provides one of the few funding opportunities in the United States for investigator-initiated projects to generate scientific evidence and identify a range of possible solutions to America’s greatest challenges in health policy.

In their project, Rhodes and Waters will synthesize the results of a historic four-wave longitudinal study of Hurricane Katrina survivors, the Resilience in Survivors of Katrina (RISK) project with the goal of identifying public policies that can promote resilience and recovery and minimize mortality and morbidity .This work will result in a book manuscript and related articles which will illuminate patterns of loss and recovery from natural disasters and situate these patterns into the broader literature on resilience, health care disparities, and public policy.

For more information about the RWJF Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research program, visit:

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 Lowe

August 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.


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.

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Among those in attendance, were representatives from several charitable foundations, including Bank of America, Barr Foundation, BNY Mellon, Citizen's Financial Group, Eastern Bank, Highland Street, Hyams, Lynch, Trefler, and others. Also among the guests, was Boston College Chancellor Father Monan, who concluded:

"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. Back then, the people involved were not scientific professionals. They were a couple of Wall Street guys who were parents. They knew something about kids, but they did not have an intellectual, disciplined, reflective capacity to think about the process of mentoring. The point is, today much of the mentoring is still not scientifically based. And yet, that is exactly what we need. We need people full-time at the Center – a combination of people working together to bring the capacity of critical reflection on the whole process of mentoring. Otherwise, we are going to have a few people doing a bit here and a bit there. 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."

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.

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

Jean Rhodes will be the Keynote Speaker at the 12th Annual Minnesota Mentoring Conference
12th Annual Minnesota Mentoring Conference “Best in Class”
Date: October 24, 2011
Location: University of Minnesota Continuing Education & Conference Center in Saint Paul, MN
Cost: $110 Early Bird / $65 Student and AmeriCorps / $130 Standard Registration after Early Bird Deadline.
Learn more about the conference.

Professor Rhodes is interviewed by two teens for Y-Press More...

First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at National Mentoring Summit

1/25/2011 -The inaugural National Mentoring Summit, "Achieving Academic and Social Success: Supporting Youth through Mentoring," brought together leading mentoring organizations, as well as federal and state government and civic leaders, to develop strategies that leverage mentoring to increase graduation rates among America’s youth and position them for success. More...

UMass Boston and MENTOR Form Alliance Supporting Youth Mentoring Research

1/25/2011 - Chancellor J. Keith Motley today announced that the University of Massachusetts Boston will partner with MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership, to form the UMass Boston/MENTOR Research Alliance, a first-of-its-kind institute for evidence-based mentoring that will support the advancement of youth mentoring efforts. More...

Rhodes Receives UMass Boston Student Government Distinguished Professor Award

3/9/2011 - Travis Henderson, Vice President of UMass Boston Student Government, announced today that Jean Rhodes has been selected to receive the UMass Boston Student Government Distinguished Professor Award. Henderson noted that Rhodes’ “contributions to the UMass Boston/Mentor Research Alliance have provided UMass Boston students with an excellent role model whose continued service exemplifies all that a UMB student can be capable of.”

Rhodes will be presented with the award at the 2nd Annual Distinguished Alumni Dinner on April 12 by the Student Government on behalf of the student body.