The Rhodes lab engages in advancing a range of research on designed to advance a more theoretically informed and practically applicable understanding of adolescents and young adults’ relationships with mentors in programs like Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and beyond. Within this context, they have sought to uncover the basic processes involved in mentoring relationships, and to understand how certain youth are seemingly so profoundly affected by the relationships, while others appear to benefit little or even are harmed. They are currently conducting a major meta-analysis of the field and developing strategies for improving and evaluating mentoring for children of incarcerated parents. They are also exploring factors that predict early match closure, how activities affect match satisfaction and outcome, and the role of gender, sexual identity, race, and other factors in shaping mentoring ties.

Selected Publications

Poon, C. Y. S., Herrera, C., Jarjoura, R., Keller, T., McQuillin, S. D., Keller, T., & Rhodes, J. E. (2022). Deconstructing “risk” in youth mentoring programs: How environmental stressors and patterns of presenting challenges shape youth outcomes. [PDF]

    Rachel O. Rubin, Sara K. Johnson, Kirsten M. Christensen & Jean Rhodes (2022): Development and initial validation of a camper-counselor relationship scale, Applied Developmental Science, DOI: 10.1080/10888691.2022.2056462. [PDF]

    Adar Ben-Eliyahu, Laura A. Yoviene Sykes & Jean E. Rhodes (2021) Someone who ‘gets’ me: adolescents’ perceptions of positive regard from natural mentors, Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 29:3, 305-327, DOI: 10.1080/13611267.2021.1927438. [PDF]

    Burton, S., Raposa, E.B., Poon, C.Y., Stams, G, Rhodes, J. (2021). Cross-age peer mentoring for youth. A meta-analysis. American Journal of Community Psychology, 1-17.[PDF]

    Kremer, K. P., Christensen, K. M., Stump, K. N., Stelter, R. L., Kupersmidt, J. B., & Rhodes, J. E. (2021). The role of visitation and parent-child relationship quality in promoting positive outcomes for children of incarcerated parents. Child & Family Social Work. [PDF]

    Poon, C. Y. S., Christensen, K. M., & Rhodes, J. E. (2021). A meta-analysis of the effects of mentoring on youth in foster care. Journal of Youth and Adolescence. [PDF]

    McQuillin, S. D., Hagler, M. A., Werntz, A., & Rhodes, J. E. (2021). Paraprofessional Youth Mentoring: A Framework for Integrating Youth Mentoring with Helping Institutions and Professions. American Journal of Community Psychology. [PDF]

    Hagler, M. A., Christensen, K. M., & Rhodes, J. E. (2021). A Longitudinal Investigation of First-Generation College Students’ Mentoring Relationships During Their Transition to Higher Education. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice. doi:10.1177/15210251211022741[PDF]

    van Dam, L., Rhodes, J., & Spencer, R. (2021). Youth-Initiated Mentoring as a Scalable Approach to Addressing Mental Health Problems During the COVID-19 Crisis. JAMA Psychiatry. [PDF]

    Manove, E. E., Poon, C. Y. S., Rhodes, J. E., & Lowe, S. R. (2021). Changes in psychosocial resources as predictors of posttraumatic growth: A longitudinal study of low-income, female Hurricane Katrina survivors. Traumatology. [PDF]

    Raposa, E., Eli-Yahu, A., Olsho, L., & Rhodes, J., (2018). “Birds of a Feather: Is Matching Based on Shared Interests and Characteristics Associated with Longer Youth Mentoring Relationships?” Journal of Community Psychology, 1-18, DOI: 10.1002/jcop.22127 [PDF]

    Stump, K. N., Kupersmidt, J. B., Stelter, R. L., & Rhodes, J. E. (2018). Mentoring program enhancements supporting effective mentoring of children of incarcerated parents. American Journal of Community Psychology, 62:163–174. [PDF]

    Rhodes, J., Schwartz, S., Willis, M. M. & Wu, M. V. (2017) Validating a Mentoring Relationship Quality Scale: Does Match Strength Predict Match Length? Youth & Society, 49(4) 415-437.[PDF]

    Kupersmidt, J., Stump, K., Stelter, R., & Rhodes, J. (2017). Predictors of premature match closure in youth mentoring relationships. American Journal of Community Psychology, 59, 25-35. [PDF]

    Raposa, E.B., Dietz, N., & Rhodes, J.E. (2017). Trends in Volunteer Mentoring in the United States: Analysis of a Decade of Census Survey Data. American Journal of Community Psychology, 1, 1-12. [PDF]

    Kupersmidt, J., Stump, K., Stelter, R. & Rhodes, J. (2017). Mentoring program practices as predictors of match longevity. Journal of Community Psychology, 1, 1-16. [PDF]

    Kanchewa, S. Yoviene, L. A. , Schwartz, Sarah E. O.,Herrera, C. & Rhodes, J.E. (2016). Relational experiences in school-based mentoring: The mediating role of rejection sensitivity. Youth & Society, 1-22. [PDF]

    Raposa, Elizabeth & Rhodes, Jean. (2016). The Impact of Youth Risk on Mentoring. Relationship Quality: Do Mentor Characteristics Matter? American Journal of Community Psychology, Vol 57(3-4), Jun, 2016 pp. 320-329. [PDF]

    Schwartz, S. & Rhodes, J. (2016). From treatment to empowerment: New approaches  to youth mentoring. American Journal of Community Psychology, Vol 58(1-2), Sep, 2016 pp. 150-157. [PDF]

    Kanchewa, S., Rhodes, J. E., Schwartz, S. E. O., & Olsho, L. (2014). The Influence of same versus cross-gender matching in formal youth mentoring programs. Applied Developmental Science, 18, 31-45. [PDF]

    Chan, C.S., Rhodes, J.E., Howard, W.J., Lowe, S. R., Schwartz, S. E. O., & Herrera, C.(2013).  Pathways of influence in school-based mentoring: The mediating role of parent and teacher relationships. Journal of School Psychology, 51(1), 129-142. [PDF]

    Schwartz, S. E. O., Rhodes, J. E., Spencer, R., & Grossman, J. B. (2013). Youth Initiated Mentoring: Investigating a new approach to working with vulnerable adolescents. American Journal of Community Psychology, 52(1-2), 155-169. DOI: 10.1007/s10464 013-9585-3.[PDF]

    Rhodes, J., Liang, B., & Spencer, R. (2013). First do no harm: Ethics in youth mentoring. In D.L. DuBois & M. Karcher (Eds.). The Handbook of Youth Mentoring, Second Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

    DuBois, D. L., Portillo, N., Rhodes, J. E., Silverthorn, N., Valentine, J. C. (2011). How effective are mentoring programs for youth? A systematic assessment of the evidence. Psychological Science in the Public Interest, 12(2), 57-91.[PDF]

    Schwartz, S. E. O., Rhodes, J. E., Chan, C. S., & Herrera, C. (2011). The impact of school-based mentoring on youths with different relational profiles. Developmental Psychology,47(2), 450-462.[PDF]