Profiles in Mentoring

Here you’ll find our conversations with researchers, practitioners, and policy makers in the field of mentoring. They share the wealth of knowledge that they possess with us and we share it with you. Click on any interview to hear a new perspective on mentoring.

Cultivating Mentor Well-Being – A Conversation with Dr. Amy Anderson

Dr. Amy Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Department of Educational Psychology at the University of North Texas. Dr. Anderson and her colleagues recently published a study identifying predictors of psychological well-being among mentors in Big Brothers Big Sisters. Assistant Editor Saniya Soni spoke with Dr. Anderson about the study […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A Conversation with Rising Star Dr. Grace Gowdy

Dr. Grace Gowdy is an Assistant Professor of Social Work in North Carolina A&T’s Social Work and Sociology department and currently works on multiple studies examining traditional and nontraditional mentoring relationships. Our Assistant Editor, Saniya Soni, spoke with Dr. Gowdy about her recent study on understanding of the distinctions between core and capital relationships. Saniya: […]

At the Heart of Mentorship, a Q&A with Dr. Hilary Dutton

Dr. Hilary Dutton is a Pākehā/Māori (Ngāti Tūwharetoa) youth development researcher at the University of Canterbury. Her research focuses on the relational processes that contribute to developing high quality mentoring relationships, particularly self-disclosure. In 2021 she was awarded a Rutherford Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship to undertake a two-year project exploring youth perspectives on disclosure in youth-adult […]

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Racial Discourse in Youth Mentoring Programs: A Conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Raposa and Savannah Simpson

Dr. Raposa is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Fordham University, whose research involves two related sets of questions designed to promote positive psychosocial and academic outcomes in stress-exposed youth. In one line of work, she examines the mechanisms that explain the negative impact of stressful life events on adolescents and young adults, and the […]

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Enabling mentors to support mentee cognitive emotion regulation: Q+A with Dr. Atefeh Kiadarbandsari

The Power of Identity: An Interview with Doctoral Candidate Yesenia Garcia-Murillo

Doctoral Candidate and researcher in community psychology, Yesenia Garcia-Murillo, recently published a study on natural mentoring among college students of color and considerations for their ethnic-racial identity and psychological well-being. Our Assistant Director, Megyn Jasman, sat down with Yesenia to discuss the findings and recommendations for supporting students of color. Megyn: It’s fascinating to see […]

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A Nobel Prize Winner’s Life of Mentoring

Photo courtesy of The University of Texas at Austin Editor’s note: It is my honor to share Dr. Mary Rowe’s new essay about Nobel Laureate, John Goodenough. Dr. Rowe is an Adjunct Professor of Negotiation and Conflict Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. She served for almost 42 years as an organizational ombuds […]

Supporting mentors in cross-racial matches with Black youth: Insights from Dr. Kristian Jones

A new study has been published highlighting the experiences of mentors in cross-racial matches with Black youth. Megyn Jasman interviewed leading author Dr. Kristian Jones, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington, on findings and recommendations for mentoring programs supporting cross-racial matches. Q: Program components and support are crucial […]

Q&A with Nancy Deutsch: Social Media’s Impact on Teens Can Be Both Good and Bad

By Audrey Breen, Reprinted from UVA Today U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek H. Murthy recently released an advisory warning of the “profound risk of harm” social media use can have on adolescents, in hopes of calling attention to “significant public health challenges” that he feels need urgent attention and action. The report focuses on the […]

Questions for Dr. Rebecca L. Stelter: A randomized controlled trial of enhanced mentoring program practices for children of incarcerated caregivers

Interviewed By Saniya Soni 1. Several meta-analyses have found that targeted mentoring programs have better outcomes. Your recent paper looked at a targeted mentoring approach for COIP and found that it was indeed more effective for COIP. Why do you think programs are hesitant to become more targeted when the research clearly points to better […]