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.

Profiles in Mentoring: Carla Herrera on improving mentoring programs

Interviewed by Cyanea Poon Dr. Carla Herrera is an independent consultant who was most recently a senior research fellow at Public/Private Ventures. Dr. Herrera has published numerous reports and articles on school-based, community-based and group mentoring over the past 20 years. We are honored to speak with her about her journey, and hear from her […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Veronica Fruiht

Written by Kirsten Christensen Veronica Fruiht is an Assistant professor and researcher at Dominican University of California. Her research interests center around the construct of hope and mentoring relationships among young people. Specifically, Dr. Fruiht is interested in understanding and uncovering how hope and positive, supportive relationships influence adolescent and young adults’ academic goals and […]

Rising Star: Meet Dr. Lindsey Weiler

The Weiler Research Lab is directed by Lindsey M. Weiler, PhD, Associate Professor in the Department of Family Social Science at the University of Minnesota. The lab develop, test, and optimize preventive interventions for youth and families. The goal of this research is to identify effective strategies for fostering healthy development among marginalized and vulnerable populations.  […]

Profiles in Mentoring: A conversation with Maurice Crul on mentoring and immigrant youth

Editor’s Note: I had the pleasure of meeting Professor Maurice Crul at the European Centre for Evidence-Based Mentoring last year. He is a rock star in the field of immigration and has been leading efforts to explore how mentoring affects immigrant youth. Dr. Crul has published extensively on the educational careers of children of immigrants both nationally […]

Meet Professor Heidi Levitt, expert on therapeutic relationships

  Clinical psychologist Heidi Levitt discusses what’s helpful in relationships JR:  What would say are 2 or 3 core features that need to be present in all helping relationships HL: Empathy, Congruence/Genuineness, Mutual understanding of (and agreement with) what is ‘helping’ in that relationship JR: You observed that the therapist acted as a surrogate for others’ […]

Rachael Ellison on racism and cognitive functioning, challenging political conversations, and how mentoring programs affect mentors

The Chronicle spoke to Dr. Rachael Ellison about her training as a community and clinical psychologist, her diverse projects ranging from neuropsychology to measuring outcomes of mentoring programs on mentors, and how a faculty mentor acquired during her undergraduate studies helped get her to where she is today. Can you tell us a little about […]

Robin Cox’s New Book, “Mentoring Minutes: Weekly Messages to Encourage Anyone Guiding Youth”

Robin Cox recently published a new book, “Mentoring Minutes: Weekly Messages to Encourage Anyone Guiding Youth.” The Chronicle spoke with Robin to hear more about his career and life experiences related to mentoring and what his new book contributes to the field. How did you get involved in the field of youth mentoring? I had […]

Professor Sonia Livingstone on parenting for a digital future

Professor Sonia Livingstone of the London School of Economics and Political Science spoke with The Chronicle about her new book with Alicia Blum-Ross, Parenting for a Digital Future: How Hopes and Fears about Technology Shape Children’s Lives. Tell us about your new book. There are so many anxieties about digital parenting! These have been building […]

Profiles in Mentoring: Dr. Gary Harper’s research, advocacy, and policy work with LGBTQ+ youth in the U.S. and Africa

Gary W. Harper, PhD, MPH is a Professor in the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, as well as a Professor of Global Public Health, at the University of Michigan. Dr. Harper’s research and community work focuses on the mental health and sexual health needs of adolescents and young adults who experience varying degrees […]

Profiles in Mentoring: Joanna Lee Williams

This interview is from UVA today (2015). You can find the original source  here. The media paints an almost uniformly bleak and dehumanizing picture of the problems minority children face, depending on the culture they grow up in. But many youth of color are actively transforming their communities while maintaining important connections to their cultural […]