Editors Blog

All you need is “deep level” similarity: Predictors of quality mentoring matches

By Jean Rhodes Conventional wisdom has long emphasized the importance of matching mentors and mentees based on surface-level characteristics like gender, race, and ethnicity. The assumption has been that sharing these demographic similarities would lead to more comfort, understanding, and ultimately, higher quality mentoring. Yet a growing body of research is challenging this view and […]

Let’s put effective mental health strategies into every mentor’s tool box

Whether we plan for it or not, mental health conversations will inevitably arise within mentoring relationships. Liz Raposa, Ph.D. by Jean Rhodes When mental health struggles arise, many mentors are caught off guard and forced to rely on intuitive approaches that may or may not be grounded in evidence. Supervision is crucial, but mentors who […]

Aha!: How Mentoring Can Spark New Ideas and Connections

  by Jean Rhodes In the early 1990’s, as an assistant professor, I told an undergraduate that I thought she was so impressive she should consider going into academia. I have no recollection of that random comment, but 15 years later she emailed me to tell me that the moment had somehow helped to crystalize […]

Let’s talk about religion, politics…and mentoring

by Jean Rhodes We are living through one of the most bitterly partisan periods in history. We can all sense it, and a series of studies conducted Pew Research Center over the past few years document widening divides between Democrats and Republicans on the economy, racial justice, climate change, immigration, law enforcement, foreign aid, and […]

The new science of single session interventions: Implications for mentoring

In a groundbreaking new paper, Schleider proposes leveraging the existing network of mentors to deliver evidence-based Single Session Interventions (SSIs).

A strong signal in a noisy world: Implications of a remarkably consistent finding in mentoring research

Jean Rhodes Study after study has shown that mentees experience more benefits when they are paired with mentors who had experience in helping roles (e.g., teachers, counselors, or social workers) as opposed to mentors with no such experience. In a large study, researchers a mentor’s helping background was a significant moderator of program effects, improving […]

Springtime in Paris: Reflections on the forthcoming European Mentoring Summit

By Jean Rhodes The U.S. continues to account for most formal mentoring, but many new programs, networks, and summits have emerged across the globe in recent years. This includes the European Mentoring Summit at the Sorbonne University in Paris later this month. The event is hosted by the Collectif Mentorat, a federation of over 70 […]

Flash mentoring: An innovative new approach to building social capital

By Jean Rhodes Researchers have theorized about different types of social networks, and the need for a balance between so-called “bonding” and “bridging” social capital. Bonding capital involve relationships with close family and friends who are relatively similar in terms of race and social class, while bridging ties involve a broader network of relationships with […]

The “Take Two Aspirins” Problem in Mentoring

By Jean Rhodes Imagine a medical practice in which every new patient who stepped through its doors was offered the same age-old prescription to “take two aspirins and call me in the morning.” This universal approach might actually work for patients who are suffering from minor aches or low-grade fevers, and the clinic could point […]

How Mentoring Can Shift from “Beating the Odds” to Changing the Odds

By Jean Rhodes In an important new Annual Review of Clinical Psychology article, UVA Professor Noelle Hurd, describes how mentors can help ethnically marginalized youth can derive positive developmental outcomes while also working with their mentees to create a more just and equitable society. As Hurd notes, much of the theorizing and research on natural […]