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.

Does youth mentoring have a ripple effect on family functioning and well-being? Dr. Gizem Erdem shares new findings

The Chronicle is delighted to highlight an exciting new study led by Dr. Gizem Erdem. PhD, I-LMFT, Associate Professor of Psychology, Koç University in Turkey Megyn Jasman interviewed Dr. Erdem to learn more about the key points of the study, which showed that mentoring programs benefit parents as well as children. Q: The study identifies a […]

Profiles in Mentoring: Professor Janelle S. Peifer discusses her new study on the impact of mentor cultural empathy on the mentoring relationship

The Chronicle is delighted to highlight an exciting new study by Professor Janelle S. Peifer and her colleagues. Dr. Janelle S. Peifer is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Richmond. Her research examines college student development with a focus on questions of identity, intercultural competence, and mental health with a focus on […]

Why my daytime job might put my nighttime job out of business!

by Dr. Alexandra Werntz, Ph.D., Associate Director, Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring When I talk to people about what I do, I say that my daytime job (with the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring and MentorPRO) is focused on putting my nighttime job (therapist in private practice) out of business. As a licensed clinical psychologist and therapist […]

Profiles in Mentoring: Professor Kristian Jones discusses his new study on mentoring Black youth

The Chronicle is delighted to highlight the wonderful new study by Professor Kristian Jones and his colleagues. Professor Jones is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington. His research examines how youth mentoring promotes the positive outcomes for Black youth, prevent detrimental outcomes, and promote social justice. Jones, […]

Implementing program practices contributes to stronger youth mentoring relationships: Insights from Dr. Thomas E. Keller

A recent study led by mentoring researcher Dr. Thomas E. Keller suggests that implementing program practices contributes to stronger youth mentoring relationships. Megyn Jasman talked with Dr. Keller to learn more about these findings and direct implications for youth mentoring programs. Q: The mentor-staff working alliance appears to play a critical role in explaining the […]

Dr. Amy Anderson’s provides insights on cultural humility development in adults serving as mentors for youth

Dr. Amy Anderson’s new study provides insights on cultural humility development for adults serving as mentors for youth. Megyn Jasman recently had the opportunity to ask Dr. Anderson about her findings, recommendations for researchers exploring cultural humility in mentoring relationships, as well as implications for formal youth mentoring programs. Q: In your findings, you mentioned […]

Dr. Anita Caduff sheds light on immigrant students and mentoring

Dr. Anita Caduff is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of California San Diego and former middle school teacher whose research focuses on the understanding of the transformative power of social relationships, particularly for immigrant-origin students. In this interview with Assistant Editor, Saniya Soni, she shares insights into her most recent study, shedding light on […]

Dr. Allison Cloth Introduces Needs-Based Mentoring Approach for Schools

Dr. Allison Cloth is an Assistant Professor of School and Applied Child Psychology at The University of British Columbia. She and her colleagues recently introduced a theoretical framework, the Needs-Based Mentoring (NBM) approach for school-based mentoring programs in order to address the limitations of these current mentoring practices. In this interview, Dr. Cloth discusses those […]

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 […]