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Prevention, neurobiology, and children’s mental health

By Jean Rhodes In a recent New York Times article, Benjamin Fong wrote about psychology’s embrace of cognitive neuroscience, and the debates that surround the merits of the new large, federal investment in the Brain Initiative. After running through the arguments on both sides, he made an important point that is often overlooked but which […]

On Manny, A-Rod, and mentors

A few years ago, I immersed myself in a most unexpected project—an authorized biography of baseball slugger Manny Ramirez. Unlike most sports writers, I had only a passing interest in the game. What drew me to Manny’s story was mentoring.  The book was launched on the heels of his MVP World Series performance, and just before […]

New research (and a story) about teachers

Sometimes a simple anecdote can illustrate a point far better than mounds of research.  It was written by Jerome Groopman, M.D., Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Chief of Experimental Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, one of the world’s leading researchers in cancer and AIDS, and a public intellectual. In this excerpt, […]

Why we study: Confessions of a mentoring researcher

Most mentoring researchers hold advanced degrees in psychology or social work and could easily be raking in higher salaries as full-time clinicians or consultants. Yet all of us have set our sights on mentoring research. Indeed, even as I studied clinical psychology, and learned to speak the language of psychiatry during intensive years of hospital-based […]

A difficult week in Boston

Since last Monday, my city–and presumably the nation–has witnessed a steady stream of disturbing images and stories from the Boston Marathon bombings and the chaotic, violent aftermath. How should parents, mentors, and other caring adults talk about the human tragedy behind these images with children and teens? Although there are no easy answers, the bombings […]

This just in: Some good news for the field of youth mentoring

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but 2013 has already been a groundbreaking year for the field of youth mentoring. With little fan fare, two large-scale, rigorous evaluations of youth mentoring programs have been released, both of which offer considerable promise to the field.  First, about of week before the “National Mentoring Summit, the Centre for […]

Mentoring and the “looking glass self”

In describing the influence of his mentor, one young man recently wrote: When I first met [basketball coach] Steve, I was the product of the housing projects, a product of a single-parent home looking for guidance and attention. I was in and out of trouble. One day Steve took me aside and said, “Do you […]

The legacy of early relationships: How attachment styles shape mentoring - The Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

The legacy of early relationships: How attachment styles shape mentoring

by Jean Rhodes Last week, we sat down with Smith College Adjunct Assoc. Professor Karen Zilberstein to explore how mentoring relationships work. In this highly recommended new podcast interview, Karen discusses why an understanding of “attachment theory (which has deep roots in the fields of biology, psychiatry, and psychology) is so relevant to mentoring. Attachment theory shows how positive relationships work to […]

Jean Rhodes - Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring

A Note From The Editor, October 30, 2012

I am delighted to appoint eight new members to the editorial board of the Chronicle for Evidence-Based Mentoring. With their vast knowledge and experience, the members of this board are well positioned to bring us important perspectives and to stimulate vigorous debates in ways that improve the practice of youth mentoring. The new editors include: W. […]