Date: Tuesday, June 6, 2023, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Central Time
2022-2023 Digital Mental Health Lecture Series
The Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies (CBITs)
Northwestern University, in collaboration with the Society for Digital Mental Health
Jean Rhodes, Ph.D. and Alexandra Werntz, Ph.D.
University of Massachusetts, Boston, Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring
“Scaling mental health services through technology-enhanced mentoring.”
About our guest speakers:
Professor Rhodes is the Frank L. Boyden Professor of clinical psychology and Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB). She has devoted her career to understanding and advancing the role of mentoring relationships in the social-emotional, educational, and career development of students. Rhodes has published three books, four edited volumes, and over 250 chapters and peer-reviewed articles on topics related to positive youth development, the transition to adulthood, and mentoring. Her recent research has focused on understanding how peer mentors and other paraprofessionals can bridge gaps in mental health care through a technology-delivered supportive accountability platform.
Alexandra Werntz received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Virginia. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Massachusetts Boston and the University of Virginia and was funded in-part by AIM Youth Mental Health. Her recent research has focused on understanding how mentors can provide supportive accountability to mentees engaging in digital mental health interventions. Dr. Werntz is also a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Virginia, specializing in anxiety, depression, end-of-life issues, and trauma. She feels passionately that evidence-based mental health skills do not need to be taught by trained mental health providers, but instead can be taught by and practiced with trained paraprofessionals. With the CEBM team, she is excited to advance the science of training mentors to support their mentees in reaching their full mental health and wellbeing potential.