National Mentoring Resource Center Research Board

The National Mentoring Resource Center Research Board, chaired by Dr. David DuBois at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is comprised of prominent researchers who have expertise in areas that are representative of the diversity in youth mentoring practice with regard to program models, settings for implementation, and specific populations and outcomes of interest. In the future, a process will be in place to nominate additional members.

The Research Board’s primary role is to assess and report on the evidence that bears on the effectiveness of different mentoring programs, practices, and resources that are intended to promote positive youth outcomes, particularly those relating to prevention of delinquent behavior, victimization and juvenile justice system involvement.

The work of the Research Board is also supported by Fasika Alem, Ph.D., and Naida Silverthorn, Ph.D., and Rebecca Scheidler at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The current Research Board members and their primary areas of expertise are as follows:

Research Board Members Areas of Expertise
David DuBois, Ph.D.
(University of Illinois at Chicago) Chair
Youth mentoring program evaluation; mentoring and positive youth development; mentoring relationship assessment.
Carla Herrera, Ph.D.
(Independent consultant) Associate Chair
School-based mentoring; group mentoring; mentor training and support.
Gabriel Kuperminc, Ph.D.
(Georgia State University) Associate Chair
Group and team mentoring; integration of mentoring into prevention and positive youth development programs; gender and cultural issues in mentoring.
Crystal S. Aschenbrener, DSW, MSW, APSW
(Alverno College)
Educational programs for Native American youth; mixed methodologies, with an emphasis on program and organizational assessments.
Edmond P. Bowers, Ph.D.
(Clemson University)
Mentoring and positive youth development; natural mentors; relations between parenting and mentoring; intentional self regulation.
Timothy Cavell, Ph.D.
(University of Arkansas)
School-based mentoring; mentoring interventions for aggressive and bullied children; mentoring for youth in military families.
Nancy L. Deutsch, Ph.D.
(University of Virginia)
Group mentoring; mentoring and positive youth development; gender and cultural issues in mentoring; natural mentoring.
Mark Eddy, Ph.D.
(New York University)
Mentoring of children of incarcerated parents; parent training and support; juvenile justice and conduct disorder/delinquency prevention.
Chris Elledge, Ph.D.
(University of Tennessee at Knoxville)
School-based mentoring; child aggression, bullying, peer victimization, peer relationships, parenting, child adjustment, prevention.
Gizem Erdem, Ph.D.
(Koç University, Istanbul)
Youth mentoring, at-risk adolescents and families, positive youth development, substance abuse prevention and treatment, program evaluation.
Polly Gipson, Ph.D.
(University of Michigan)
Youth mentoring and mental health/adaptive outcomes; evidence-based clinical practices; trauma- and bereavement-informed assessment and intervention; suicide risk assessment and intervention; community-based participatory research.
Mary Agnes Hamilton, Ph.D.
(Cornell University)
Mentoring and positive youth development; natural mentoring; mentoring for older adolescents.
Stephen Hamilton, Ph.D.
(Cornell University)
Mentoring and positive youth development; natural mentoring; mentoring for older adolescents.
Stephanie Hawkins, Ph.D.
(RTI International)
Youth mentoring; girls and delinquency prevention; youth violence prevention; teen dating violence prevention; youth substance abuse prevention.
G. Roger Jarjoura, Ph.D.
(American Institutes for Research)
Mentoring for juvenile justice and system-involved youth; youth mentoring program evaluation; training and ongoing support of mentors.
Michael J. Karcher, Ed.D., Ph.D.
(University of Texas at San Antonio)
Youth mentoring program evaluation; cross-age peer mentoring; matching practices; types of mentoring interactions; mentoring program outcomes assessments, specifically connectedness to school.
Michelle R. Kaufman, Ph.D.
(Johns Hopkins University)
Youth mentoring; program evaluation; gender; LGBT; sexual health; health disparities.
Thomas E. Keller, Ph.D.
(Portland State University)
Development and influence of mentoring relationships; social networks in mentoring interventions; evaluation of program innovations and enhancements; professional development of program staff; mentoring of undergraduates in science, biomedical, and health fields.
Sam McQuillin, Ph.D.
(University of South Carolina)
School-based mentoring; motivational interviewing.
Michelle R. Munson, MSW, Ph.D.
(New York University)
Natural mentoring; mental health services and interventions research; influence of adult role models; service use decisions; transition to adulthood among vulnerable populations.
Enrique Neblett, Ph.D.
(University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
African American youth mental health and well-being; mentoring for boys and young men of color; culturally-adapted mentoring interventions.
Ashmeet K. Oberoi, Ph.D.
(University of Miami)
Youth mentoring, immigrant and refugee youth, positive youth development, school engagement, academic achievement.
Julia Pryce, Ph.D., LCSW
(Loyola University Chicago)
System-involved youth; mentoring relationship quality; gender-specific mentoring; school-based mentoring; qualitative research methods.
Christian Rummell, Ed.D. 
(Mentorist)
Mentoring LGBTQ youth; qualitative research methods; training and technical assistance delivery.
Bernadette Sanchez, Ph.D.
(DePaul University)
Urban, low-income, youth of color; gender and culture in mentoring; racial/ethnic identity and discrimination; social justice issues in mentoring.
Michelle R. Munson, Ph.D., MSW
(New York University)
Natural mentoring; mental health services and interventions research; influence of adult role models; service use decisions; transition to adulthood among vulnerable populations.
Heather Taussig, Ph.D.
(University of Denver)
Time-limited mentoring; prevention science; mentoring children in the child welfare system; mentoring and mental health.
Lindsey Weiler, Ph.D.
(University of Minnesota)
Youth mentoring within a prevention framework; family systems and mentoring; group mentoring.

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