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 Kelly Stewart, Ph.D., Fasika Alem, Ph.D., and Naida Silverthorn, Ph.D., 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.
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.
Tim Brezina, Ph.D.
(Georgia State University)
Causes and correlates of youth crime and violence; criminological theory; the role of agency and future expectations in desistance from crime.
Timothy Cavell, Ph.D.
(University of Arkansas)
School-based mentoring; mentoring interventions for aggressive and bullied children; mentoring for youth in military families.
Wing Yi (Winnie) Chan, Ph.D.
(The Education Trust)
Adolescents; community resilience; health and wellness promotion; immigrants and emigrants; program evaluation.
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.
Grace Gowdy, Ph.D.
(North Carolina A&T State University)
Informal mentoring (i.e., natural mentoring); youth-initiated mentoring; upward mobility.
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.
Carla Herrera, Ph.D
(Independent consultant)
School-based mentoring; group mentoring; mentor training and support. 
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; connectedness to school.
Michelle R. Kaufman, Ph.D.
(Johns Hopkins University)
Youth mentoring; program evaluation; gender; LGBT; sexual health; health disparities.
Mariah Kornbluh, Ph.D.
(University of South Carolina)
Youth-participatory action research; youth civic development; critical consciousness; social networks.
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.
Sally Lindsay, Ph.D.
(Bloorview Research Institute; University of Toronto)
Mentoring for children and youth with disabilities (group-based, e-mentoring, peer-to-peer, school, and workplace).
Michael D. Lyons, Ph.D., NCSP
(University of Virginia)
School-based mentoring; social-emotional development. 
Sam McQuillin, Ph.D.
(University of South Carolina)
School-based mentoring; motivational interviewing.
Theresa Melton, Ph.D. 
(Pennsylvania State University)
Positive youth development; youth-adult relationships; mentoring program evaluation; mixed (quantitative and qualitative) methods.
Liliokanaio Peaslee, Ph.D.
(James Madison University)
Mentoring and youth development; criminal justice policy; university-community collaborations; education policy; social welfare policy. 
Julia Pryce, Ph.D., LCSW
(Loyola University Chicago)
System-involved youth; mentoring relationship quality; gender-specific mentoring; school-based mentoring; qualitative research methods.
Bernadette Sanchez, Ph.D.
(DePaul University)
Cultural issues in mentoring; natural mentoring; mentoring and academic achievement.
Renee Spencer, Ed.D., LICSW 
(Boston University)
Qualitative research; mentoring relationship characteristics; parent involvement; match maintenance and closure.  
Rebecca Stelter, Ph.D.
(Innovation Research & Training)
Training for mentors, mentees, mentoring program staff; mentoring program best practices; mentoring program evaluation; technical assistance for mentoring programs; mentoring children who have experienced parental incarceration and children who have experienced foster care.
Amy Syvertsen, Ph.D.
(Search Institute)
Youth civic development and engagement; positive youth development; developmental relationships; adolescent prevention science.
Manolya Tanyu, Ph.D.
(American Institutes of Research)
Social and emotional learning; mentoring; violence prevention; youth-serving systems.
Heather Taussig, Ph.D.
(University of Denver)
Time-limited mentoring; prevention science; mentoring children in the child welfare system; mentoring and mental health.
Amanda Teye, Ph.D.
(James Madison University)
Community-based outcomes assessment; impact evaluation; assessment development.  
Lindsey Weiler, Ph.D.
(University of Minnesota)
Youth mentoring within a prevention framework; family systems and mentoring; group mentoring.
Torie Weiston-Serdan, Ph.D.
(Youth Mentoring Action Network; Claremont Graduate University)
Critical mentoring; issues of race and diversity in mentoring; participatory action research. 

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