Thursday, May 7, 2009
The Great Fenway Park Writers Series Proudly Presents:
Dr. Jean E. Rhodes – UMASS Boston Professor of Psychology and Authorized Biographer of Manny Ramirez
Author of and Speaking on: “Becoming Manny: Inside the Life of Baseball`s Most Enigmatic Slugger”
Absolut Clubhouse at Fenway Park (enter off Brookline Avenue)
Friends of the Writers Series – $50 (price includes an autographed copy of Dr. Rhodes’s book)
Dr. Jean E. Rhodes – Briefly Biographical
Dr. Jean Rhodes is considered the world’s leading authority on mentoring. Her interests include mentoring relationships, risk and protective factors in adolescent development, emerging adulthood, preventive interventions, and the bridging of research, practice, and policy.
Her research examines the development of adolescents and young adults with special attention to the role of non-parent adults. She is currently involved in a range of research projects that address the role of both formal and informal mentors in vulnerable groups including children of prisoners, survivors of Hurricane Katrina, community college students, high school dropouts, and low-income children in after-school settings.
Her findings provide ample evidence of the extraordinary potential of mentoring relationships, while also exposing the rarely acknowledged risk for harm that unsuccessful relationships can render. A deeper understanding of these important relationships may lead to interventions and policies that better address the needs of youth.
Professor Rhodes completed her Ph.D. in clinical/community psychology at DePaul University and her clinical internship at the University Of Chicago Pritzker School Of Medicine. She is a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and the Society for Research and Community Action, and a Distinguished Fellow of the William T. Grant Foundation. Dr. Rhodes is also a member of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood and is currently Principal Investigator on grants from the National Science Foundation, the Picower Foundation, and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. Professor Rhodes is Chair of the Research and Policy Council of the National Mentoring Partnership.
She is Chair of the Research and Policy Council of the National Mentoring Partnership. She sits on the Board of Directors of the National Mentoring Partnership, and on the Advisory Boards of many mentoring and policy organizations, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals in community and adolescent psychology. Her book, "Stand by me: The risks and rewards of mentoring today`s youth" (Harvard University Press) was recently published in paperback.