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Our lab develops and tests community-based interventions designed to promote healthy development in youth living in marginalized communities. For example, we study the effectiveness of mentoring as one intervention that harnesses the power of close relationships. In particular, we explore whether and how mentoring improves psychosocial and academic outcomes for youth growing up in risky environments, and how adjustments to mentoring programs could help to serve these at-risk youth more effectively.


Raposa, E. B., Rhodes, J. E., Stams, G. J. J. M., Card, N., Burton, S., Schwartz, S., Yoviene Sykes, L., Kanchewa, S., Kupersmidt, J., & Hussain, S. (2019). The effects of youth mentoring programs: A meta-analysis of outcome studies. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 48(3), 423-443. [Link to PDF]

Raposa, E. B., Ben-Eliyahu, A., Olsho, L. E. W., Rhodes, J. (2018). Birds of a feather: Is matching based on shared interests and characteristics associated with longer youth mentoring relationships? Journal of Community Psychology, 47(2), 385-397. [Link to PDF]

Raposa, E. B., Rhodes, J., & Herrera, C. (2016). The impact of youth risk on mentoring relationship quality: Do mentor characteristics matter?" American Journal of Community Psychology, 57, 320-329. [Link to PDF]

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