About INMR

The field of youth mentoring spans across continents, with researchers investigating a myriad of topics and program approaches. Enhancing the reach and effectiveness of youth mentoring remains a crucial challenge. Collaborative efforts play a pivotal role in advancing research, driving policy change, and bolstering the real-world impact of mentoring initiatives. By fostering cross-cultural and interdisciplinary collaborations, we can pave the way for significant strides in the field.

Charlotte Silke, Co-Chair 

Charlotte is a researcher with the UNESCO Child & Family Research Centre, at the University of Galway, in Ireland and is currently the co-chair of the INMR.  Charlotte has a keen interest in research exploring youth social and emotional development, and is committed to engaging in collaborative, participatory research with applied partners in order to explore the impact of mentoring within real-world settings and inform policy.

Matthew Hagler Matthew Hagler, Co-Chair 

Matt is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Francis Marion University, in the US, and is currently the co-chair of the INMR. Much of Dr. Hagler’s research focuses on exploring intergenerational mentoring relationships between youth and non-parent adults – including formalized relationships within organized youth programs and bonds that arise organically within families, schools, extracurricular activities, and communities.

Òscar Prieto-Flores, Co-Founder

Òscar is an associate professor at the University of Girona. He obtained his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Barcelona in 2007 and was Visiting Scholar in 2006 of the Center for Migration and Development at Princeton University, in 2012 of the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University and in 2017 at the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at UMASS Boston.

Jean RhodesJean Rhodes, Co-Founder 

Jean is the Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has devoted her career to understanding and advancing the role of intergenerational relationships in the intellectual, social, educational, and career development of youth.