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    Members
    Rahul Sable
    Other
    Public/Social Policy, Social Work
    Program Manager
    Mentor Together
    rahul@mentortogether.org
    Research Summary

    I am planning to study go for PhD in the next two years taking mentorship as a research subject. I am interested to understand the adaptation of a mentoring program in the Public Policy. Designing of the mentoring program which is most cost-effective and more impactful.


    Biographical Info

    I have done Master in Social Work specialized in Children and Families. I have been working with Mentor Together NGO, a pioneer of mentoring movement in Indian and the largest mentoring organization in the country.


    Ana Saldanha
    Faculty Member
    Education/Special Education
    Lecturer, Translator, Mentor
    Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa
    APTRAD
    anasaldanha1983@gmail.com
    Research Summary

    I am currently engaged in spreading the word about Mentoring being a pedagogical tool essential for translators, how can mentoring help to develop non experienced people`s willingness to start a career in translation.


    Biographical Info

    Ana Sofia Saldanha, Portuguese, professional translator, university lecturer and probono mentor. Since 2015 probono mentor in APTRAD (Portuguese Translators`Association) for recently-graduated students in Translation who want to start a career in translation. Since 2015 speaker, Regular, Plenary and Keynote, in conferences regarding Translation Training, Higher Education, Education, Translation regarding the theme: mentoring.
    Since january 2019 I am an Associate Board Member of the International Mentoring Association (IMA) in USA.


    Carol Sandiford
    Researcher
    Psychology
    Research & Evaluation Director
    Raise Foundation
    Monash University
    carol.sandiford@raise.org.au
    Nuno Santos Fernandes
    Other
    Mentor
    Walking Mentorship
    nunosantosfernandes@walkingmentorship.com
    Walking Mentorship
    Research Summary

    Nuno has been investigating the positive impact and strong synergy of doing a structured mentoring program while walking in nature. So far this is a qualitative approach based on the direct observation and the follow-up with the mentees. On a parallel path is the study of the role of mentoring in education.


    Biographical Info

    Nuno graduated in Public Relations and Publicity and started his first business during the degree, immediately feeling the urge to inspire, motivate and help his partners and team members to develop.
    A few years later came a new crossroad - a challenge to run an environmental NGO that strived to reconcile the economic interests of landowners in the Alentejo region with the social and environmental impact they create. This was a way of learning with the stakeholders in the terrain and the scholars, again trying to mediate changes of behaviour.
    In 2009 he enrolled an Advanced Management Program for Executives at Universidade Católica de Lisboa, focusing especially on leadership and people management and motivation.
    A couple of years ago, disgruntled by the lack of real options from the Portuguese political spectrum, Nuno decided to help start a new political party, which he did with a handful of other lone walkers. Nuno is the head of the National Council. The party has already elected one MP.
    Since 2010 Nuno has a keen interest in the subjects of multiple intelligences and the neuro-psychology. Currently Mentoring is his main activity.


    Loïs Schenk
    Graduate Student
    Psychology, Sociology
    PhD-student
    Erasmus University Rotterdam
    l.schenk@essb.eur.nl
    Website
    Research Summary

    My research focuses on the role of social support for vulnerable youths (age 12-27) in general. More specific, I also study the effective use of mentoring programs for these youths using quantitative and qualitative research designs. We bring together scientific research and practice in the Erasmus Urban Youth Lab.


    Biographical Info

    Loïs Schenk, MSc, I graduated in 2012 from Utrecht University in Youth Studies. My professional interest is studying youth issues from multiple perspectives (sociological, pedagogical, and psychological). Since 2015 I have been working as a PhD student at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. In my research on vulnerable youth, I mainly focus on social relations of young people in an urban context.


    Jens Schneider
    Researcher
    Anthropology, Education/Special Education, Ethnography, Other
    Senior Researcher
    Universität Osnabrück
    Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS)
    jeschneider@uos.de
    Biographical Info

    Studies in Anthropology and Musicology at Universität Hamburg and in Ethnic Studies and Linguistics at Universiteit van Amsterdam; PhD in Anthropology at Universität Tübingen in 2000. Research stays in Chile, Berlin and Rio de Janeiro between 1989 and 2003. Between 2004 and 2018 founder and director of the mentoring project Junge Vorbilder (“Young Examples/Role Models”) at an NGO in Hamburg. Since 2005 researcher in the field of Migration Studies with special focus on the European second generation, being affiliated to the Universiteit van Amsterdam until 2011 and the Universität Osnabrück since 2012. Special interests include identities, education and social mobility.


    Linda Searby
    Faculty Member
    Education/Special Education
    Associate Clinical Professor
    University of Florida, USA
    International Mentoring Association Executive Board
    lindasearby@coe.ufl.edu
    International Mentoring Association
    Research Summary

    I research mentoring in several spaces: mentoring new faculty, mentoring new school leaders, the mentoring mindset of mentees. I am the CoEditor of the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education. I am a co-editor of the forthcoming Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Mentoring (due out October 2019). I have published over 30 peer reviewed articles on the topic of mentoring, and co-authored the book, Best Practices in Mentoring for Teacher and Leader Development.


    Biographical Info

    Dr. Linda Searby is an Associate Clinical Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Florida, where she teaches courses in Leadership and Administration, Curriculum and Supervision, Action Research, School Change, and Mentoring. She is the Co-Editor for the International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, and a reviewer for several journals in educational leadership. Dr. Searby has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles in mentoring research, specifically on the development of a mentoring mindset in the protégé, as well as conducted numerous presentations and trainings for mentors and protégés, including many in other colleges at University the of Florida. She is co-editor of the books, Best Practices in Mentoring for Teacher and Leader Development (2016), and the Wiley-Blackwell International Handbook of Mentoring (2019). Dr. Searby is a graduate of Lincoln Christian University (B.A.), Eastern Illinois University (M.S.), and Illinois State University (Ph.D). Dr. Searby is a member of the Executive Board of the International Mentoring Association, and was instrumental in bringing the association to its new home at the University of Florida in 2018, and chaired its International Mentoring Conference here in March, 2019. Most recently, Dr. Searby has formed an Affinity Group at UF for faculty and staff who work with mentoring programs across campus.


    Sandra Shelton
    Other
    Education/Special Education
    Professional Speaker
    StrengthBank Inc.
    Sandra A Shelton Corporate Speaking
    sandra.shelton@strengthbank.org
    Sandra A Shelton
    Biographical Info

    https://www.sandrashelton.com/biography.pdf


    Robert Simmons
    Other
    Education/Special Education
    Assistant Director of Mentoring and Inclusion Programs
    Rowan University
    Dr. Harley E. Flack Student Mentoring Program
    simmonsr@rowan.edu
    Francisco Simões
    Researcher
    Education/Special Education, Psychology
    Doctor
    University Institute of Lisbon - ISCTE-IUL
    ISCTE-IUL - Instituto Universitário de Lisboa
    francisco.simoes@iscte-iul.pt
    Website
    Research Summary

    My may main research interest is to understand the situation of youths not in employment, education or training (NEET) in rural areas, namely how informal and formal social support affect the vocational and social development of these youths. My research interests also focus on social determinants of adolescents’ social and educational development, with a particular focus on the role of youth mentoring as a relational context to promote these outcomes.


    Biographical Info

    Ph.D in Psychology (University of Coimbra) Since 2015, I am a researcher and a full member of the Center for Social Research and Intervention at the University Institute of Lisbon (CIS-IUL). Presently, I coordinate the research group Community, Education and Development (CED), at CIS-IUL.

    I authored and co-authored more than twenty international peer-reviewed papers on issues such as adolescents’ social development and well-being, social support, youth mentoring or rural NEETs psychosocial profile.

    I have an experience of over 15 years in project design, implementation and assessment for and with several organizations (Comunidade Intermunicipal da Lezíria do Tejo; Câmara Municipal de Angra do Heroísmo; ISCTE-IUL team responsible for supervising schools included in the Priority Territories for Educational Interventions - TEIP program) funded by private and public organizations.


    Szilvia Simon
    Other
    Other
    Community manager
    European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring
    s.simon@ecebmentoring.eu
    European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring
    Twitter
    Biographical Info

    I am community manager of the ECEBM, with more than 700 mentoring professionals from all over Europe, since 2016. With my work i connect mentoring practitioners and researchers, to increase the quality of organizations, to learn from each other and to create stronger mentoring relationship. Together with the field, i advocate for a place of mentoring in the EU governement. I have 20 years of experience as a mentoring practitioner within education, with evidence-based practice. I am also a mentor.


    Jennifer Singleton
    Researcher
    Psychology

    Universität der Bundeswehr München
    j.singleton@unibw.de
    Research Summary

    I am currently researching to what extent single-mothers also benefit from their child receiving formal mentoring.


    Renee Spencer
    Faculty Member
    Social Work
    Professor
    Boston Unversity
    School of Social Work
    rspenc@bu.edu
    Biographical Info

    Renée Spencer is a professor at the Boston University School of Social Work whose research interests include youth mentoring, adolescent development and gender. Much of her research focuses on the relational processes at work in more and less successful youth mentoring relationships. She also studies innovative approaches to mentoring for special populations of young people, including foster care and military-connected youth. She has published widely and serves as a member of several boards and committees, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Research Advisory Council.


    Rebecca Stelter
    Researcher
    Education/Special Education, Psychology
    Research Scientist
    innovation Research & Training
    rstelter@irtinc.us
    Mentoring Central
    Twitter
    Yafit Sulimani-Aidan
    Faculty Member
    Social Work
    Professor
    Tel Aviv University
    Tel Aviv University
    yafitsoul@gmail.com
    Anu-Riina Svenlin
    Researcher
    Social Work
    University teacher, PhD Student
    University of Jyväskylä
    Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius
    anu-riina.svenlin@chydenius.fi
    Chelsea Tambunting
    Other
    Education/Special Education, Psychology
    Director for Special Projects
    Marymount Academy
    chelseatambunting@gmail.com
    Manolya Tanyu
    Researcher
    Education/Special Education, Psychology
    Senior Researcher
    American Institutes for Research
    mtanyu@air.org
    Website
    Research Summary

    Manolya has recently worked on a randomized control trial funded by the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Program (OJJDP) that examined the implementation processes and outcomes of enhanced mentoring approaches at 32 mentoring agencies in rural, urban, and suburban communities across 13 states in the U.S. https://www.ojjdp.gov/research/evaluation-of-the-mentoring-enhancement-demonstration-program.html


    Biographical Info

    I am deeply interested in bridging research and practice in mentoring to advocate for its benefits.
    I have worked on multiple mentoring research/evaluation studies since my graduate school and have a strong knowledge base in youth mentoring. I do both US-based and international work on issues related to youth development and prevention. I am looking for opportunities to collaborate with researchers and practitioners to grow our knowledge base, network and learn from others. I am also interested in engaging young people in data-related activities as peer researchers and as part of youth-adult partnerships. I have trained college students on data collection and evaluation skills in the past and mentor many junior staff at my workplace. Internationally, I am in particular interested in program implementation and outcomes evaluation with refugee youth and training youth as peer researchers.


    Heather Taussig
    Faculty Member
    Psychology, Social Work
    Professor
    University of Denver
    Kempe Center for the Prevention & Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect
    heather.taussig@du.edu
    Fostering Healthy Futures
    Heather Taussig
    Faculty Member
    Psychology, Social Work
    Professor
    University of Denver
    Kempe Center for the Prevention & Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect
    heather.taussig@childrenscolorado.org
    Fostering Healthy Futures
    Biographical Info

    Heather Taussig, Ph.D., is a Professor at the University of Denver’s Graduate School of Social Work. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect at the University of Colorado. Dr. Taussig’s research focuses on developing and testing prevention programming for maltreated children with child welfare involvement. She developed and directs the Fostering Healthy Futures (FHF) program, an evidence-based mentoring program for children in foster care that was developed and tested with funding from the U.S. National Institutes for Health. FHF is being disseminated through community-based organizations and a teen adaptation is being tested in a randomized controlled trial funded by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Dr. Taussig recently completed data collection for a 10-year longitudinal study of youth in foster care, funded by the U.S. National Institute of Justice, and she is beginning a study of ecological factors leading to juvenile justice involvement for youth in foster care through funding from the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Dr. Taussig’s work includes research on youth mentoring, adolescent risk behaviors, dating violence, and child welfare system outcomes. Dr. Taussig currently serves on several review panels and community collaboratives as well as on the Research Board of the U.S. National Mentoring Resource Center. She served on Colorado Governor Ritter’s Task Force on Foster Care and is an awardee for her work on child abuse and neglect from the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.


    judy taylor
    Other
    VP
    Mentor management systems
    Mentor management systems
    judy@strother-taylor.com
    Biographical Info

    Mentor stakeholder


    Alexandra Telitsyna
    Researcher
    Psychology, Social Work, Sociology
    Associate professor
    National Research University Higher School of Economics
    atelitsyna@hse.ru
    Research Summary

    This study examines the different perceptions about the role of mentors between at-risk youth who are institutionalized versus those who are family-based in the Russian Federation. The present study was conducted using a survey questionnaire with respondents between ages 15 to 23 in Moscow. Data analysis was conducted on 1110 responses using Pearson’s chi-squared test, Pearson correlation coefficient, and t-test. Results indicate that institutionalized at-risk youth, more than their family-based peers, perceive the mentor to be their friend; a person with whom they can establish a close and trusting relationship. For family-based respondents the mentor is perceived as a professional who teaches them certain educational and vocational skills. This has implications for the recruitment and training of mentors.


    Biographical Info

    Dr. Alexandra Telitsyna works as associate professor at the National Research University Higher School of Economics at the Centre for Studies of Civil Society and Non-profit sector, in addition to playing a lead role in the Board of Directors in Fundraisers Association of Russia and NGO Association “All together”. She is the Ex-Executive Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Russia. She sits on the Committee of Child Protection at Public Chamber and some others, is a spoken widely about sector issues at many International conferences.


    Sara Thurlow
    Other
    Education/Special Education
    Program Coordinator
    Promise Partnership
    University of New Brunswick
    sara.thurlow@unb.ca
    Promise Partnership
    Biographical Info

    I am a certified elementary school teacher working as a program coordinator for the University of New Brunswick's Promise Partnership program. We run an at lunch and after school mentoring program at a local K-5 school. 85% of the students that attend this school live in poverty. Our focus is combating poverty through increased literacy. Our mentors meet with their mentees once a week for an hour to read, do sight word practice, and play games together. We also offer a High School tutoring program that focuses on high school completion. Students from priority neighborhoods are bused onto campus after school and fed supper in our cafeteria. They then head over to our classrooms and receive homework support in small groups with a University student tutor. Students get help with homework, writing resumes, applying for post secondary and much more. Through the generous donation of a local business we are able to provide a scholarship for students wishing to attend UNB after high school.


    Olta Totoni
    Researcher


    olta_t@hotmail.com
    Website
    Twitter
    Biographical Info

    Olta Totoni is a British Studies Researcher. She studied British and American Studies at the University of Tirana. She specialized in Intercultural Language and Communication. She is a writer of short stories and poetry. Some of her short stories are “Spider Letters” , “The Raven”, “The Storm”, “Dear Centaur”, “The House of the Artist”, “Stockholm’s Syndrome” etc.
    She has written many articles related to political science, English language, literary criticism and most of them have to do with British and American studies. Her journalistic articles are published in the Balkans, the US, Canada, Mexico, France etc.
    She is the author of the book “Diary of the Time” (a collection of articles published in newspapers and magazines) . She has translated excerpts from British literature and gives a good contribution in this field. She is an Ambassador for Peace and an activist for Human Rights.


    Yvonne Ualesi
    Graduate Student
    Education/Special Education, Psychology, Sociology, Other
    Mrs
    University of Auckland
    Te Puna Wānanga School of Māori and Indigenous Education
    yvonne.ualesi@gmail.com
    Twitter
    Biographical Info

    Yvonne M Ualesi is a Doctoral Scholar and PhD Candidate at the University of Auckland. She is of Samoan, Tokelauan and Fijian descent. She is a registered primary school teacher in Aotearoa NZ and currently completing her PhD at Te Puna Wānanga - School of Māori and Indigenous Education within the Faculty of Education and Social Work. She is currently working on the research to inform the cultural adaptation of Campus Connections Aotearoa a unique youth mentoring programme at the UoA originally developed at CSU in the US. Her study is a strengths-based approach underpinned by indigenous theories and references that contribute to positive youth development and youth mentoring. She is exploring key elements of Culturally Sustaining and Safe Practice in Youth Mentoring Aotearoa NZ.


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    Levi van Dam
    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Psychology, Social Work
    Dr
    Dutch YIM foundation
    University of Amsterdam
    l.vandam@uva.nl
    Website
    Twitter
    Research Summary

    Doctorate in child psychology 'Who and what works in natural mentoring?
    A Relational Approach to Improve the Effectiveness of Youth Care'


    Biographical Info

    Educated as a child psychologist, I currently work as an innovator and researcher developing and evaluating new (treatment) programs for youth with special needs.


    Migchiel Van Diggelen
    Faculty Member
    Education/Special Education
    dr.
    Open University of the Netherlands
    migchiel.vandiggelen@ou.nl
    Website
    Twitter
    Biographical Info

    Migchiel van Diggelen is an assistant professor in Educational Psychology at the Open University of the Netherlands. He has completed his Ph.D. on the effects of self-assessment on teachers' competencies in coaching students’ reflection skills at the Eindhoven University of Technology. His research interests include professional learning of teachers, feedback, formative assessment, mentoring and coaching and quality assurance. Van Diggelen is an experienced teacher trainer, educational developer and educational researcher and has initiated, coordinated and participated in numerous (large-scale) educational innovation projects. He is also a board member of the Higher Education division of the Dutch Society for Educational Research (VOR).


    Hanne Vandermeerschen
    Researcher
    Sociology
    dr
    HIVA - KU Leuven
    hanne.vandermeerschen@kuleuven.be
    Biographical Info

    I am a sociologist and senior researcher at HIVA, a research institute which specializes in policy-oriented research and forms part of the university of Leuven (Belgium). My research focuses on the integration of immigrants.


    Vijayalakshmi Vasudevan
    Graduate Student
    Education/Special Education, Psychology, Public/Social Policy, Social Work, Sociology
    I am the Alice from the Wonderland

    viji.lakshmi.kannan@gmail.com