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Talks at Twelve: David DuBois, Thursday, February 20, 2014

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Evidence-Based Practice for Promoting Positive Youth Development: A Critical Perspective
David DuBois, University of Illinois at Chicago

Thursday, February 20, 2014
12:00-1:00 PM
Nevin Welcome Center, Ten-Eyck Room, The Plantations, Cornell campus


This talk is open to all. Lunch will be served. Metered parking is available at the Plantations.

Numerous frameworks and sets of criteria have been advanced in recent years with the aim of identifying “What Works” for promoting positive youth development. In his talk, Professor DuBois will critically examine these efforts and in doing so will offer recommendations for improving their methodological and conceptual rigor as well as their practical utility.

David L. DuBois, PhD, is a professor in the Division of Community Health Sciences within the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research examines the contribution of protective factors, particularly self-esteem and mentoring relationships, to resilience and holistic positive development and on translating knowledge in this area to the design of effective youth programs.

Dr. DuBois has authored numerous peer-reviewed studies on these topics, including two widely-cited meta-analyses of the effectiveness of youth mentoring programs. He is lead co-editor of the Handbook of Youth Mentoring (Sage Publications, 2005; second edition forthcoming) and is co-author of After-School Centers and Youth Development: Case Studies of Success and Failure (Cambridge University Press, 2012), each of which received Social Policy book awards from the Society of Research on Adolescence.

Dr. DuBois's research has been funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, DHHS Office of Minority Health, and the Institute of Education Sciences. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and Society for Community Research and Action as well as a past Distinguished Fellow of the William T. Grant Foundation. He received his doctorate in clinical-community psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Dr. DuBois has served as a consultant and advisor to mentoring programs and organizations both nationally and internationally. He is the founder and moderator of the Youth Mentoring Research and Practice listserv, which includes over 600 members. He recently has assumed the roles of Chair of the Research Advisory Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and Director of Research for the National Mentoring Resource Center. Dr. DuBois also has served as a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. He lives in Chicago, Illinois, with his wife and three daughters.

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February 20, 2014
Julie Ann Racino

Good luck, and best wishes in the presentation.

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