David DuBois, PhD

Professor, Community Health Sciences

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 and an IHRP Fellow. 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 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.

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

DuBois DL. Problematic consequences of using standard errors rather than standard deviations: calculation of effect sizes. JAMA Pediatr. 2015 Jan 1;169(1):95. 

Grant KE, Farahmand F, Meyerson DA, Dubois DL, Tolan PH, Gaylord-Harden NK, et al. Development of Cities Mentor Project: an intervention to improve academic outcomes for low-income urban youth through instruction in effective coping supported by mentoring relationships and protective settings. J Prev Interv Community. 2014;42(3):221-42.

Jarjoura GR, DuBois DL, Shlafer RJ, Haight KA. Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents: A Synthesis of Research and Input from the Listening Session Held by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the White House Domestic Policy Council and Office of Public Engagement. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice; 2013. [See report.]

Bavarian N, Lewis KM, Dubois DL, Acock A, Vuchinich S, Silverthorn N, Snyder FJ, Day J, Ji P, Flay BR. Using social-emotional and character development to improve academic outcomes: a matched-pair, cluster-randomized controlled trial in low-income, urban schools. J Sch Health. 2013 Nov;83(11):771-9. [See abstract.]

Lewis KM, Dubois DL, Bavarian N, Acock A, Silverthorn N, Day J, Ji P, Vuchinich S, Flay BR. Effects of Positive Action on the emotional health of urban youth: a cluster-randomized trial. J Adolesc Health. 2013 Dec;53(6):706-11. [See abstract.]

Lewis KM, Schure MB, Bavarian N, DuBois DL, Day J, Ji P, Silverthorn N, Acock A, Vuchinich S, Flay BR. Problem behavior and urban, low-income youth: a randomized controlled trial of Positive Action in Chicago. Am J Prev Med. 2013 Jun;44(6):622-630. [See abstract.]

Jarpe-Ratner E, Fagen MC, Day J, Gilmet K, Prudowsky J, Neiger BL, Dubois DL, Flay BR. Using the community readiness model as an approach to formative evaluation. Health Promot Pract. 2013 Sep;14(5):649-55. [See abstract.]

Washburn IJ, Acock A, Vuchinich S, Snyder F, Li KK, Ji P, Day J, Dubois D, Flay BR. Effects of a social-emotional and character development program on the trajectory of behaviors associated with social-emotional and character development: Findings from three randomized trials. Prev Sci. 2011 Sep;12(3):314-23. [See abstract.]

Ahrens KR, DuBois DL, Garrison M, Renee SC, Richardson LP, Lozano P. Qualitative exploration of relationships with important non-parental adults in the lives of youth in foster care. Child Youth Serv Rev. 2011 Jun;33(6):1012-1023. [See abstract.]

Li K-K, Washburn I, DuBois DL, Vuchinich S, Ji P, Brechling V, Day J, Beets MW, Acock AC, Berbaum M, Snyder F, Flay BR. Effects of the Positive Action programme on problem behaviours in elementary school students: A matched-pair randomised control trial in Chicago. Psychol Health. 2011;26(2):187-204. [See abstract.]

Pryce JM, Silverthorn N, Sanchez B, DuBois DL. GirlPOWER! Strengthening mentoring relationships through a structured, gender-specific program. New Dir Youth Dev. 2010 Summer;2010(126):89-105. [See abstract.]

Wheeler ME, Keller TE, DuBois DL. Review of three recent randomized trials of school-based mentoring: making sense of mixed findings. Soc Policy Rep. 2010;24(3):1-21. Available at http://www.srcd.org/sites/default/files/documents/spr_24-3.pdf

Cavell T, DuBois D, Karcher M, Keller T, Rhodes J. Strengthening mentoring opportunities for at-risk youth [policy brief]. February 2009. Available at: http://educationnorthwest.org/webfm_send/237

Eby LT, Allen TD, Evans SC, Ng T, DuBois DL. Does mentoring matter? A multidisciplinary meta-analysis comparing mentored and non-mentored individuals. J Vocat Behav. 2008;72(2):254-267.

Ji PY, DuBois DL, Flay BR, Brechling V. "Congratulations, you have been randomized into the control group!(?)": Issues to consider when recruiting schools for matched-pair randomized control trials of prevention programs. J Sch Health. 2008;78:131-139.

Rhodes JE, DuBois DL. Mentoring relationships and programs for youth. Curr Dir Psychol Sci. 2008;17:254-258.

Ji P, Flay BR, Dubois DL, Brechling V, Day J, Cantillon D. Consent form return rates for third-grade urban elementary students. Am J Health Behav. 2006 Sep-Oct;30(5):467-74.

DuBois DL, Rhodes JE, eds. Youth mentoring. J Community Psychol. 2006:34(6). Special Issue.

DuBois DL, Karcher MJ, eds. Handbook of Youth Mentoring. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Sage Publications; 2005.

DuBois DL, Silverthorn N. Natural mentoring relationships and adolescent health: Evidence from a national study. Am J Public Health. 2005;95:518-524.

DuBois DL, Holloway BE, Valentine JC, Cooper H. Effectiveness of mentoring programs for youth: A meta-analytic review. Am J Community Psychol. 2002;30:157-197. 

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Honors and Awards

Distinguished Fellow, William T. Grant Foundation Distinguished Fellow
Fellow, American Psychological Association
Fellow, Society for Community Research and Action
IHRP Fellow
Society for Research on Adolescence's Social Policy Award for Best Edited Book for Handbook of Youth Mentoring