Sarah Schwartz, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology

Phone: 617-305-1922
Fax:  617-367-2924
Office: 73 Tremont Street Rm. 8009



  • PhD, University of Massachusetts Boston
  • MEd, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • BA, Brown University

Internship: Riverbend Community Mental Health
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Cambridge Health Alliance/Harvard Medical School


Specialty Areas

Adolescent risk and resilience; school- and community-based intervention and prevention programs; youth mentoring; positive youth development; transition to adulthood

The goal of my research is to identify effective strategies to foster healthy developmental outcomes in vulnerable adolescents, particularly for those who may have little access to or desire to participate in traditional mental health services. I am especially interested in interventions that leverage the power of caring adult relationships to promote positive social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes for youth. For example, much of my research focuses on mentoring relationships, exploring the processes by which such relationships can result in improved functioning, as well as individual, relationship, and contextual factors that influence the effectiveness of mentoring relationships. I am also investigating a novel intervention designed to promote social support and social capital among high school students and underrepresented college students by teaching them strategies to develop and maintain supportive relationships. Additional research topics include school-based mental health services, out-of-school learning, youth activism, and the transition to adulthood .

Selected Publications

Schwartz, S. E. O. & Rhodes, J. (2016). From treatment to empowerment: New approaches to youth mentoring. American Journal of Community Psychology. Manuscript in press. DOI: 10.1002/ajcp.12070  

Schwartz, S. E. O., Kanchewa, S. S., Rhodes, J. E., Cutler, E., Cunningham, J. (2016). “I didn’t know you could just ask:” Empowering underrepresented college-bound students to recruit academic and career mentors. Children and Youth Services Review, 64, 51-59. DOI: 10.1016/j/childyouth/2016.03.001

Schwartz, S. E. O., Rhodes, J. E., Spencer, R., & Grossman, J. B. (2013). Youth initiated mentoring: Investigating a new approach to working with vulnerable adolescents. American Journal of Community Psychology, 52, 155-169. DOI: 10.1007/s10464-013-9585-3

Schwartz, S. E. O., & Suyemoto, K. L. (2013). Participant impacts and processes of change within a youth community organizing program. Journal of Community Psychology, 41, 341-358. DOI: 10.1002/jcop.21541

Schwartz, S. E. O., Rhodes, J. E., Chan, C. S., & Herrera, C. (2011). The impact of school-based mentoring on youths with different relational profiles. Developmental Psychology, 47, 450-462. DOI: 10.1037/a0021379

Courses Taught

PSYCH 249 - Introduction to Lifespan Development
PSYCH 321 - Introduction to Counseling Skills
PSYCH 336 - Developmental Psychopathology
PSYCH 749 - Lifespan Development