Author Archive: Michael Karcher

Michael J. Karcher, Ed.D., Ph.D., is a Professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He holds an Ed.D. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University (1997) and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from UT Austin (1999).

He conducts research on school-based and cross-age peer mentoring as well as on adolescent connectedness and pair counseling (see www.michaelkarcher.com). He developed the CAMP peer mentoring program and the Hemingway: Measure of Adolescent Connectedness which is used in the CAMP program. He conducted one of the first large-scale school-based mentoring studies, the Study of Mentoring in the Learning Environment (SMILE, 2003-2007) and currently directs two large-scale studies for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). He co-edited Play, Talk, Learn: Promising Practices in Youth Mentoring (2010) and the Handbook of Youth Mentoring (2005, 2013)

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Tactful mentors: A mentor is often someone older, but must she also be wiser?   

Tactful mentors: A mentor is often someone older, but must she also be wiser?  

When I train mentors, especially those with considerable life and work experience, or when I discuss training with mentoring professionals who provide training to such mentors in their programs, I try to make clear my belief that mentors need to know that a youth mentor’s job is not to “talk at” or “inform” the mentee […]

Politicians and constituents: Here’s why we do research (and why you should care)

Politicians and constituents: Here’s why we do research (and why you should care)

I’m from Texas, where we have our fair share of politicians who don’t get why we do research, how it funds the university system, and why research universities relieve rather than burden state budgets. It appears to me that many in government don’t seem to fully understand how the system and its institutions work to […]