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. He received his doctorate in clinical-community psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 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) and is co-author of After-School Centers and Youth Development: Case Studies of Success and Failure (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Each has received Social Policy book awards from the Society of Research on Adolescence.
Dr. DuBois' 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.
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, and the Director of Research for the National Mentoring Resource Center. Dr. DuBois also has served as a mentor himself in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. He lives in Chicago, Illinois, with his wife, Natalie, three daughters, Becky, Gwyn, and Lily, and Ella, rescue dog extraordinaire.