My research interests are focused on the development and evaluation of early intervention programming, primarily mentoring interventions, for at-risk youth. Most recently, my colleagues, Drs. Zimmerman, Weiler, Krafchick, and Youngblade, received funding from the Corporation for National and Community Service (2009-2012) to develop, implement, and evaluate Campus Connections: Therapeutic Mentoring for At-Risk Youth. Campus Connections is both a mentoring program for at-risk youth who are in need of extra support and guidance and a university course for university students who want an opportunity to enhance their education, hone their professional skills, and make a meaningful contribution by serving as a mentor to a youth in need. Campus Connections pairs at-risk youth, ages 10-18, with committed and trained student mentors, and provides a comfortable setting and engaging schedule of activities that allows these mentor-mentee pairs to develop meaningful relationships with one another. In a group setting on the CSU campus, student mentors spend 4 hours with their mentee each week offering academic support, positive social skill development, and interpersonal encouragement.
With Drs. Henry, Weiler, Lucas-Thompson, and Youngblade, I recently received funding from the William T. Grant Foundation to empirically test the impact and process of a unique mentoring innovation, Mentor Families, within the Campus Connections program. Mentor Families, which involves nesting 4 mentor-mentee pairs in a "family" group during Campus Connections, is hypothesized to improve outcomes for mentees and mentors by providing more opportunities for belonging, connectedness, and social support.
B.A., 1990, Political Science and Women’s Studies, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah
M.S., 1993, Human Development and Family Studies, Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
Ph.D., 2001, Counselor Education, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
Honors and Awards
2014 - Engagement Award, College of Health and Human Sciences, Colorado State University
2012 - Exceptional Innovative Instruction in Service Learning Faculty Award, Colorado State University
2012 - National Service Impact Challenge Finalist, Corporation for National and Community Service
2011 - Outstanding Engagement Award Nominee, College of Health and Human Sciences
2005 - Best Teacher Award, CSU Alumni Association
Current Research Projects
Mentor Families: A Setting-level Component to Improve Mentoring Outcomes for At-risk Youth, William T. Grant Foundation, 2015-2018. Co-Principal Investigator (with Dr. Kim Henry).
2007-present: Associate Professor with Tenure, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University.
2001-2007: Assistant Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University.
1998-2001: Lecturer, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University.
Weiler, L. M., Haddock, S. A., Henry, K. L., Zimmerman, T. S, Krafchick, J, & Youngblade, L. (2015). Time-limited, structured youth mentoring and adolescent problem behaviors. Applied Developmental Science, 19(4), 196-205. doi:10.1080/10888691. 2015.1014484
Weiler, L. M., Zarich, K., Haddock, S., Zimmerman, T., & Krafchick, J. (2014). A comprehensive model of mentor experiences: Perceptions, strategies, and outcomes. Journal of Community Psychology, 42, 593-608. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21640
Weiler, L. M., Zimmerman, T., Haddock, S., & Krafchick, J. (2014). Understanding the experience of mentor families in therapeutic youth mentoring. Journal of Community Psychology, 42, 80-98. doi: 10.1002/jcop.21595
Weiler, L. M., Haddock, S., Zimmerman, T., Krafchick, J., Henry, K., & Rudisill, S. (2013). Benefits derived by college students from mentoring at-risk youth in a service-learning course. American Journal of Community Psychology, 52, 236-248. doi: 10.1007/s10464-013-9589-z
Haddock, S., Weiler, L. M., Krafchick, J., Zimmerman, T., McLure, M., & Rudisill, S. (2013). Campus Connections Therapeutic Mentoring: Making a difference for mentors. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, 17, 225-256.
Thematic Research Areas