Naida Silverthorn
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5853
Youth mentoring; self-esteem development; community- and school-based positive youth development programs; statistical methodology and analysis; program evaluation.
Courses Taught
Statistics and Research Methods II
Service Learning Capstone
Community Psychology
Child Psychology
Adolescent Psychology
Developmental Psychology
Seminar in Drug Abuse
Psychology of Personality
Survey of Psychology
Research Interests
Youth mentoring processes and outcomes; influences on positive youth development and adolescent self-esteem development.

Ph.D. University of Ottawa

B.A. Queen's University, Kingston, ON Canada

Selected Publications

Bavarian, N., Lewis, K. M., Holloway, S., Wong, L., Silverthorn, N., DuBois, D. L., Flay, B. R., & Siebert, C. (2022) Mechanisms of influence on youth substance use for a social-emotional and character development program: A theory-based approach. Substance Use & Misuse, 57(12), 1854-1863.

Lewis, K. M., Holloway, S. D., Bavarian, N., Silverthorn, N., DuBois, D. L., Flay, B., & Siebert, C. (2021). Effects of Positive Action in elementary school on student behavioral and social-emotional outcomes. The Elementary School Journal, 121(4).

Sánchez, B., Pryce, J., Silverthorn, N., Deane, K. L., & DuBois, D. L. (2019). Do mentor support for ethnic-racial identity and mentee cultural mistrust matter for girls of color? A preliminary investigation. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 25(4), 505-514.   

Silverthorn, N., DuBois, D. L., Lewis, K. M., Reed, A., Bavarian, N., Day, J., Ji, P., Acock, A. C., Vuchinich, S., & Flay, B. R. (2017). Effects of a school-based social-emotional and character development program on self-esteem levels and processes: A cluster-randomized controlled trial. SAGE Open, 7(3), 1-12.

Silverthorn, N., DuBois, D. L., & Crombie, G. (2005). Self-perceptions of ability and achievement across the high school transition: Investigation of a state-trait model. The Journal of Experimental Education, 73(3), 191-218.


Northeastern Illinois University
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625
United States

(773) 442-5853
Office Hours
Fall 2023
Monday: 10:15-11:15 a.m. at Main Campus
Tuesday and Friday: 9:30-11:00 a.m. via Zoom.
Main Campus