Julia Pryce earned a Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Chicago. Her research focus is on positive youth development and the role of non-parental adults in the lives of children living in risk. Her research includes work with young people within domestic and international contexts, and incorporates attention to system-involved youth (particularly child welfare) as well as those living in under-resourced, urban environments. Dr. Pryce had published more than twenty articles focused on the nature and impact of mentoring relationships, and is recognized at a national and international level for her work, serving as an invited and ongoing member of the Research Board of the National Mentoring Resource Center (NMRC) and as a presenter at the National Mentoring Summit twice in the last five years. Her research has been funded by the Department of Health & Human Services and the Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention. Beyond these accomplishments, she is a social worker committed to the values of the profession, including social justice and advocacy, and her research is driven by the questions of practitioners working with youth and the adults that aim to empower them.