University of Missouri - Saint Louis

The Graduate School


An oral examination in defense of the dissertation for the degree

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Lyndsey Havill
M.A., Psychology, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2008
B.A., Psychology, Purdue University, 2005

A longitudinal look at electronic mentoring relationships



Current advancements in information technology are increasingly impacting work relationships. Rapid technological changes have significant implications specifically for workplace mentoring because they may offer faster and more economical ways of building relationships. However, the e-mentoring literature is still evolving, and the extent to which e-mentoring parallels face-to-face mentoring is unknown. The purpose of this study was to investigate the development of mentoring functions over time and how the development varies depending on the amount and type of computer mediated communication. While career-support was greater at initial points in the relationship, psychosocial-support increased at a greater velocity for mentors. Bandwidth and % of face-to-face communication had no significant impact on mentoring functions. Result implications are discussed and directions for future research are proposed.


Date: August 16th, 2013

Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Place: 432 Stadler Hall


Defense of Dissertation Committee


Stephanie Merritt, Ph.D. (Advisor)

Ekin Pellegrini, Ph.D.


Alice Hall, Ph.D.

John Meriac, Ph.D.