A photo of Monica Mitchell.

Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Senior Director, Community Relations

Co-director, Innovations

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



Biography & Affiliation


Monica Mitchell, PhD, received her doctorate from Vanderbilt University in 1998, and completed her residency and postdoctoral fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in 1998 and 2001 respectively. During her postdoctoral fellowship, she completed a supplement grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to examine family variables related to nutritional intake and mealtime behavior problems.

In 2001, Dr. Mitchell received a K01 grant to examine nutritional status and depression in children with sickle cell disease. This study was part of a five-year K01 career development grant she received from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) that involves assessing growth, development and behavioral functioning in children with sickle cell disease.

Dr. Mitchell has published more than 20 articles, including in the Journal of Pediatric Psychology, Headache, Diabetes Care and Pediatrics. Dr. Mitchell has also served on the Journal of Pediatric Psychology's Editorial Board since 2005, and is past chair of the Diversity Committee of the Society of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54 of the American Psychological Association). Most recently, she was appointed to a three year term to the Committee on Youth, Children and Families for APA.

Clinical Interests

Health disparities; sickle cell disease; obesity; community-based research; school-based mental health; qualitative research methods; using technology in psychological interventions and program evaluation; public policy

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Research Divisions

Clinical Psychology


PhD: Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN, 1999.

Predoctoral Internship: Pediatric/Child Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 1998.

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Division of Psychology, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, 2001.


A Combined Reach Out and Read and Imagination Library Program on Kindergarten Readiness. Szumlas, GA; Petronio, P; Mitchell, MJ; Johnson, AJ; Henry, TR; DeWitt, TG. Pediatrics. 2021; 147.

A mixed-methods analysis examining child and family needs following early brain injury. Miley, AE; Fisher, AP; Moscato, EL; Culp, A; Mitchell, MJ; Hindert, KC; Makoroff, KL; Rhine, TD; Wade, SL. Disability and Rehabilitation. 2021; 1-12.

The Teen Symposium: Engaging Adolescents and Young Adults With Sickle Cell Disease in Clinical Care and Research. Crosby, LE; Strong, H; Johnson, A; Mitchell, MJ. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2020; 8:139-149.

P72 Impact of a Community Cooking Program on Self-Efficacy and Usage of Healthy Foods. Rebitski, J; Stoneham, J; Gomes, SM; Crosby, LE; Mitchell, MJ. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2019; 51:s64-s65.

Patient Perspectives on Gene Transfer Therapy for Sickle Cell Disease. Strong, H; Mitchell, MJ; Goldstein-Leever, A; Shook, L; Malik, P; Crosby, LE. Advances in Therapy. 2017; 34:2007-2021.

Society of Pediatric Psychology Diversity Award: Training Underrepresented Minority Students in Psychology. Mitchell, MJ; Crosby, LE. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology. 2016; 4:349-357.