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Monica Mitchell, PhD

  • Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
  • Senior Director, Community Relations
  • Co-director, Innovations
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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.

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.


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

Research Areas

Clinical Psychology, Behavioral Medicine


Evaluation of a Community COVID-19 Vaccine Ambassador Train-the-Trainer Program. Corley, AM S; Gomes, SM; Martin, KJ; Watkins, S; Lindsey, K; Frenck, RW; Mitchell, MJ; Rule, AR L; Crosby, LE. Journal of Immigrant Health. 2023; 25:1302-1306.

A Framework for Pursuing Child Health Equity in Pediatric Practice. Kahn, RS; Cheng, TL; Mitchell, MJ. Pediatric Clinics of North America. 2023; 70:629-638.

Partnering with Families and Communities to Improve Child Health and Health Equity. Mitchell, MJ; Riley, C; Crosby, LE. Pediatric Clinics of North America. 2023; 70:683-693.

Achieving Child Health Equity. Cheng, TL; Mitchell, MJ; Kahn, RS. Pediatric Clinics of North America. 2023; 70:xvii-xix.

A systematic review examining caregivers' of color experiences with the diagnostic process of autism spectrum disorder. Fisher, AP; Lynch, JD; Jacquez, FM; Mitchell, MJ; Kamimura-Nishimura, KI; Wade, SL. Autism: the international journal of research and practice. 2023; 27:876-889.

Overcoming Vaccine Hesitancy Using Community-Based Efforts. Crosby, LE; Real, FJ; Cunnigham, J; Mitchell, M. Pediatric Clinics of North America. 2023; 70:359-370.

Partnering With Faith-Based Organizations to Offer Flu Vaccination and Other Preventive Services. Corley, AM S; Gomes, SM; Crosby, LE; Hopkins, M; Cranley, D; Lynch, B; Mitchell, M. Pediatrics. 2022; 150:e2022056193.

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. 2022; 44:3566-3576.

Healthy measures: Feasibility study of a moderate carbohydrate weight management intervention. Leslie, JL; Odar Stough, C; Lee, SY; Mitchell, MJ; Kalarchian, M. Public Health Nursing. 2021; 38:1126-1130.

Attitudes About COVID-19 and Health (ATTACH): Online Survey and Mixed Methods Study. Hood, AM; Stotesbury, H; Murphy, J; Kölbel, M; Slee, A; Springall, C; Paradis, M; Corral-Frías, NS; Reyes-Aguilar, A; Cuellar Barboza, AB; et al. JMIR Mental Health. 2021; 8:e29963.

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