Monica Mitchell, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist, Research, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Senior Director, Community Relations

Co-director, Innovations

Academic Affiliations

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-4336

Fax 513-636-7756



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

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.

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Hines J, Crosby L, Harris A, Davis O, Mitchell M. Youth Engagement in Sickle Cell Disease Community Education. Health Behavior and Education. 2011.

Crosby L, Modi A, Mitchell M, Lemanek K, Kalinyak K. Adherence to clinic visits in adolescents with sickle cell disease. J Hem Onc. 2011.

Hines J, Mitchell M, Crosby L, Johnson A, Valenzuela J, Kalinyak K, Joiner C. Engaging Patients with Sickle Cell Disease and their Families in Disease Education, Research, and Community Awareness. J Prev Interv Comm. 2011.

Valenzuela J, Jacquez F, Pendery R, Niemes L, Huddleston D, Mitchell M. The Impact of a Community-based Activity and Nutrition Program for Children. J Prev Interv Comm. 2011.

Lynch J, Mitchell M. Community Engagement and the Ethics of Global, Translational Research: A Response to Sofaer and Eyal. Am J Bioeth. 2010 Aug;10(8):37-8. 

Roberts Y, Mitchell M, Witman M, Taffarro C. Mental Health Symptoms in Youth Affected by Hurricane Katrina. Professional Psychology Research and Practice. 2010 Feb;41(1):10-18.

Herzer M, Godiwala N, Hommel KA, Driscoll K, Mitchell M, Crosby LE, Piazza-Waggoner C, Zeller MH, Modi AC. Family functioning in the context of pediatric chronic conditions. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2010 Jan;31(1):26-34.

McGrady ME, Mitchell MJ, Theodore SN, Sersion B, Holtzapple E. Preschool Participation and BMI at Kindergarten Entry: The Case for Early Behavioral Intervention. J Obes. 2010;2010. pii: 360407.

Mitchell MJ, Carpenter GJ, Crosby LE, Bishop CT, Hines J, Noll J. Growth status in children and adolescents with sickle cell disease. Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2009 Jun;26(4):202-15.

Mitchell MJ, Piazza-Waggoner C, Modi A. Assessing Stability in Family Functioning in Cystic Fibrosis and Normative Samples Using the Mealtime Interaction Coding System. J Ped Psych. 2009;34(1):63-68.