Kimberly J. Mitchell, Ph.D. is a Research Associate Professor of Psychology at the Crimes against Children Research Center (CCRC), located at the University of New Hampshire. Her areas of research broadly include youth violence exposure with particular expertise in the risks and benefits of youth technology use, self-directed violence, and violence prevention with a growing focus on specific understudied populations of youth including those residing in low socioeconomic status households and poly-victimized youth. Understanding and negotiating complex ethical issues that are inherent in studies of sensitive issues, like child victimization, is a specialty of Dr. Mitchell’s.
In her 15 years of experience she has been Principal- or co-Investigator on several NIJ, OJJDP, and NIH-funded grants involving large epidemiological studies about children’s exposure to violence and victimization with particular emphasis on the role of technology in such experiences. Dr. Mitchell has produced over 80 peer-reviewed publications from her work on these and other projects.
Dr. Mitchell is the 2005 recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Early Career Award for Outstanding Contributions to Research in the Field of Child Maltreatment. She is a member of the several national professional organizations including the American Psychological Association. Dr. Mitchell also reviews manuscripts for several peer-reviewed journals including Pediatrics, Journal of Adolescent Health, Psychology of Violence, Child Abuse & Neglect, and others.
Dr. Mitchell received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from the University of Rhode Island in December of 1998 under the mentorship of Dr. Lisa Harlow. Her graduate research focused on women’s health, family violence, and quantitative methods. Specifically, she was involved in the Women’s Health and Lifestyle Study which was a longitudinal study that examined HIV-risk in a sample of community and college women. She was also involved in research conducted at the Women’s Facility at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections that studied the impact of program participation on breaking the cycle of recidivism. In January of 1999 she began a two-year post-doctorate fellowship at the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire with David Finkelhor about youth internet safety.