Amanda Mitchell

Amanda Mitchell

Assistant Professor
Department of Counseling and Human Development
Room 307 - College of Education
amanda.mitchell @

Dr. Mitchell's curriculum vitae [PDF]


  • Postdoctoral Researcher in Psychoneuroimmunology, Institute for Behavioral Medicine Research, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
  • Ph.D., Counseling Psychology, University of Louisville
  • M.Ed., Counseling Psychology, University of Louisville
  • B.S., Psychology, Grand Valley State University

Areas of Research

Dr. Mitchell directs the Social Inequities in Health lab, which is a research program that examines the relationship between socioeconomic position and health. Research projects conducted in the lab are influenced by interprofessional theoretical models, including those in counseling psychology, public health, and psychoneuroimmunology. These disciplines guide the lab’s conceptualization of socioeconomic health inequities and focus on specific study constructs. More information about the lab can be found here.

Areas of Teaching (or courses taught)

  • Individual Psychological Assessment I and II
  • Theories and Techniques of Counseling and Psychotherapy

Professional Memberships

  • American Psychological Association (APA), Divisions 17, 35, and 38
  • American Psychosomatic Society (APS)
  • Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society (PNIRS)

Selected Honors and Awards

  • 2017 Commonwealth Scholar, Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky (CIK), School of Public Health and Information Sciences, University of Louisville
  • 2016 Young Investigator Colloquium Scholar, American Psychosomatic Society
  • 2015 Outstanding Graduate Award, College of Education and Human Development, University of Louisville
  • 2015 Outstanding Student in Counseling Psychology Award, Department of Counseling and Human Development, University of Louisville
  • 2014 Intern Outreach Award, The University of Utah Counseling Center

Selected Publications

For a complete list of my published work, see MyBibliography or ResearchGate profile.

  • Mitchell, A. M., & Christian, L. M. (in press). Repetitive negative thinking, meaning in life, and serum cytokine levels in pregnant women: Varying effects by socioeconomic status. Journal of Behavioral Medicine.
  • Christian, L. M., Kowalsky, J. M., Mitchell, A. M., & Porter, K. (2018). Associations of postpartum sleep, stress, and depressive symptoms with LPS-stimulated cytokine production among African American and White women. Journal of Neuroimmunology, 316, 98-106.
  • Mitchell, A. M., Porter, K., & Christian, L. M. (2018). Examination of the role of obesity in the association between childhood trauma and inflammation during pregnancy. Health Psychology, 37, 114-124.
  • Mitchell, A. M., Kowalsky, J. M., Epel, E. S., Lin, J., & Christian, L. M. (2018). Childhood adversity, social support, and telomere length among perinatal women. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 87, 43-52.
  • Mitchell, A. M., & Pössel, P. (2017). Repetitive negative thinking: The link between caregiver burden and depressive symptoms. Oncology Nursing Forum, 44, 210-216.
  • Mitchell, A. M., & Christian, L. M. (2017). Financial strain to birth weight: The mediating role of psychological distress. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 20, 201-208.
  • Christian, L. M., Mitchell, A. M., Gillespie, S. L., & Palettas, M. (2016). Serum brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) across pregnancy and postpartum: Associations with race, depressive symptoms, and low birth weight. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 74, 69-76.
  • Mitchell, A.M., Owen, J., Adelson, J., France, T., Inch, L., & Bergen, C. (2015). The influence of dyadic coping in relationship education for lower income racial/ethnic minority couples. Journal of Family Therapy, 37, 492-508.