Amanda Mitchell

Amanda Mitchell

Assistant Professor
Department of Counseling and Human Development
Room 307 - College of Education
502-852-5716
amanda.mitchell @ louisville.edu

Dr. Mitchell's curriculum vitae [PDF]

Education

  • 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 Socioeconomic Position and Health Pathways (SCOPA) lab, a research program that examines the link between socioeconomic position and health. Research projects conducted by SCOPA are influenced by theoretical models in counseling psychology and psychoneuroimmunology (PNI)--a field that bridges multiple disciplines, including psychology, immunology, and endocrinology. These two disciplines guide SCOPA's conceptualization of socioeconomic health inequities and interest in biological pathways (e.g., immune functioning) that contribute to the relationship between socioeconomic position and health. The long-term research goal of SCOPA is to identify and hone psychological interventions that target key intrapersonal (e.g., repetitive negative thinking, mindfulness) and interpersonal (e.g., social support, dyadic coping) factors that will enhance biological functioning and in turn, reduce the incidence of health conditions in adults and children experiencing chronic stress related to socioeconomic position. Alongside addressing systemic barriers, these potential targets of intervention will be important in providing meaningful support to adults and children experiencing socioeconomic position-related stress.

Key objectives associated with SCOPA:

  • Objective 1: Examine biological pathways that link socioeconomic position with adverse health outcomes.
  • Objective 2: Identify intrapersonal and interpersonal strategies that modify the socioeconomic position-health link.
  • Objective 3: Identify and apply culturally attuned approaches to assessing health.

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. (under review). Psychological factors moderate the link between socioeconomic status and serum inflammatory markers in pregnant women.
  • 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., 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., & 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.