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

My research agenda examines the link between chronic stress and physical health, with an emphasis on cognitive (e.g., repetitive negative thinking, mindfulness) and relational factors (e.g., social support, dyadic coping) that affect this relationship. Research projects that I conduct are heavily influenced by my training in counseling psychology and psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) - a field that bridges multiple disciplines, including psychology, immunology, and endocrinology. In particular, these fields guide my focus on specific experiences of stress (e.g., low socioeconomic status, informal caregiving, discrimination) and biological pathways (e.g., immune functioning). My long-term research goal is to identify and hone psychological interventions that target cognitive and relational factors to improve biological functioning and in turn, reduce the incidence of health conditions in people experiencing chronic stress.

Areas of Teaching (or courses taught)

  • Psychological Assessment

Professional Memberships

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

Honors and Awards

  • 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., Kowalsky, J. M., Epel, E. S., Lin, J., & Christian, L. M. (under review). Childhood adversity, social support, and telomere length among perinatal women.
  • 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., & Christian, L. M. (in press). Examination of the role of obesity in the association between childhood trauma and inflammation during pregnancy. Health Psychology.
  • 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.
  • Mitchell, A. M., Pössel, P., Van Voorhees, B. W., & Eaton, W. W. (in press). Associations of depression status and hopelessness with breast cancer: A 24 year follow-up study. Journal of Health Psychology. Advanced online publication. doi: 10.1177/1359105315626998
  • 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