Kimberly J. Mitchell, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor
Kimberly J. Mitchell is a research assistant professor of Psychology at the Crimes against Children Research Center (CCRC), located at the University of New Hampshire. Her areas of research include youth Internet victimization, juvenile prostitution, and child abduction. She has directed and/or co-directed several projects including the First and Second Youth Internet Safety Studies, the Survey of Internet Mental Health Issues, the National Juvenile Online Victimization Study, and the National Juvenile Prostitution Study. She is the author of several peer-reviewed papers in her field and has spoken at numerous national conferences.
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 American Psychological Association (APA), the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC), and the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect (ISPCAN). Dr. Mitchell also reviews manuscripts for several peer-reviewed journals including Child Abuse & Neglect, Developmental Psychology, Crime and Justice Research, the Journal of Forensic Psychology Practice, the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and the Journal of Family Communication.
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-doctoral fellowship with David Finkelhor at the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. During that time, her work focused on youth Internet victimization and exposure to violence.