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Jamie Mitchell

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Jamie Mitchell is an assistant professor of social work and co-director of the Gender and Health Research Lab at the University of Michigan. Her interdisciplinary research examines the mechanisms that patient-centered communication between older African American men and their physicians during the course of cancer and chronic disease care. She tests ways of intervening to increase family and health provider social support while examining how African American men navigate and express their psychosocial needs during medical visits. Currently, Mitchell is funded by the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, to investigate how African American men and their physicians accommodate each other’s communications styles during medical encounters, in addition to evaluating how active patient participation and family involvement influence the health communication dynamic.

Research Interests/Focus

African American men's health; cancer health disparities, patient-provider communication; psychosocial well-being and family support; social determinants of health

Education

Year Degree   School
2010 PhD Social Work Ohio State University, Columbus
2007 MSW Social Work University of Tennessee, Memphis
2005 BA Psychology Ohio State University, Columbus

Rodgers, C., Mitchell, J., Franta, G., Shires, D. & Foster, M. (in press). Masculinity, racism, social support, and colorectal cancer screening uptake among African American men: A systematic review. American Journal of Men's Health.

Jefferson, O., Watkins, D., & Mitchell, J. (2016). The retrospective roles of black women in the coddling of black boys. Journal of Cultural and Ethnic Diversity in Social Work, 25(3), 173-192.

Mitchell, J., Watkins, D. C., J. & Shires, D., Chapman, R., & Burnett, J. (2015). Clues to the blues: predictors of self-reported mental and emotional health among older African American men. American Journal of Men's Health.

Watkins, D. C., Wharton, T., Mitchell, J. A., Matusko, N., & Kales, H. (2015). Perceptions and receptivity of non-spousal family support: A mixed methods study of psychological distress among older, church-going African American men. Journal of Mixed Methods Research.

Thompson, T., Mitchell, J., Johnson-Lawrence, V., Watkins, D. & Modlin, C. (2015). Self-rated health and health care access associated with African American men's health self-efficacy. American Journal of Men's Health.

Tucker-Seeley, R., Mitchell, J., Shires, D., & Modlin, C. (2015). Financial hardship, unmet medical need, and health self-efficacy among African American men. Health Education and Behavior, 42(3), 285-292.

Mitchell, J., Manning, M., Shires, D., Chapman, R. & Burnett, J. (2015). Fatalistic beliefs about cancer prevention among older African American men. Research on Aging, 37(6), 606-622.

Watkins, D. C., Hawkins, J., & Mitchell, J. A. (2015). The discipline's escalating whisper: Social work and black men's mental health. Research on Social Work Practice, 25(2), 240-250.

Mitchell, J., Shires, D., Thompson, H., Watkins, D. C., & Modlin, C. (2014). Disparities in health-related internet use among African American Men, 2010. Preventing Chronic Disease, 11, E43-48.

Mitchell, J., Hawkins, J. & Shires, D. (2014). Current approaches to support the psychosocial care of African American adults with diabetes: a brief review. Social Work in Public Health, 29(6), 518-527.

Thompson, H., Shelton, R., Mitchell, J., Eaton, T., Valera, P., & Katz, A. (2014). Inclusion of underserved racial and ethnic groups in cancer intervention research using new media: A Systematic literature review. Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs, 47, 216-223.

Mitchell, J., Hawkins, J., & Watkins, D. C. (2013). Factors associated with cancer family history communication between African American men and their relatives. Journal of Men's Studies, 21(2), 97-111.

Mitchell, J., Watkins, D. C., & Modlin, C. (2013). Social determinants associated with colorectal cancer screening in an urban community sample of African American men. Journal of Men's Health, 10(1), 14-21.

Mitchell, J. (2013). Social epidemiology: A Tool for examining prostate cancer early detection decision-making among African American men. Social Work in Public Health, 28(7), 652-659.

Mitchell, J. (2012). Integrating education on addressing health disparities into the social work curriculum. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 32(5), 1-17.

Mitchell, J. (2011). Examining the influence of social ecological factors on prostate cancer screening in urban African American men. Social Work in Health Care, 50(8), 1-17.

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