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Jamie Mitchell

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Jamie Mitchell

Jamie Mitchell is an assistant professor of social work and co-investigator of the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research. 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


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

Mitchell, J., Williams, E., Li, Y, & Tarraf, W. (2020). Identifying disparities in patient-centered care experiences between non-Latino white and black men: Results from the 2008-2016 Medical Expenditures Panel Survey. BMC Health Services Research, 20, 495.

Mitchell, J., Hawkins, J., Williams, E. G., Eggly, S., & Albrecht, T. L. (2019). Decoding the role of companions in supporting the health communication of older African American men with cancer. Journal of Patient Experience.

Cadet, T., Burke, S., Mitchell, J., Connor, K., & Nedjat-Haiem, F. (2019). Does perceived loneliness matter for diverse older men and their prostate specific antigen testing behaviors? Social Work Research, 3(1), S641.

Mitchell, J., Williams, E. D. G., Perry, R., & Lobo, K. (2019). "You have to be part of the process": A qualitative analysis of older African American men's primary care communication and participation. American Journal of Men's Health, 13(4).

Mitchell, J., Ober-Allen, J., & Perry, R. (2019). Men's health in later life: Diverse and intersecting contexts. The Handbook of Men's Health Disparities. Routledge Press.

Hawkins, J. & Mitchell, J. (2018). The doctor never listens: Older African American men's perceptions of patient-provider communication. Social Work Research, 42(1), 57-63.

Hawkins, J., Mitchell, J., Piatt, G., & Ellis, D. (2018). Older African American men’s perspectives on factors that influence Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) self-management and peer-led interventions. Geriatrics: Special Issue on Chronic Illness Self-Management, 3(3), 38.

Mouzon, D. M., Watkins, D. C., Perry, R., Simpson, T. M., & Mitchell, J. A. (2018). Intergenerational mobility and goal-striving stress among black Americans: The roles of ethnicity and nativity status. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 21(2), 393-400.

Hawkins, J., Watkins, D. C., Allen, J. O., & Mitchell, J. A. (2018). Identifying subgroups of Black, Hispanic and Asian men at increased risk for comorbid depression and overweight or obesity. Preventative Medicine Reports, 12, 268-270.

Perry, R., Mitchell, J., Hawkins, J., & Johnson-Lawrence, V. (2018). The role of age and multimorbidity in shaping older African American men's experiences with patient-provider communication. Geriatrics: Special Issue on Chronic Illness Self-Management, 3(4), 74.

Wharton, T., Watkins, D. C., Mitchell, J. A., & Kales, H. C. (2017). Older, church-going African-Americans’ attitudes and expectations about formal depression care. Research on Aging.

Mitchell, J., Johnson-Lawrence, V., Williams, E., & Thorpe, R. (2017). Characterizing mobility limitations among older African American men. Journal of the National Medical Association.

Hawkins, J. & Mitchell, J. (2017). Can social integration and social support help to explain racial disparities in health care utilization among men with diabetes? International Journal of Men’s Health, 16(1), 66-83.

Mitchell, J., Cadet, T., Burke, S., Williams, E. & Alvarez, D. (2017). The paradoxical impact of companionship on the mental health of older African American men. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.

Hawkins, J., & Mitchell, J. (2017). Social support and integration as mechanisms for better understanding the relationship between race and health care utilization among men. International Journal of Men's Health, 16(1), 66-83.

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.

Rodgers, C., Mitchell, J., Franta, G., Shires, D. & Foster, M. (2015). Masculinity, racism, social support, and colorectal cancer screening uptake among African American men: A systematic review. American Journal of Men's Health, 11(5), 1486-1500.

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.

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.

Watkins, D. C. Hawkins, J., & Mitchell, J. (2014). The discipline’s escalating whisper: Social work and black men’s mental health. Research on Social Work Practice.

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.

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., 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. (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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