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Karen S. Mitchell, PhD


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Karen S. Mitchell, PhD

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Clinical Research Psychologist

Women's Health Sciences Division

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Academic Affiliation

  • Boston University School of Medicine, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


  • Louis Stokes Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Predoctoral Internship, 2009
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Counseling Psychology, PhD, 2009
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Counseling Psychology, MS, 2005
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, Psychology, BS, 2002

Expertise and Interests

  • Comorbidity of eating disorders, obesity, and PTSD
  • Etiology and prevention of eating disorders, obesity, and PTSD, particularly regarding the interplay of genetic and environmental factors
  • Statistical genetics, including novel approaches to gene association and network analysis
  • Quantitative methodology, particularly structural equation modeling and hierarchical linear modeling
  • Complementary and alternative treatment approaches to PTSD and eating disorders

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Academy for Eating Disorders

Awards and Honors

  • Kenneth S. Kendler Award for Excellence in Predoctoral Studies, Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics
  • Counseling Psychology Student of the Year, Virginia Commonwealth University

Selected Publications

Mitchell, K.S., Rasmusson, A.M., Bartlett, B., & Gerber, M.R. (2014). Eating disorders and associated mental health comorbidities in a sample of female veterans. Psychiatry Research, 219, 589-591. PILOTS ID: 43499

Mitchell, K.S., Wolf, E.J., Reardon, A.F., & Miller, M.W. (2014). Association of eating disorder symptoms with internalizing and externalizing dimensions of psychopathology. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 47, 860-869.

Mitchell, K.S., Dick, A.M., DiMartino, D.M., Smith, B.N., Niles, B., Koenen, K.C., & Street, A. (2014). A pilot study of a randomized controlled trial of yoga for PTSD symptoms in women. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 27, 121-128. PILOTS ID: 42064

Mitchell, K.S., Aiello, A., Galea, S., Uddin, M., Wildman, D., & Koenen, K.C. (2013). PTSD and obesity in the Detroit Neighborhood Health Study. General Hospital Psychiatry, 35, 671-673. PILOTS ID: 41227

Mitchell, K.S., Mazzeo, S.E., Schlesinger, M.R., Brewerton, T.D., & Smith, B.N. (2012). Comorbidity of partial and subthreshold PTSD among men and women with eating disorders in the National Comorbidity Survey-Replication study. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 45, 307-315. PILOTS ID: 37450

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