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Colter Mitchell

Faculty Research Fellow, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research.

Faculty Associate, Population Studies Center.

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Dr. Mitchell’s research focuses on the causes and consequences of family formation behavior. He examines how social context such as neighborhood resources and values influence family processes and how those processes interplay with an individual’s genetic and epigenetic makeup to influence behavior, wellbeing, and health. His research also includes the development of new methods for integrating the collection and analysis of biological and social data.

Recent Publications

Journal Articles

Mitchell, Colter, John Hobcraft, Sara McLanahan, Susan Rutherford Siegel, Arthur Berg, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Irwin Garfinkel, and Daniel Notterman. 2014. "Social disadvantage, genetic sensitivity, and children’s telomere length." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(16): 5944-5949. PMCID: PMC4000782. DOI. Abstract.

Mitchell, Colter, Sara McLanahan, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Irwin Garfinkel, John Hobcraft, and Daniel Notterman. 2013. "Genetic Differential Sensitivity to Social Environments: Implications for Research." American Journal of Public Health, 103(Supp 1): 102-110. PMCID: PMC4012542. DOI. Abstract.

Falk, Emily, Luke Hyde, Colter Mitchell, Jessica Faul, Richard Gonzalez, Mary Heitzeg, Daniel Keating, Kenneth M. Langa, Meghan Martz, Julie Maslowsky, Frederick Morrison, Douglas Noll, Megan Patrick, Fabian T. Pfeffer, Patricia Reuter-Lorenz, Moriah Thomason, Pamela Davis-Kean, Christopher Monk, and John E. Schulenberg. 2013. "What is a representative brain? Neuroscience meets population science." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 110(44): 17615–17622. PMCID: PMC3816464. DOI. Abstract.

Thornton, Arland, Georgina Binstock, Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi, Dirgha Ghimire, Arjan Gjonca, Attila Melegh, Colter Mitchell, Mansoor Moaddel, Yu Xie, Li-Shou Yang, Linda Young-DeMarco, and Kathryn Yount. 2012. "Knowledge and Beliefs about National Development and Developmental Hierarchies: the Viewpoints of Ordinary People in Thirteen Countries." Social Science Research, 41(5): 1053-1068. PMCID: PMC3462366. DOI. Abstract.

Heaton, Tim B., and Colter Mitchell. 2012. "Changing Intergroup Boundaries in Brazilian Marriages: 1991-2008." Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 43(4): 461-482. PMCID: PMC3768282.

Thornton, Arland, Dirgha Ghimire, and Colter Mitchell. 2012. "The measurement and prevalence of an ideational model of family and economic development in Nepal." Population Studies, 66(3): 329-345. PMCID: PMC3505987. DOI. Abstract.

Mitchell, Colter, Daniel Notterman, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, John Hobcraft, Irwin Grarfinkel, Kate Jaeger, Iulia Kotenko, and Sara McLanahan. 2011. "The Role of Mother’s Genes and Environment on Postpartum Depression." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108(20): 8189-8193. PMCID: PMC3100926. DOI.

Mitchell, Colter. 2010. "Are Divorce Studies Trustworthy? The Effects of Survey Nonresponse and Response Errors." Journal of Marriage and the Family, 72(4): 893-905. PMCID: PMC3319113. DOI. Abstract.

Mitchell, Colter, X. Fu, T. Heaton, and C. Jacobson. 2010. "Urbanization, Education and Racial Intermarriage in Brazil." International Journal of Contemporary Sociology, 47(2): 273-294. PMCID: PMC3775502.

Chapters

Axinn, William, Amie Emens, and Colter Mitchell. 2008. "Ideational influences on family change in the United States." In International Family Change: ideational perspectives edited by Rukmalie Jayakody; Arland Thornton; William G Axinn. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum.

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