Social Inequality and Telomere Length in Fragile Families (PSC Initiatives)
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.
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.
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, 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.
Thornton, Arland, Georgina Binstock, Mohammad Jalal Abbasi-Shavazi, Dirgha Ghimire, Arjan Gjonca, Attila Melegh, Colter Mitchell, Yu Xie, Li-Shou Yang, Linda Young-DeMarco, and Kathryn Yount. 2010. "Knowledge and Beliefs of Ordinary People about Developmental Hierarchies." PSC Research Report No. 10-715. July 2010. Abstract. PDF.