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Colter Mitchell

Faculty Associate, Population Studies Center.

Research Assistant Professor, Family Demography, Institute for Social Research.

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

Wiggens, Jillian Lee, Colter Mitchell, Luke W. Hyde, and Christopher S. Monk. Online Access 2015. "Identifying early pathways of risk and resilience: The codevelopment of internalizing and externalizing symptoms and the role of harsh parenting." Development and Psychopathology, . DOI. Abstract.

Mitchell, Colter, Sara McLanahan, Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Irwin Garfinkel, and Daniel Notterman. 2015. "Family Structure Instability, Genetic Sensitivity, and Child Well-Being." American Journal of Sociology, 120(4): 1195-1225. DOI. Abstract.

Wiggens, Jillian Lee, Colter Mitchell, Argyris Stringaris, and Ellen Leibenluft. 2014. "Developmental Trajectories of Irritability and Bidirectional Associations With Maternal Depression." Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 53(11): 1191-1205. PMCID: PMC4254549. DOI. Abstract.

Lewandowski-Romps, L., C. Peterson, P. Berglund, S. Collins, K. Cox, K. Hauret, B. Jones, R. Kessler, Colter Mitchell, N. Park, Michael Schoenbaum, M. Stein, R. Ursano, Steven Heeringa, and R. Army Study Assess Risk. 2014. "Risk Factors for Accident Death in the US Army, 2004-2009." American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 47(6): 745-753. PMCID: PMC4254526. DOI. Abstract.

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.

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