Social Research Center

Research Staff

Shannon Gwin Mitchell

Mary Moser Mitchell
Assistant Research Scientist

Degrees: Ph.D. Public & Community Health from University of Maryland, College Park
M.A., Communications, University of Pennsylvania
Phone: 410-837-3977 ext. 268
Fax: 410-752-4218

Research Interests

Dr. Mitchell is a public health research scientist with a focus on the role of caregivers of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) and the ways in which caregivers can influence the health behaviors of their care recipients, especially among those from vulnerable populations, with a focus on individuals who use illicit drugs.  Dr. Mitchell has over a decade's experience conducting data analysis in social and behavioral descriptive and intervention research, on a broad range of health topics and study populations.  In addition to her training and research experience in social factors, drug abuse, HIV, and communications, she has extensive experience in statistical approaches to analyzing psychosocial data, such as factor analyses, latent class analyses, structural equation modeling, latent growth models, and other latent variable techniques.  Dr. Mitchell also has experience with protective social environmental influences on experiences of stress and related psychosocial outcomes, including effects of military unit cohesion on soldiers' psychiatric outcomes of military service, and effects of school climate on children's psychosocial functioning.  She is also a reviewer for AIDS & Behavior, AIDS Care, and Journal of Loss and Trauma, in addition to an editorial board member for AIDS Patient Care & STDs.

Selected Publications

Mitchell, M.M., Isenberg, S.R., Maragh-Bass, A.C., Knowlton, A.R. (in press). Chronic Pain Predicting Reciprocity of Support among Vulnerable, Predominantly African-American Persons Living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS & Behavior.

Denison, J., Mitchell, M.M., Maraugh-Bass, A.C., Knowlton, A.R. (in press). Caregivers' support network characteristics associated with viral suppression among HIV care recipients. AIDS & Behavior.

Hansen, E. D., Mitchell, M. M., Smith, T., Hutton, N., Keruly, J., & Knowlton, A. R. (2017). Chronic pain, patient-physician engagement, and family communication associated with drug-using HIV patients' discussing advanced care planning with their hysicians. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.

Maragh-Bass, A.C., Zhao, Y., Isenberg, S.R., Mitchell, M.M., Knowlton, A.R. (2017). Have you talked about it: Advance Care Planning among African Americans living with HIV in Baltimore. Journal of Urban Health, doi: 10.1007/s11524-017-0157-y.

Mitchell, M.M., Nguyen, T.Q., Maragh-Bass, A.C., Isenberg, S.R., Beach, M.C., Knowlton, A.R. (2017). Patient-provider engagement and chronic pain in drug-using, primarily African American persons living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS & Behavior, 21(6), 1768-1774.

Mitchell, M.M., Nguyen, T.Q., Isenberg S.R., Maragh-Bass, A.C., Keruly, J., & Knowlton, A.R. (2017). Psychosocial and Service Use Correlates of Health-Related Quality of Life among a vulnerable population living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS & Behavior, 21(6), 1580-1587.

Mitchell, M.M., Maragh-Bass, A.C., Nguyen, T.Q., Isenberg, S., & Knowlton, A.R. (2016). The Role of Chronic Pain and Current Substance Use In Predicting Negative Social Support Among Disadvantaged Persons Living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS Care, 1280-1286.

Mallick, L. M.; Mitchell, M. M.; Millikan-Bell, A., & Gallaway, S.M. (2016).  Small Unit Leader Perceptions of Managing Soldier Behavioral Health and Associated Factors. Military Psychology, 28(3), 147-161.

Mitchell, M.M., Robinson, A.C., Nguyen, T.Q., & Knowlton, A.R. (2015).  Latent Growth Curve Analyses of Emotional Support for Informal Caregivers of Vulnerable Persons with HIV/AIDS.  AIDS Care, 27(9), 1108-1111.

Knowlton, A.R., Nguyen, T.Q., Robinson, A.C., Harrell, P.T., & Mitchell, M.M.  (2015). Pain symptoms associated with opioid use among vulnerable persons with HIV: An exploratory study with implications for palliative care and opioid abuse prevention. Journal of Palliative Care, 31(4), 328-335.

Mitchell, M.M., Robinson, A.C., Nguyen, T.Q., & Knowlton, A.R. (2015). Informal Caregiver Characteristics Associated With Viral Load Suppression among Current or Former Drug Users Living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS & Behavior, 19(11), 2117-2122.

Knowlton, A.R., Mitchell, M.M., Robinson, A.C., Nguyen, T.Q, Isenberg, S., Denison, J. (2015).  Informal HIV caregiver proxy reports of care recipients' treatment adherence: Relationship factors associated with concordance with recipients' viral suppression. AIDS & Behavior, 19(11), 2123-2129.

Mitchell, M.M., Robinson, A.C., Nguyen, T.Q., Smith, T.J., & Knowlton, A.R. (2014). Preferences for professional versus informal care at end of life amongst African-American drug users with HIV/AIDS. AIDS Care, 8, 1-5.

Mitchell, M.M., Robinson, A.C., Wolff, J., & Knowlton, A.R. (2014). Perceived Mental Health Status of Injection Drug Users Living with HIV/AIDS: Concordance between Informal HIV Caregivers and Care Recipient Self-Reports and Associations with Caregiving Burden and Reciprocity. AIDS & Behavior, 18(6), 1103-1113.

Gallaway, M.S., Mitchell, M., Fink, D.S., Forys-Donahue, K., Pecko, J., Bell, M.R., & Millikan, A.M. (2014). Combat exposure factors associated with the likelihood of behavioral and psychiatric issues. Military Psychology, 2, 138-146.

Mitchell, M.M., Bradshaw, C., & Leaf, P. (2013). Examining Classroom Influences on Student Perceptions of School Climate: The Role of Classroom Management and Exclusionary Discipline Strategies. Journal of School Psychology, 51(5), 599-610.

Gallaway, M.S., Fink, D.S., Millikan, A.M., Mitchell, M.M., & Bell, M.R. (2013).  The Association between Cumulative Combat Exposures and Behavioral and Social Issues. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 18(5), 383-395.

Mitchell, M.M., Gallaway, M.S., Millikan, A.M., & Bell, M.R. (2013). Combat Exposure, Social Support, and Demographic Characteristics of Soldiers Reporting Posttraumatic Growth. Journal of Loss and Trauma,18(5), 383-395 .

Mitchell, M.M., Gallaway, M.S., Millikan, A.M., & Bell, M.R. (2012). Interaction of Combat Exposure and Unit Cohesion in Predicting Suicide-Related Ideations among Post- Deployment Soldiers. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 42(5), 486-494.

Mitchell, M.M., & Knowlton, A. (2012). Caregiver Role Overload and Network Support among Predominantly African-American and Low Income Caregivers of Persons Living with HIV/AIDS: A Structural Equation Modeling Analysis. AIDS & Behavior, 16(2), 278-287.

Mitchell, M.M., Gallaway, M.S., Millikan, A.M., & Bell, M.R. (2011). Effects of Combat Exposure and Experiences on Unit Cohesion and Perceived Stress among Previously Deployed Army Personnel. Military Psychology, 23(6), 573-586.

Pas, E.T., Bradshaw, C.P., Mitchell, M.M., & Leaf, P.J. (2011). Examining the Validity of Office Discipline Referrals As an Indicator of Student Behavior Problems.  Psychology in the Schools, 48(6), 541-555.

Mitchell, M.M., Bradshaw, C. P., & Leaf, P. J. (2010). Student and Teacher Perceptions of School Climate: A Multilevel Exploration of Patterns of Discrepancy. Journal of School Health, 80(6), 271-279.

Bradshaw, C. P., Mitchell, M.M., & Leaf, P. J. (2010). Examining the effects of School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports on student outcomes: Results from a randomized controlled effectiveness trial in elementary schools. Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions,12,133-148.

Bradshaw, C. P., Mitchell, M. M., O'Brennan, L. M. & Leaf, P. J. (2010). Multilevel exploration of factors contributing to the overrepresentation of African American students in office disciplinary referrals. Journal of Educational Psychology, 102(2), 508-520.

Severtson, S.G., Mitchell, M.M., Hubert, A., Latimer, W.W. (2010). The relationship between performance on the Shipley Institute of Living Scale (SILS) and Hepatitis C infection among active injection drug users in Baltimore, Maryland. American Journal of Drug & Alcohol Abuse, 36(1), 61-65.

Mitchell, M.M., & Knowlton, A. (2009). Stigma, disclosure, and depression among caregivers of HIV positive individuals. AIDS Patient Care & STDs, 23(8), 611-617.

Mitchell, M.M.,  & Latimer, W.W.  (2009). Gender differences in high risk sexual behaviors and injection practices associated with perceived HIV risk among injection drug users.  AIDS Education & Prevention, 21(4), 384-394.

Severtson, S.G., Mitchell, M.M., Mancha, B., Latimer, W.W. (2009). The association between planning abilities and sharing injection drug use equipment among injection drug users in Baltimore, MD. Journal of Substance Use, 14(5), 325-333.

Mitchell, M.M. & Latimer, W.W. (2009). Unprotected casual sex and perceived riskof contracting HIV among drug users in Baltimore, Maryland: Evaluating the influence of non-injection versus injection drug use status. AIDS Care, 2(21), 221-230.

Gyarmathy V.A., Neaigus A., Mitchell M.M., & Ujhelyi E. (2009). The association of syringe type and syringe cleaning with HCV infection among IDUs in Budapest, Hungary. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 100(3), 240-247.

Mitchell, M.M., Severtson, S.G., & Latimer, W.W. (2008). Pregnancy and race/ethnicity as predictors of readiness for drug treatment. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 34(4), 397-404.

Mitchell, M.M., Severtson, S.G., & Latimer, W.W. (2007). Interaction of cognitive performance and knowing someone who has died from AIDS. AIDS Education & Prevention, 19(4), 289-298.

Latimer, W.W., Moleko, A.G., Melnikov, A., Mitchell, M.M., Severtson, S.G., von Thomsen, S., Graham, C., Alama, D., & Floyd, L. (2007). Prevalence and correlates of hepatitis A among non-injection and injection drug users: The significance of incarceration and race/ethnicity. Vaccine, 25(41), 7125-7135.

Lee, H, Brown, S.L., Mitchell, M.M., & Schiraldi, G.R. (2007).  Correlates of resilience in the face of adversity for Korean women immigrating to the U.S.  Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. Online.