Dr. Elissa Thomann Mitchell

Dr. Elissa Thomann Mitchell received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in Human Development and Family Studies. She has a dual-master’s degree in Human and Community Development and Social Work from UIUC, as well as a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Evansville.

Dr. Thomann Mitchell joined the UIS faculty in 2013 as an Assistant Professor of Human Services, Child and Family Studies concentration. Her teaching interests include ethics and professional development issues, as well as interventions and strategies for working with children and families.

Her research interests focus on at-risk children, youth, and families. She is particularly interested in the role that relationships and social support play in facilitating positive outcomes. Dr. Thomann Mitchell is also interested in applied work or translating research into action (e.g., creating programs or interventions). She has presented her work at national conferences, including meetings of the National Council on Family Relations and the Society for Research in Child Development.

Dr. Thomann Mitchell has also served as an employee, board member, and/or consultant for several non-profit organizations. She has an applied background in community mental health, casework, community services, and macro social work.

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