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Karen Mitchell, PhD

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Medicine
DepartmentPsychiatry
DivisionGeneral Psychiatry
Address72 E. Concord St Building A
Boston MA 02118
Phone(857) 364-2149
Other Positions
InstitutionVA Boston Healthcare System

 Awards and Honors

Start-EndDescription
2005Virginia Commonwealth University: Psychology Scholarship Award for Master’s Level Student
2006Virginia Commonwealth University: Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship
2007Behavioral Genetics Association: Travel Fellowship
2008Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics: Kenneth S. Kendler Award for Excellence in Predoctoral Studies
2008Virginia Commonwealth University: Counseling Psychology Student of the Year
2008Academy for Eating Disorders: Travel Fellowship
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Dr. Mitchell is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Boston University School of Medicine. In addition, she has been a staff psychologist at the Women’s Health Sciences Division of the National Center for PTSD at VA Boston Healthcare System since 2009. She completed her PhD in Counseling Psychology (sub-speciality in Quantitative Methodology) at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009. While in graduate school, she completed a pre-doctoral fellowship on an NIMH T32 in Psychiatric and Statistical Genetics at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics (Richmond, VA). Dr. Mitchell completed her pre-doctoral internship in Health Psychology at the Cleveland VA Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Her research interests include eating disorders, obesity, behavior genetics, PTSD, and complementary and alternative medicine (particularly yoga). Methodologies used include twin modeling, network science, epigenetic mechanisms, hierarchical linear modeling, and structural equation modeling. As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Mitchell’s clinical interests include eating disorders, PTSD, and health psychology, including obesity and metabolic disorders.

 Self-Described Keywords
  • Eating Disorders
  • Genetics
  • Obesity
  • PTSD
  • Women's Health
 Publications
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  1. Mitchell KS, Wolf EJ. PTSD, food addiction, and disordered eating in a sample of primarily older veterans: The mediating role of emotion regulation. Psychiatry Res. 2016 Sep 30; 243:23-9. PMID: 27344589.
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  2. Bankoff SM, Richards LK, Bartlett B, Wolf EJ, Mitchell KS. Examining weight and eating behavior by sexual orientation in a sample of male veterans. Compr Psychiatry. 2016 Jul; 68:134-9. PMID: 27234194.
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  3. Wolf EJ, Mitchell KS, Sadeh N, Hein C, Fuhrman I, Pietrzak RH, Miller MW. The Dissociative Subtype of PTSD Scale: Initial Evaluation in a National Sample of Trauma-Exposed Veterans. Assessment. 2015 Nov 23. PMID: 26603115.
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  4. Bartlett BA, Mitchell KS. Eating disorders in military and veteran men and women: A systematic review. Int J Eat Disord. 2015 Dec; 48(8):1057-69. PMID: 26310193.
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  5. Martin EC, Dick AM, Scioli-Salter ER, Mitchell KS. Impact of a Yoga Intervention on Physical Activity, Self-Efficacy, and Motivation in Women with PTSD Symptoms. J Altern Complement Med. 2015 Jun; 21(6):327-32. PMID: 25973554.
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  6. Reddy S, Dick AM, Gerber MR, Mitchell K. The effect of a yoga intervention on alcohol and drug abuse risk in veteran and civilian women with posttraumatic stress disorder. J Altern Complement Med. 2014 Oct; 20(10):750-6. PMID: 25211372.
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  7. Wolf EJ, Mitchell KS, Logue MW, Baldwin CT, Reardon AF, Aiello A, Galea S, Koenen KC, Uddin M, Wildman D, Miller MW. The dopamine D3 receptor gene and posttraumatic stress disorder. J Trauma Stress. 2014 Aug; 27(4):379-87. PMID: 25158632.
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  8. Mitchell KS, Rasmusson A, Bartlett B, Gerber MR. Eating disorders and associated mental health comorbidities in female veterans. Psychiatry Res. 2014 Nov 30; 219(3):589-91. PMID: 25015710.
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  9. Dick AM, Niles BL, Street AE, DiMartino DM, Mitchell KS. Examining mechanisms of change in a yoga intervention for women: the influence of mindfulness, psychological flexibility, and emotion regulation on PTSD symptoms. J Clin Psychol. 2014 Dec; 70(12):1170-82. PMID: 24888209.
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  10. Mitchell KS, Wolf EJ, Reardon AF, Miller MW. Association of eating disorder symptoms with internalizing and externalizing dimensions of psychopathology among men and women. Int J Eat Disord. 2014 Dec; 47(8):860-9. PMID: 24849585.
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  11. Litwack SD, Mitchell KS, Sloan DM, Reardon AF, Miller MW. Eating disorder symptoms and comorbid psychopathology among male and female veterans. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2014 Jul-Aug; 36(4):406-10. PMID: 24815590.
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  12. Wolf EJ, Rasmusson AM, Mitchell KS, Logue MW, Baldwin CT, Miller MW. A genome-wide association study of clinical symptoms of dissociation in a trauma-exposed sample. Depress Anxiety. 2014 Apr; 31(4):352-60. PMID: 24677629.
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  13. Mitchell KS, Dick AM, DiMartino DM, Smith BN, Niles B, Koenen KC, Street A. A pilot study of a randomized controlled trial of yoga as an intervention for PTSD symptoms in women. J Trauma Stress. 2014 Apr; 27(2):121-8. PMID: 24668767.
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  14. Hudson JI, Zanarini MC, Mitchell KS, Choi-Kain LW, Gunderson JG. The contribution of familial internalizing and externalizing liability factors to borderline personality disorder. Psychol Med. 2014 Aug; 44(11):2397-407. PMID: 24406267.
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  15. Scioli-Salter, E.R., Sillice, M.A., Mitchell, K.S., Allsup, K., Rasmusson, A.M., Biller, H., & Rossi, J.S. . Predictors of long-term exercise maintenance among college aged adults: Role of body image anxiety. Californian Journal of Health Promotion. 2014; (12):27-39.
  16. Mitchell, K.S. & Bulik, C.M. In K.C. Koenen, S. Rudenstine, E. Susser, & S. Galea (Eds.), A life course approach to mental disorders. Life course epidemiology of eating disorders. Oxford University Press. Oxford, U.K. 2014.
  17. Wolf EJ, Mitchell KS, Logue MW, Baldwin CT, Reardon AF, Humphries DE, Miller MW. Corticotropin releasing hormone receptor 2 (CRHR-2) gene is associated with decreased risk and severity of posttraumatic stress disorder in women. Depress Anxiety. 2013 Dec; 30(12):1161-9. PMID: 24123648.
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  18. Mitchell KS, Aiello AE, Galea S, Uddin M, Wildman D, Koenen KC. PTSD and obesity in the Detroit neighborhood health study. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2013 Nov-Dec; 35(6):671-3. PMID: 24035634.
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  19. Wolf EJ, Mitchell KS, Koenen KC, Miller MW. Combat exposure severity as a moderator of genetic and environmental liability to post-traumatic stress disorder. Psychol Med. 2014 May; 44(7):1499-509. PMID: 24001428.
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  20. Iverson KM, McLaughlin KA, Gerber MR, Dick A, Smith BN, Bell ME, Cook N, Mitchell KS. Exposure to Interpersonal Violence and Its Associations With Psychiatric Morbidity in a U.S. National Sample: A Gender Comparison. Psychol Violence. 2013 Jul; 3(3):273-287. PMID: 25232484.
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  21. Gobin RL, Iverson KM, Mitchell K, Vaughn R, Resick PA. The impact of childhood maltreatment on PTSD symptoms among female survivors of intimate partner violence. Violence Vict. 2013; 28(6):984-99. PMID: 24547676.
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  22. Mitchell KS, Wells SY, Mendes A, Resick PA. Treatment improves symptoms shared by PTSD and disordered eating. J Trauma Stress. 2012 Oct; 25(5):535-42. PMID: 23073973.
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  23. Resick PA, Bovin MJ, Calloway AL, Dick AM, King MW, Mitchell KS, Suvak MK, Wells SY, Stirman SW, Wolf EJ. A critical evaluation of the complex PTSD literature: implications for DSM-5. J Trauma Stress. 2012 Jun; 25(3):241-51. PMID: 22729974.
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  24. Resick PA, Suvak MK, Johnides BD, Mitchell KS, Iverson KM. The impact of dissociation on PTSD treatment with cognitive processing therapy. Depress Anxiety. 2012 Aug; 29(8):718-30. PMID: 22473922.
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  25. Kelly NR, Mitchell KS, Gow RW, Trace SE, Lydecker JA, Bair CE, Mazzeo S. An evaluation of the reliability and construct validity of eating disorder measures in white and black women. Psychol Assess. 2012 Sep; 24(3):608-17. PMID: 22149327.
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  26. Mitchell KS, Mazzeo SE, Schlesinger MR, Brewerton TD, Smith BN. Comorbidity of partial and subthreshold ptsd among men and women with eating disorders in the national comorbidity survey-replication study. Int J Eat Disord. 2012 Apr; 45(3):307-15. PMID: 22009722.
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  27. Lydecker JA, Pisetsky EM, Mitchell KS, Thornton LM, Kendler KS, Reichborn-Kjennerud T, Lichtenstein P, Bulik CM, Mazzeo SE. Association between co-twin sex and eating disorders in opposite sex twin pairs: evaluations in North American, Norwegian, and Swedish samples. J Psychosom Res. 2012 Jan; 72(1):73-7. PMID: 22200526.
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  28. Gunderson JG, Zanarini MC, Choi-Kain LW, Mitchell KS, Jang KL, Hudson JI. Family study of borderline personality disorder and its sectors of psychopathology. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2011 Jul; 68(7):753-62. PMID: 21727257.
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  29. Mitchell KS, Neale MC, Bulik CM, Lowe M, Maes HH, Kendler KS, Mazzeo SE. An investigation of weight suppression in a population-based sample of female twins. Int J Eat Disord. 2011 Jan; 44(1):44-9. PMID: 20063372.
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  30. Baker JH, Mitchell KS, Neale MC, Kendler KS. Eating disorder symptomatology and substance use disorders: prevalence and shared risk in a population based twin sample. Int J Eat Disord. 2010 Nov 1; 43(7):648-58. PMID: 20734312.
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  31. Serdar KL, Mazzeo SE, Mitchell KS, Aggen SH, Kendler KS, Bulik CM. Correlates of weight instability across the lifespan in a population-based sample. Int J Eat Disord. 2011 Sep; 44(6):506-14. PMID: 20957706.
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  32. Mazzeo SE, Mitchell KS, Bulik CM, Aggen SA, Kendler KS, Neale MC . Psychological Medicine. A twin study of specific bulimia nervosa symptoms. 2010; 40:1203-1213.
  33. Mitchell, K.S., Neale, M.C., Bulik, C.M., Aggen, S.H., Kendler, K.S., Mazzeo, S.E. . Binge eating disorder: A symptom-level investigation of genetic and environmental influences on liability. Psychological Medicine. 2010; 40:1899-1906.
  34. Mitchell KS, Mazzeo SE. Evaluation of a Structural Model of Objectification Theory and Eating Disorder Symptomatology among European American and African American Undergraduate Women. Psychol Women Q. 2009 Dec 1; 33(4):384-395. PMID: 20221314.
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  35. Mazzeo SE, Mitchell KS, Bulik CM, Reichbord-Kjennerud T, Neale MC . Psychological Medicine. Heritability of anorexia nervosa in a sample of Norwegian twins: Using a marginal maximum likelihood approach. 2009; 39:463-473.
  36. Bean MK, Mitchell KS, Speizer IS, Wilson DB, Smith BN, Fries EA. Rural adolescent attitudes toward smoking and weight loss: relationship to smoking status. Nicotine Tob Res. 2008 Feb; 10(2):279-86. PMID: 18236292.
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  37. Hur Y- M, Kaprio J, Iacono WG, Boomsma D, McGue M, Silventoinen K, Luciano M, Visscher PM, Martin NG, Rose R, He M, Ando J, Ooki S, Chaucer CH, Lajunen HR, Cornes B, Bartels M, Cherny S, Mitchell K . Genetic causes of differences in variances of height, weight, and body mass index between Caucasian and East Asian adolescent twins. International Journal of Obesity. 2008; 32:1455-1467.
  38. Mazzeo SE, Mitchell KS, Williams LJ. Anxiety and depression as mediators of the association between childhood abuse and eating disordered behavior in African American and European American female undergraduates: A test of cultural invariance. Psychology of Women Quarterly. 2008; 32:267-280.
  39. Mitchell KS, Mazzeo SE, Bulik CM, Aggen SH, Kendler KS, Neale MC. An investigation of a measure of twins' equal environments. Twin Res Hum Genet. 2007 Dec; 10(6):840-7. PMID: 18179396.
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  40. Mitchell KS, Mazzeo SE, Aggen SH, Maes HH, Kendler KS, Neale MC, Bulik CM. Characteristics of monozygotic male and female twins discordant for overweight: a descriptive study. Eat Behav. 2008 Aug; 9(3):366-9. PMID: 18549997.
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  41. Mitchell KS, Mazzeo SE, Rausch SM, Cooke KL. Innovative interventions for disordered eating: evaluating dissonance-based and yoga interventions. Int J Eat Disord. 2007 Mar; 40(2):120-8. PMID: 17089413.
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  42. Mazzeo SE, Trace SE, Mitchell KS, Gow RW. Effects of a reality TV cosmetic surgery makeover program on eating disordered attitudes and behaviors. Eat Behav. 2007 Aug; 8(3):390-7. PMID: 17606237.
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  43. Smith BN, Bean MK, Mitchell KS, Speizer IS, Fries EA. Psychosocial factors associated with non-smoking adolescents' intentions to smoke. Health Educ Res. 2007 Apr; 22(2):238-47. PMID: 16880217.
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  44. Mazzeo SE, Slof-Op't Landt MC, Jones I, Mitchell K, Kendler KS, Neale MC, Aggen SH, Bulik CM. Associations among postpartum depression, eating disorders, and perfectionism in a population-based sample of adult women. Int J Eat Disord. 2006 Apr; 39(3):202-11. PMID: 16498586.
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  45. Mazzeo SE, Landt-Slof R, Jones I, Mitchell KS, Kendler KS, Neale MC, Aggen SA, Bulik CM. Associations among postpartum depression, eating disorders, and perfectionism in a population-based sample of adult women. International Journal of Eating Disorders. 2006; 39:202-211.
  46. Mazzeo SE, Mitchell KS, Gerke C, Bulik CM . Parental influences on children’s eating behavior. Current Nutrition and Food Science. 2006; (21):275-295.
  47. Mazzeo SE, Saunders R, Mitchell KS. Gender and binge eating among bariatric surgery candidates. Eat Behav. 2006 Jan; 7(1):47-52. PMID: 16360622.
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  48. Wilson DB, Smith BN, Speizer IS, Bean MK, Mitchell KS, Uguy LS, Fries EA. Differences in food intake and exercise by smoking status in adolescents. Prev Med. 2005 Jun; 40(6):872-9. PMID: 15850890.
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  49. Mitchell KS, Mazzeo SE. Mediators of the association between abuse and disordered eating in undergraduate men. Eat Behav. 2005 Dec; 6(4):318-27. PMID: 16257805.
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  50. Mazzeo SE, Saunders R, Mitchell KS. Binge eating among African American and Caucasian bariatric surgery candidates. Eat Behav. 2005 Jun; 6(3):189-96. PMID: 15854865.
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  51. Mazzeo SE, Zucker NL, Gerke CK, Mitchell KS, Bulik CM. Parenting concerns of women with histories of eating disorders. Int J Eat Disord. 2005; 37 Suppl:S77-9; discussion S87-9. PMID: 15852326.
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  52. Mitchell KS, Mazzeo SE. Binge eating and psychological distress in ethnically diverse undergraduate men and women. Eat Behav. 2004 May; 5(2):157-69. PMID: 15093785.
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