Karen Mitchell, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Psychiatry
General Psychiatry Section

PhD, Virginia Commonwealth University
MS, Virginia Commonwealth University

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.

VA Boston Healthcare System

2008 Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics: Kenneth S. Kendler Award for Excellence in Predoctoral Studies
2008 Virginia Commonwealth University: Counseling Psychology Student of the Year
2008 Academy for Eating Disorders: Travel Fellowship
2007 Behavioral Genetics Association: Travel Fellowship
2006 Virginia Commonwealth University: Phi Kappa Phi Scholarship
2005 Virginia Commonwealth University: Psychology Scholarship Award for Master’s Level Student

Gene-Environment Interplay in the Comorbidity of PTSD and Disordered Eating
04/15/2012 - 09/30/2016 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Mental Health

Personnel agreement for research services of Brooke Bartlett
12/15/2013 - 06/30/2016 (PI)
VA Boston Healthcare System

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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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27344589; PMCID: PMC5014719; DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2016.06.013;.
  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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27234194; PMCID: PMC4884604; DOI: 10.1016/j.comppsych.2016.03.007;.
  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. 2017 Jun; 24(4):503-516.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26603115.
  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; DOI: 10.1002/eat.22454;.
  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; PMCID: PMC4486144; DOI: 10.1089/acm.2014.0389;.
  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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25211372; PMCID: PMC4195227; DOI: 10.1089/acm.2014.0014;.
  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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25158632; PMCID: PMC4147673; DOI: 10.1002/jts.21937;.
  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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 25015710; PMCID: PMC4195487; DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2014.06.018;.
  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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 24888209; DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22104;.
  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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 24849585; PMCID: PMC4237667; DOI: 10.1002/eat.22300;.
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Eating Disorders
Women's Health
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