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

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

Gene-Environment Interplay in the Comorbidity of PTSD and Disordered Eating
A Pilot Study on the Effectiveness of Yoga for PTSD in Women
Eating Disorders in Veterans: Prevalence, Comorbidity, Risk and Healthcare Use
Eating Disorders in Veterans: Risk, Resilience, and Service Use

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  1. Sienkiewicz ME, Iverson KM, Smith BN, Mitchell KS. Associations between eating disorder symptoms, employment status, and occupational functioning among female veterans. Eat Behav. 2021 Jun 21; 42:101536.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34182295
  2. Mitchell KS, Singh S, Hardin S, Thompson-Brenner H. The impact of comorbid posttraumatic stress disorder on eating disorder treatment outcomes: Investigating the unified treatment model. Int J Eat Disord. 2021 Jul; 54(7):1260-1269. PMID: 33876442
  3. Escarfulleri S, Ellickson-Larew S, Fein-Schaffer D, Mitchell KS, Wolf EJ. Emotion regulation and the association between PTSD, diet, and exercise: a longitudinal evaluation among US military veterans. Eur J Psychotraumatol. 2021 Apr 13; 12(1):1895515.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33907611; PMCID: PMC8049465; DOI: 10.1080/20008198.2021.1895515;
  4. Zelkowitz RL, Mitchell KS, Grossman SL, Nillni YI, Gradus JL, Galovski TE. Latent Class Analysis of Self-directed Violence and Indirect Self-harm Behaviors: Gender Differences and Associations With Mental Health Symptoms. Med Care. 2021 02 01; 59:S51-S57.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33438883
  5. Mitchell KS, Scioli ER, Galovski T, Belfer PL, Cooper Z. Posttraumatic stress disorder and eating disorders: maintaining mechanisms and treatment targets. Eat Disord. 2021 Jan 07; 1-15.View Related Profiles. PMID: 33411646
  6. Sienkiewicz ME, Amalathas A, Iverson KM, Smith BN, Mitchell KS. Examining the Association between Trauma Exposure and Work-Related Outcomes in Women Veterans. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 06 25; 17(12).View Related Profiles. PMID: 32630579; PMCID: PMC7344422; DOI: 10.3390/ijerph17124585;
  7. Arditte Hall KA, Mitchell KS. The Affective Control Scale: Factor structure and associations with posttraumatic stress symptoms in trauma-exposed male veterans. Psychol Trauma. 2020 Mar 23. PMID: 32202843
  8. Huston JC, Grillo AR, Iverson KM, Mitchell KS. Associations between disordered eating and intimate partner violence mediated by depression and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in a female veteran sample. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2019 May - Jun; 58:77-82.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30965163
  9. Moshier SJ, Bovin MJ, Gay NG, Wisco BE, Mitchell KS, Lee DJ, Sloan DM, Weathers FW, Schnurr PP, Keane TM, Marx BP. Examination of posttraumatic stress disorder symptom networks using clinician-rated and patient-rated data. J Abnorm Psychol. 2018 Aug; 127(6):541-547.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30102064; PMCID: PMC7059999; DOI: 10.1037/abn0000368;
  10. Wolf EJ, Miller MW, Sullivan DR, Amstadter AB, Mitchell KS, Goldberg J, Magruder KM. A classical twin study of PTSD symptoms and resilience: Evidence for a single spectrum of vulnerability to traumatic stress. Depress Anxiety. 2018 02; 35(2):132-139.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29283198; PMCID: PMC5794534; DOI: 10.1002/da.22712;
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Eating Disorders
Women's Health
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