Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Hello! I am a tenured Associate Professor at Florida International University's Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work in the Department of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. I have over 15 years of experience in design, implementation and analysis of HIV/STI prevention, substance use, and health promotion projects with couples, primarily with sexual minority and gender minority adult populations (e.g., LGBTQ+) in the U.S. and abroad.
My program of health disparity research with sexual and gender minority couples leverages digital health and relationship science to improve health outcomes by developing, testing, and evaluating couples-based prevention interventions. As PI or Co-PI, I have successfully led a variety of NIH-funded projects (e.g., R34s, R21s), and I am currently leading six funded projects (e.g., R01, R01, R34, R21, Admin Suppl.), including 3 randomized controlled trials and two cohort studies. My program of research: is theoretically guided by the Couples Interdependence Theory for Health Behavior Change; is web-based (Digital Health); applies mixed methods; collects qualitative, quantitative, biomedical, and para/intervention data from both partners of the relationship (i.e., dyadic data); focuses on couples. My content expertise and experience in conducting research with couples centers on behavioral and biomedical approaches to HIV/STI prevention, substance use, and relationship dynamics (e.g., communication, commitment, sexual agreements and guidelines, trust, communal coping, and transformation of motivation). In addition, I also conduct research on approaches to multiple health behavior changes with couples.
In conjunction with research, I enjoy mentoring at all academic levels, from undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral research associates to junior faculty. Often, mentees are involved in any number of my ongoing projects to gain practical experiences and skills to apply to their own program of research and interests. Courses I have taught primarily focus on research methodologies, health behavior theory, and/or application of digital health to improve the public’s health.
Digital health interventions for couples, HIV/STI prevention and treatment, LGBTQ health, Health behavior change, Mixed methods and dyadic analyses, Sexual and gender minority populations
- B.S. in Biology, Widener University
- MPH in Epidemiology, University of Hawai’i at Mānoa
- PhD in Health Behavior and Health Promotion, Oregon State University
- Post-doctoral fellowship in couples-based HIV/STI prevention interventions, Medical College of Wisconsin
Stephenson, R., Chavanduka, T., M. D., Sullivan, S., & Mitchell, J. W. (2021). Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) stigma and beliefs in the efficacy of PrEP among male couples. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care. PMID: 34812796.
Stephenson, R., Chavanduka, T., M. D., Sullivan, S., & Mitchell, J. W. (2021). Partner support and communication for Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) use among male couples. Archives of Sexual Behavior. PMID: 34799830.
Stephenson, R., Chavanduka, T., M. D., Sullivan, S., & Mitchell, J. W. (2021). Dyadic influences on pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) use and attitudes among male couples. AIDS and Behavior. PMID: 34331608.
Mitchell, J. W., & Konda, K. (2020). Analysis of male couples’ sexual agreements after using an eHealth, couples-based HIV prevention intervention in Lima, Peru. Journal of Sex Research. Forthcoming at: https://doi.org/10.1080/00224499.2020.1849528
Mitchell, J. W., Brown, S., Pennington, J., Calvo, G., Diaz, D., Assaf, R., & Konda, K. (2020). Acceptability of an eHealth HIV prevention toolkit for male couples in Lima, Peru with recommendations to better meet their prevention and relationship needs. International Journal of Sexual Health. Forthcoming; doi: 10.1080/19317611.2020.1821860.
Mitchell, J. W., Gamarel, K. E., Kam, K. K., & Pennington, J. T. (2020). Perceived facilitators of decision-making and usage of biomedical HIV prevention strategies: Findings from an online, qualitative study with same-gender male couples in the United States. AIDS Care. https://doi.org/10.1080/09540121.2020.1808158.
Mitchell, J. W., Chavanduka, T. M. D., Sullivan, S. P., & Stephenson, R. (2020). Recommendations from a descriptive evaluation to improve screening procedures for web-based studies with couples: Cross-sectional study. JMIR Public Health and Surveillance, 6(2), e15079.
Mitchell, J. W., Lee, J., Wu, Y., Sullivan, P. S., & Stephenson, R. (2020). Feasibility and acceptability of an electronic health HIV prevention toolkit intervention with concordant HIV-negative, same-sex male couples on sexual agreement outcomes: Pilot, randomized controlled trial. JMIR Formative Research, 4(2), e16807.
Horvath, K. J., Lammert, S., Dahn, T., & Mitchell, J. W. (2020). The feasibility, acceptability and preliminary impact of mobile application to increase repeat HIV testing among sexual minority men. AIDS and Behavior, 24(6), 1835-1850. PMID: 31823111
Mitchell, J. W., Lammert, S., Danh, T., & Horvath, K. J. (2019). Optimizing enrollment methods: Lessons learned from a mHealth, pilot HIV prevention randomized controlled trial with sexual minority men. International Journal of STD & AIDS, 30(7):703-706.