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Mitchell Will Use Award For Further Study of Sickle Cell Disease

Published August 2003

Monica Mitchell, MD, is the 2003 winner of the Herbert W. Nickens, MD, Minority Faculty Fellowship Award. Dr. Mitchell is an assistant professor of pediatrics at the UC College of Medicine. She works within the Division of Psychology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Medical colleges nationwide were able to nominate someone for this award so there was a large, highly qualified selection pool to choose from.

"My primary career goal is to have a positive impact on physical and behavioral health outcomes in African-American children, particularly those with chronic health conditions," said Dr. Mitchell.

Dr. Mitchell co-directs Innovations, a collaborative program with the College of Medicine and the Cincinnati community that promotes physical, behavioral and emotional health in African-American children and other children of color. She is currently completing training in biostatistics, culturally sensitive family assessment, anthropometic assessment and co-morbitity research in mental health and pediatric illness.

With her award, Dr. Mitchell plans to extend her research on children with sickle cell disease to develop culturally sensitive measurement tools to assess pain perception and quality of life issues.

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