Kimberly Mitchell,  Research Associate Professor

Kimberly Mitchell

Phone: (603) 862-4533
Office: Crimes Against Children Research Center, 10 West Edge Drive Rm 106, Durham, NH 03824

Kimberly Mitchell, PhD is a Research Professor of Psychology at the Crimes against Children Research Center located at the University of New Hampshire. Her areas of research focus on childhood violence exposure, peer victimization, technology-involved victimization, violence prevention, and childhood adversity, including childhood exposure to opioid overdose. She is well-versed in several different research methodologies including those involving telephone-based interviews, online surveys, and in-person interviews. She has conducted research with caregivers, adolescents, school staff, law enforcement, and service providers.

She has been studying childhood violence exposure for 18 years. With over 110 articles published in peer-referred journals, Dr. Mitchell’s research is both visible and salient. In total, her work has been cited over 7,000 times. Relatedly, Dr. Mitchell has an established history of successful grants and grantsmanship, including being PI on a current NIH grant (R21HD086464) in which she is developing a national youth firearm risk and safety assessment tool and Co-I on a recent NIJ grant to study the law enforcement response to hate crimes nationally.

Courses Taught

  • JUST 602: Research Internship


  • Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, University of Rhode Island
  • M.A., Psychology, Rhode Island College
  • B.A., Psychology, Rhode Island College

Research Interests

  • Adolescent Health
  • Adolescent Sexual Behavior
  • At Risk/High Risk Populations (Health)
  • Child Abuse/Neglect
  • Child/Maternal Health
  • Cyberbullying
  • Firearms/Guns
  • Hate/Hate Crime/Hate Speech
  • Opiates / Opioids
  • Resilience
  • Suicide
  • Trauma
  • Violence Prevention

Selected Publications

  • Mitchell, K. J., Ybarra, M. L., Langhinrichsen-Rohling, J., Jackson, L. A., & Patts, C. E. (2024). Implementation of a Risk Reduction Protocol in Youth Violence Research.. Ethics Behav, 34(2), 77-88. doi:10.1080/10508422.2022.2157277

  • Ybarra, M. L., Strøem, I. F., Goodman, K. L., & Mitchell, K. J. (2023). Event Characteristics of Sexual Violence Perpetration Against Romantic Partners Versus Non-Romantic Partners.. J Interpers Violence, 38(17-18), 10282-10308. doi:10.1177/08862605231171411

  • Mitchell, K. J., Ybarra, M. L., Goodman, K. L., & Strøm, I. F. (2023). Polyvictimization Among Sexual and Gender Minority Youth.. Am J Prev Med, 65(2), 182-191. doi:10.1016/j.amepre.2023.01.045

  • Mitchell, K. J., Banyard, V., & Ybarra, M. (2023). Overlap Between Exposure to Suicidal Behavior and Indirect Interpersonal Violence: Evidence for a More Integrated Approach to Violence Research.. J Interpers Violence, 38(15-16), 9189-9214. doi:10.1177/08862605231163238

  • Estlein, R., Gewirtz-Meydan, A., Mitchell, K. J., & Grinstein-Weiss, M. (n.d.). COVID-19-Related Fear among Youth in Israel. Youth, 3(3), 883-896. doi:10.3390/youth3030057

  • Mitchell, K. J., Finkelhor, D., Jones, L. M., & Wolak, J. (2012). Prevalence and Characteristics of Youth Sexting: A National Study. PEDIATRICS, 129(1), 13-20. doi:10.1542/peds.2011-1730

  • Wolak, J., Finkelhor, D., Mitchell, K. J., & Ybarra, M. L. (2008). Online "Predators" and their victims - Myths, realities, and implications for prevention and treatment. AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGIST, 63(2), 111-128. doi:10.1037/0003-066X.63.2.111

  • Ybarra, M. L., Mitchell, K. J., Wolak, J., & Finkelhor, D. (2006). Examining characteristics and associated distress related to Internet harassment: Findings from the Second Youth Internet Safety Survey. PEDIATRICS, 118(4), E1169-E1177. doi:10.1542/peds.2006-0815

  • Ybarra, M. L., & Mitchell, K. J. (2004). Online aggressor/targets, aggressors, and targets: a comparison of associated youth characteristics.. J Child Psychol Psychiatry, 45(7), 1308-1316. doi:10.1111/j.1469-7610.2004.00328.x

  • Ybarra, M. L., & Mitchell, K. J. (2004). Youth engaging in online harassment: associations with caregiver-child relationships, Internet use, and personal characteristics.. J Adolesc, 27(3), 319-336. doi:10.1016/j.adolescence.2004.03.007

  • Most Cited Publications