Interim Dean of the Lewis College of Human Sciences
M. Ellen Mitchell, Ph.D., is the Interim Dean of the Lewis College of Human Sciences and Full Professor of Psychology affiliated with the APA-approved clinical doctoral training program. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee and internship training at Yale School of Medicine. She worked in community mental health settings at practice and administrative levels before joining the faculty of IIT in 1987. She became the Director of the then Institute of Psychology in 1996. Her research, presentations, and publications focus on interpersonal relationships as a moderator of health and mental health outcomes including utilization of mental health services, moderators of depression among people coping with divorce, the relationship between social skills and social support, social skills and team effectiveness, and predictor models of estrangement. Additionally she has presented and published in the area of human issues associate with emerging technologies.
Dr. Mitchell was the recipient of the Lewis College award for excellence in teaching, the Julia Beveridge award, the highest honor awarded to an IIT woman, and serves on the Executive Board of the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology, the national organization of departments of graduate Psychology training.