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M. Ellen Mitchell

M. Ellen Mitchell, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology





234 Life Sciences

Research Interests 

Social support


M. Ellen Mitchell, Ph.D., is a professor ofpPsychology affiliated with the APA-approved clinical doctoral training program. She previously served as the interim dean of Lewis College of Human Sciences and dean of the College of Psychology. 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 Illinois Tech 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.

Mitchell was the recipient of the Lewis College award for excellence in teaching, the Julia Beveridge award, the highest honor awarded to an Illinois Tech woman, and serves on the executive board of the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology, the national organization of departments of graduate psychology training.