Emma Mitchell, PhD, RN—a public health nurse scholar, an award-winning educator, and a “40 Under 40” winner from the Virginia Nurses Association—is an assistant professor and co-directs its Global Initiatives.

With her community partners, Mitchell oversaw work in rural Virginia to plan, develop, and study a novel approach for cervical cancer screening, treatment, and follow-up using a HPV self-collection test, including the use of mobile mammography to pair cervical cancer screenings. She's studied issues that affect uptake of the HPV vaccine, the feasibility and acceptability of the HPV self-collection test, and, with colleagues, led a study on how pairing the HPV vaccine with other immunizations led to increased rates of vaccination.

Mitchell's work in Nicaragua focuses on distributing HPV self-collection tests to women in Nicaragua’s rural Caribbean coast, as well as training providers to recognize and treat cervical cancer lesions using a mobile thermo-ablation procedure. Her work is funded by UVA’s Global Infectious Diseases Institute. She also oversees a unique disaster preparedness program at UVA and in Bluefields, Nicaragua, which trains nursing students to prepare for emergencies brought about by climate change.

At UVA, she teaches courses on public health nursing, local and global health disparities, and social entrepreneurship and cancer prevention in Nicaragua, to both graduate and undergraduate students. 


Journal Articles

Alcala, H., Keim-Malpass, J. & Mitchell, E. M. (2021). Sexual assault and cancer screening among men and women. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36(11-12), NP6243-NP6259. doi:10.1177/0886260518812797

Elmore, C. E., Laughon, K., & Mitchell, E. M. (2020). Self‐collection of samples for HPV testing to increase participation in cervical cancer screening by immigrant women: An integrative review. Public Health Nursing, 37(5), 677-695. doi:10.1111/phn.12782

Mitchell, E. M., Lothamer, H., Garcia, C., Des Marais, A., Camacho, T. F., Poulter, M., Bullock, L., & Smith, J. S. (2020). Acceptability and feasibility of community-based, lay navigator-facilitated at-home self-collection for Human Papillomavirus testing in underscreened women. Journal of Women’s Health, 29(4), 596-602. doi:10.1089/jwh.2018.7575

Alcala, H., Maxwell, G. L., Lindsay, B., Keim-Malpass, J., Mitchell, E. M., & Balkrishnan, R. (2020). Examining HPV vaccination practices and differences among providers in Virginia. Journal of Cancer Education, 35, 159-164. doi:10.1007/s13187-018-1455-0

Mitchell, E. M., & Camacho, F. (2019). Developing a priority scoring index for mobile mammography sites: Considerations for screening access in rural and remote settings. Cancer Control, 26, 1-6. doi:10.1177/1073274819883270

Oria, M. O. B., Mitchell, E. M., Vasconcelos, C. T. M., de Oliveira, T. D. A, Lopes, L. G., de Menezes, P. R. & Galvao, M. T. G. (2018). Prevalence of lower urinary tract symptoms and social determinants in primary care users in Brazil. International Urogynecology Journal, 29(12), p. 825-832. doi:10.1007/s00192-018-3635-1

Doede A. L., Mitchell, E. M., Wilson, D., Panagides, R., & Oriá, M.O.B. (2018). Knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes surrounding breast cancer screening in Latin America and the Caribbean: An in-depth narrative review. Journal of Global Oncology, 4, 1-25. doi:10.1200/jgo.18.00053

Carhart, M., Schminkey, D., Mitchell, E. M., & Keim-Malpass, J. (2018). Barriers and facilitators to improving Virginia’s HPV vaccination rate: A stakeholder analysis with implications for pediatric nurses. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 42, 1-8. doi:10.1016/j.pedn.2018.05.008

Alcala, H. E., Mitchell, E. M., & Keim-Malpass, J. (2018). Heterogenous impacts: Adverse childhood experiences and cancer screening. Cancer Causes & Control, 29(3), 343-351. doi:10.1007/s10552-018-1007-2

McCabe, BE, Mitchell, EM, Gonzalez-Guarda, RM, Peragallo, N., Mitrani, VB. (2017). Transnational motherhood: Health of Hispanic mothers in the United States who are separated from children. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 28(3), 243-250. doi:10.1177/1043659616644960

Laughon, K., Mitchell, E., & Price, J. (2017). Provider perspectives on intimate partner violence in Bluefields, Nicaragua. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 38(10), 852-857. doi:10.1080/01612840.2017.1346011

Alcala, H., Keim-Malpass, J., & Mitchell, E. (2017). Adverse childhood experiences and colorectal cancer screening: Do all adversities matter? Child Abuse and Neglect, 69, 145-150. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.04.026

Keim-Malpass, J., Mitchell, E. M., Sun, E., & Kennedy, C. (2017). Using Twitter to understand public perceptions regarding the #HPV vaccine: Opportunities for public health nurses to engage in social marketing. Public Health Nursing, 34(4), 316-323. doi:10.1111/phn.12318

Keim-Malpass, J., Mitchell, E. M., DeGuzman, P., Stoler, M., & Kennedy, C. (2017). Legislative activity related to the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in the United States (2006-2015): A cry for evidence-based policy. Risk Management and Healthcare Policy, 10, 29-32. doi:10.2147/rmhp.s128247

Alcala, H., Mitchell, E., & Keim-Malpass, J. (2017). Adverse childhood experiences and cervical cancer screening. Journal of Women’s Health, 26(1), 58-63. doi:10.1089/jwh.2016.5823

Williams, JR, Halstead, V., Mitchell, EM. (2016). Two models for public health nursing clinical education. Public Health Nursing, 33(3), 249-255. doi:10.1111/phn.12256

Ortega, J., Mitchell, EM, Peragallo, N. (2016). Beyond borders: Global nursing education for the future. Nursing Education Perspectives, 37(4), 227-229. doi:10.5480/13-1296

Newlin Lew, K, Mitchell EM, McLean, Y. (2016). Diabetes prevention and management among minority ethnic groups in Nicaragua: Findings from Phase II of a community-based participatory study. Health Education Journal, 75(8), 939-949. doi:10.1177/0017896916638701

Garcia, C., Lothamer, H., & Mitchell, E. M. (2016). Provider-identified barriers to cervical cancer screening and perceptions toward self-collection of human papillomavirus in Southwest Virginia. Public Health Nursing, 33(6), 539-546. doi:10.1111/phn.12285

DeGuzman, P. B., & Mitchell, E. M. (2016). Public health nurses in cancer care: Broadening the intersection. Public Health Nursing, 33(6), 481-482. doi:10.1111/phn.12296

Mitchell, E.M., Steeves, R., Dillingham, B. (2015). Cruise ships and bush medicine: Globalization on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua and effects on the health of Creole women. Public Health Nursing, 32(3), 237-245. doi:10.1111/phn.12127

Malhotra, K., Gonzalez-Guarda, R. M., & Mitchell, E, M. (2015). A review of teen dating violence prevention research: What about Hispanic youth? Trauma, Violence, and Abuse, 16(4), 444-465. doi:10.1177/1524838014537903

Mitchell, E.M., Steeves, R., Hauck, K. (2015). Exploring Creole Women’s Health Using Ethnography and Photovoice in Bluefields, Nicaragua. Global Health Promotion, 22(4), 29-38. doi:10.1177/1757975914547545

Keim-Malpass, J., Mitchell, E.M., Camacho, T.F. (2015). HPV vaccination series completion and co-vaccination: Pairing vaccines may matter for adolescents. Vaccine, 33(43), 5729-32. doi:10.1016/j.vaccine.2015.09.077

Keim-Malpass, J., Mitchell, E.M., Blackhall, L., & DeGuzman, P.B. (2015). Evaluating stakeholder-identified barriers in accessing palliative care at an NCI-designated cancer center with a rural catchment area. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 18(7), 634-7. doi:10.1089/jpm.2015.0032

Kavalieratos D, Mitchell EM, Carey TS, Dev S, Biddle AK, Reeve BB, Abernethy AP, Weinberger M. (2014). "Not the 'grim reaper service’”: An assessment of provider knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions regarding palliative care referral barriers in heart failure. Journal of the American Heart Association, 3(1), 1-11. doi:10.1161/jaha.113.000544

Cianelli, R., Mitchell, E., Albuja, L., Wilkinson, C., Anglade, D., Chery, M., & Peragallo, N. (2014). Maternal – child health needs assessment in Haiti. International Journal of Applied Science and Technology, 4(5), 30-38.

Cianelli, R., Wilkinson, C., Mitchell, E., Anglade, D., Nicholas, G., Mitrani, V., Peragallo, N. (2013). Experiencias de formacion en salud mental entre trabajadores sanitarios Haitianos tras el terremoto de 2010. International Nursing Review en Espanol: Revista official del Consejo Internacional de Enfermeras, 60(4), 566-573. doi:10.1111/inr.12047

Cianelli, R., Wilkinson, C., Mitchell, E., Anglade, D., Guerda, N., Peragallo, N., & Mitrani, V. (2013). Mental health training experiences among Haitian healthcare workers post earthquake. International Nursing Review, 60(4), 528-535.

Kulbok, P., Mitchell, E., Glick, D., & Greiner, D. (2012). International nursing educational exchanges: A review of the literature. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 9(1), 7.

Mitchell, E., & Steeves, R. (2012). Exploring midwives practices on the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua. Hispanic Healthcare International, 10(1), 36-41.

Leffers, J. & Mitchell, E. (2011). Conceptual model for partnership and sustainability in global health. Public Health Nursing, 28(1), 91-102.

Greiner, D.S., Glick, D.F., Kulbok, P.A., & Mitchell, E.M. (2008). Rural health nursing research review: Global perspectives. Annual Review of Nursing Research, 26, 261-294.

Book Sections

Mitchell, E. (2020). Global health. In M. Stanhope & J. Lancaster (Eds.), Public health nursing (10th ed.) (pp. 62-90). Canada: Mosby Elsevier.

Upvall, M. J., Leffers, J. M. & Mitchell, E. M. (2014). “Introduction and Perspectives of Global health”. In 1st edition, Upvall & Leffers (editors). Global Health Nursing: Building and Sustaining Partnerships (pp. 1-18). New York, New York: Springer Publishing Company, LLC

Columns, Editorials and Op-Eds

Mitchell, E. (2020, May 22). Approve the at-home test that can provide early detection of cervical cancer: Column. STAT News. Retrieved from