Assistant professor Emma Mitchell is a community health nurse, a nursing scholar and researcher at the University of Virginia School of Nursing.

Mitchell’s scholarship – currently focused on the feasibility and acceptability of at-home, self-screening HPV tests as a route to upping detection of cervical cancer in underserved, rural areas, both domestically and internationally – centers on care access and cancer detection, health disparities, and novel modalities for HPV vaccination and detection. Her current work involves a trial of a novel HPV screening test delivered by lay health navigators in rural Southwest Virginia where rates of cervical cancer are 22 to 33 percent higher than the state average.

Mitchell, who earned her PhD and MSN from UVA and her BSN from UMass Dartmouth, is assistant director of the School’s graduate global programs, a Conway Scholar, and director of the School’s #2-ranked Clinical Nurse Leader masters program. 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

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

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

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

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

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., 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.