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.
News and TV
- UVA Today (6-22-16) - Can at-home HPV tests improve detection and save lives?
- WVTF/NPR (11-25-15) - Virginia led, then lagged on giving the HPV vaccine
- UVA Today (11-15-15) - Study: Teens more apt to complete HPV vaccine series when given with other shots
- Cville Weekly (5-28-15) - Let's talk shots: The HPV conversation isn't easy, but it's important
- Daily Progress (2-3-15) - UVA team studying why so few Virginia girls get HPV vaccine
- NBC29 (2-4-15) - UVA studies Virginia's low HPV vaccinations
- Newsplex (2-4-15) - Study to understand why Virginia girls opt out of HPV vaccine
- UVA Today (2-4-15) - Study seeks to understand why girls aren't getting the HPV vaccine
- UVA Today (3-4-11) - Semester at Sea's short-term voyage - fighting HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean
Mitchell, EM, Lothamer, H., Garcia, C., Des Marais, A., Camacho, T.F., Poulter, M., Bullock, L. & Smith, JS. (2019). 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 (online first), 00, 1-7. doi:10.1089/jwh.2018.7575
*Mitchell, EM, 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
Alcala, H., Keim-Malpass, J., Mitchell, EM. (2017). Colorectal cancer screening and adverse childhood experiences: Which adversities matter? Child Abuse & Neglect, 69, 145-150. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.04.026
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.
Advance Online Publications
Alcala, H., Keim-Malpass, J. & Mitchell, E. M. (2018). Sexual assault and cancer screening among men and women. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. doi:10.1177/0886260518812797
Alcala, H., Maxwell, G. L., Lindsay, B., Keim-Malpass, J., Mitchell, E. M., & Balkrishnan, R. (2018). Examining HPV vaccination practices and differences among providers in Virginia. Journal of Cancer Education. Advance online publication. doi:10.1007/s13187-018-1455-0
Mitchell, E. (2019). Chapter 4: Global Health. In Stanhope & Lancaster (Eds.), Public Health Nursing, 10th edition (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