Jason Mitchell, Phd, MPH
- PhD (Public Health, Health Behavior & Health Promotion), Oregon State University
- MPH (Epidemiology), University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
- BS (Biology), Widener University
Dr. Jason Mitchell is a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Public Health with over 15 years of experience in the HIV prevention field. After completing his PhD at Oregon State University, Dr. Mitchell received postdoctoral training at the Center for AIDS Intervention Research (CAIR) where he sought to unravel how relationship dynamics (e.g., sexual agreements) could be used to bolster HIV prevention with male couples, particularly when combined with other biomedical and behavioral preventive approaches, including couples testing, PrEP and nPEP. As a faculty member, he is continuing to build his program of research to develop and test novel and innovative HIV and substance use preventive interventions with these vulnerable populations (e.g., R34MH102098, R34MH105202, R01DA040541, R21MH111445), and to expand research initiatives for improving the health and relationships among the LGBTQ population.
Dr. Mitchell's primary research interest focuses on the development of HIV preventive interventions for male couples and sexual minority men that uses technology (eHealth, mHealth, telehealth) to maximize reach and potential impact. He uses advanced research methods to assess how interpersonal sexual behaviors (e.g, condomless anal sex), relationship dynamics of communication, commitment, intimacy, power, sexual agreements, and trust, and use of substances affect male couples’ risk and vulnerability for acquiring and/or transmitting HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). For instance, dyadic data are collected from couples to best assess differences between both partners of the couple, across a same of couples, as well as to test how partners affect one another’s behaviors and health-related decisions. Furthermore, Dr. Mitchell is trained in advanced statistical analyses using dyadic dyad to conduct multilevel modeling and examine actor-partner effects. He is also trained in qualitative and mixed methods, which have been helpful for his program of research with the development of content and pilot-testing HIV preventive interventions. As a faculty member and independent researcher, Dr. Mitchell is committed to continuing to build his program of research to develop eHealth, mHealth, and teleHealth preventive interventions that are novel and tailored to meet the needs of sexual minority couples.