John Mitchell to Lead Community-Partnered Research Network

The Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) announces that John Mitchell, PhD, has been named director of the Duke CTSI Community-Partnered Research Network (CPRN), effective May 1, 2024.

In this role, Mitchell will collaborate closely with Duke faculty, academic partners, and community organizations to develop, implement, and provide oversight of the CPRN. The CPRN aims to design and implement a sustainable structure and processes that encourage and facilitate collaboration among academics at North Carolina Central University and Durham Technical Community College, community members, and organizations as equal partners who are seeking to understand and address priority health challenges faced by our local communities, while also working to advance health equity.

Mitchell is an associate professor in the Duke Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and a clinical psychologist by training. His research experience includes building partnerships with academic research and community organizations, as well as engaging diverse collaborators in meaningful projects with actionable goals and measurable outcomes.

Among his past community-partnered research efforts, Mitchell served as a principal investigator for a project focused on HIV-prevention practices in the Durham community and partnered with the Durham Housing Authority (DHA) to create an advisory board comprising local DHA members and leaders, faith leaders, HIV advocacy groups, and Durham youth. He is currently working to develop and implement culturally appropriate treatment for families of children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in the Durham Latine community. This study entails close collaboration with a local non-profit organization, El Futuro, and their service recipients.