Faculty & Partners

Community Engagement Co-Directors

Monica J. Mitchell, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Cincinnati

Dr. Monica J. Mitchell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cincinnati and holds joint appointments at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the Child Policy Research Center. Dr. Mitchell is also the Co-Director for INNOVATIONS in Community Research and the Co-Director of the Community Engagement Core of the CTSA (through the Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training - CCTST). In her community-based work, Dr. Mitchell works with schools, community agencies and non-profit organizations to ensure evidence-based programs that promote physical and mental health.

Dr. Mitchell received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 1998, and she completed her Residency and Post-doctoral fellowship at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 1998 and 2001 respectively. Dr. Mitchell is a principal investigator or collaborator on a number of grants funded by NIH and HRSA to better understand adherence and develop family-based interventions in sickle cell disease. Dr. Mitchell has served on the Journal of Pediatric Psychology's Editorial Board since 2005, and is the past Chair of the Diversity Committee of the Society of Pediatric Psychology (Division 54 of the American Psychological Association). In 2008, she was appointed to a three year term to the Committee on Youth, Children and Families for the American Psychological Association.

Brett Kissela, MD, MS
Professor and Chair of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine,
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Dr. Brett M. Kissela is Professor and Chair of Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, and a member of the UC Stroke Team.  His research to date has focused on stroke epidemiology, stroke outcomes, and stroke recovery. Within a large stroke epidemiology program that primarily studies racial disparities in stroke incidence and case fatality, he has a special interest in the impact of diabetes on stroke incidence and stroke outcomes, as well as the epidemiology of stroke outcomes. With regard to stroke outcomes, he has focused on how post-stroke medical and psychiatric comorbidities, as well as the white matter disease burden, affect stroke recovery and outcomes.

Dr. Kissela participates in a variety of stroke recovery projects, seeking to enhance post-stroke recovery via innovative techniques and devices. He has authored or co-authored 144 peer-reviewed publications, 4 Invited Editorials, 18 Book Chapter or Invited Reviews, and 299 abstracts. He was the recipient of the American Academy of Neurology’s Michael S. Pessin Stroke Leadership Prize in 2005.

Lead Community Engagement Faculty

Lori E. Crosby, PsyD
Associate Professor, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Lori Crosby, PsyD is an Associate Professor in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology at CCHMC and Co-Director of Innovations in Community Research and Program Evaluation. She is faculty for the Community Engagement Core of the Cincinnati Center for Clinical and Translational Science and Training, Clinical Translational Science Award Project. Dr. Crosby has expertise in quality improvement and has been involved in a number of initiatives within the medical center. She has also been involved in a number of community-based research projects including using community-based participatory research methods in pediatric sickle cell disease and anxiety in African-American women. Dr. Crosby's broad research interests are in innovation in chronic care management, health disparities, quality improvement and community engaged research.

Currently, Dr. Crosby serves as the leader of Community Engagement Core Training Initiatives. In this role, she directs the Community Leaders Institute and Community Engagement Core Speaker Series. In addiiton, she assists with coordinating academic-community training partnerships. She also mentors CCTST students at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate-levels in community engaged research methods and skills.

Lead Community Partner

Cincinnati-Hamilton Community Action Agency (CAA)
all Community Engagement Core partners.

Community Research Support Staff

Teresa Smith
Clinical Research Coordinator II, Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Teresa graduated from the University of Cincinnati in August 2011 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She is a Research Coordinator for Innovations in Community Research as well as Project Manager for the CCTST Community Engagement Core.

As Project Manager for the CCTST Community Engagement Core, Teresa is responsible for the management of the Community Health Grants and the Community Leaders Institute. She also supports the efforts of the Community Partner Council and coordinates the semi-annual Community Engagement Speaker Series