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Monique B. Mitchell, PhD, CT, is a Research Assistant Professor at the Center for Child and Family Studies. Dr. Mitchell is the South Carolina Research Director for the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) federal data collection. Her research specialties include the experiences of children and youth in foster care, life transitions, ambiguity, stress, loss, and coping, social support, cognitive appraisals, and spirituality. Her specific expertise involves informing policy using child-centered research, consulting invested parties in the child welfare system, and designing and developing youth workshops, resource kits, and learning programs that serve children at risk, children in alternative care, and children in need. Dr. Mitchell is certified in thanatology, specializing in bereavement counseling. She is experienced in qualitative and quantitative research, with expertise in hermeneutic phenomenological research.  Findings from her most recent research, The Transitioning into Care Project: Honouring Children’s Lived Experience of the Foster Care Transition, have been published in Child and Family Social Work and Children and Youth Services Review. Dr. Mitchell received bachelor degrees in Anthropology and Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, a master’s degree in Capacity Building from the University of Guelph, and a PhD in Family Relations and Human Development (with a specialization in child and adolescent development) at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada.

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