Daphne Koinis-Mitchell Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research), Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Research)

Brown Affiliations

scholarly work

Boergers, J., & Koinis-Mitchell, D. Sleep and Culture in Children with Medical Conditions. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 35, 9, 915-926.

Koinis Mitchell, D., McQuaid, E. L., Kopel, S., Seifer, R., Nassau, J., Klein, R., Feldman, J., Wamboldt, M., & Fritz, G. Symptom perception in children with asthma: Cognitive and Psychological factors. Health Psychology, 28 (2), 226-237.

Koinis Mitchell, D., McQuaid, E., Seifer, R., Kopel, S. Esteban, E., Klein, R., Garcia Coll, C., Canino, G., & Fritz, G. K. Multiple Urban and Asthma-related Risks and their Association with Asthma Morbidity in Urban Children. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 32, 582-595.

Koinis Mitchell, D., Adams, S., & Murdock, K. K. (2006). Associations Among Risk Factors, Individual Resources, and Indices of School-Related Asthma Morbidity in Urban, School-Aged Children. Journal of School Health .

LaRoche, M., Koinis Mitchell, D., & Guardroom, L. (2006). A culturally competent asthma intervention for African American and Hispanic Families: The Multi-Family Group Treatment Approach. Annals of Allergy and Asthma, and Immunology, 96, 80-85.

Walders, N., McQuaid, E., Kopel, S. J., & Koinis Mitchell, D. (2005). Patterns of quick-relief and long-term controller medication use in pediatric asthma. Journal of Pediatrics. 10, 177-182.

Koinis Mitchell, D ., & Murdock, K. K. (2005). Identifying Resource Factors for Urban Children with Asthma: The Health-Context-Development Triad. Journal of Asthma, 42, 425- 436.

Bender Berz, J., Murdock, K. K., & Koinis Mitchell, D. (2005). Children's asthma, internalizing problems, and social functioning: An urban perspective. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing , 18, 181-197.

Koinis Mitchell, D ., Murdock, K., K., & McQuaid, E. L. (2004). Risk and Resilience in Urban Children with Asthma: A Conceptual Model and Exploratory Study. Children's Health Care, 33 (4), 275-298.

Koinis Mitchell, D ., Murdock, K. K., & Berz, J. (2004). Developmental, gender, and health variations in self-competence and depressed mood among urban children. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings. 11 (4). 333-355.

Koinis Mitchell, D ., & Murdock, K. K. (2002). Self-Competence and Coping in Urban Children with Asthma. Children's Health Care, 31, 273-293.

Rice, C., Koinis, D., Tager-Flusberg, H., & Winner, E. (1997). When three-year-olds pass the Appearance-Reality Task. Developmental Psychology, 31(1), 54-61.

research overview

Dr. Koinis-Mitchell's primary research interests involve the examination of multi-level (biological, familial/cultural, sociocontextual) contributing factors to pediatric health disparities.  Her research and interventions have focused on the identification and integration of risk and protective factors that enhance health and sleep outcomes in urban children. Much of her research involves pediatric asthma, and asthma-related co-morbidities (e.g., obesity, allergic rhinitis), given the prevalance of asthma in urban minority childen. She applies a resilience-based theoretical framework to her research. Dr. Koinis Mitchell is the PI of NIH-funded observational and intervention studies focused on pediatric disparities in the area of asthma, allergic rhinitis, sleep, school outcomes, and obesity/physical activity. She is currently the Director of the Community Asthma Program at Hasbro Children's Hospital and co-chairs the Diversity Committee in the Department of Psychiatry. She is invested in providing opportunities for research training to current trainees and junior faculty at all levels, particularly those from under-represented backgrounds.

research statement

The primary research interests of Dr. Koinis Mitchell are identifying multi-level risk and protective factors that contribute to health and sleep outcomes in urban children across home and school settings. Her interests also involve how context and cultural background influence chronic disease management. She has particular expertise in asthma and other allergic conditions, and her recent research has focused on links between chronic illlness and sleep quality, physical activity, school performance, as well as immune function in pediatric populations.

funded research

Recent Research Funding:

Principal Investigator, Asthma and Academic Performance in Urban Children. R01 HD057220. NIH, NICHD. 10/1/2009-9/30/2014. Total direct costs $2,850,012.

Principal Investigator (with G. Canino Ph.D.), Peer-Administered Asthma Self-Management Intervention in Urban Middle Schools, R21 NIH/NICHD. 8/1/2013- 7/30/2015. Total direct costs, 448,000.

Principal Investigator (with E. Jelalian, Ph.D), Asthma and Obesity in Urban Children: The Role of Physical Activity, R01 NIH/NHLBI. 7/20/2013-3/30/2016. Total direct costs, 811,000.

Co-Investigator, Drug Use and HIV/STI Risk Trajectories in Court Involved Non-Incarcerated Youth, R01 NIH/NIDA. 7/1/2013-6/31/18. M. Tolou-Shams, PI. Total direct costs $2,418,094.

Co-Investigator, Intervention for Depressed Latina Mothers of Children with Asthma. R21. NIH, NHLBI. 12/1/09-11/30/10. E. McQuaid & G. Canino, PIs. Total direct costs $275,000.

Academic Sponsor, Quality of Life and Family Factors in Latino Children. F32 NSRA. NIH, NHLBI. 9/1/10-8/31/12. R. Everhart, PI. Total direct costs, $85,000.

Principal Investigator, Diversity Post-Doctoral Supplement (for Maria Theresa Countinho). R01 HD057220. NIH/NICHD. 9/1/2011-8/31/2013. Total direct costs $120,000.

Co-Investigator, The Asthma School Learning Program. Department of Health, RI. 8/31/09-9/1/2014. R. B. Klein, PI. Total direct costs, $50,000

Principal Investigator, The Evaluation of the "Asthma 102" Program. Department of Pediatrics Chief's Fund, RIH. 10/1/2009-9/30/2010. Total direct costs $5,000.

Principal Investigator, Protective Factors in Urban Children with Asthma. 1RO3 AI066260-01. NIH/NIAID. 7/1/2005 – 6/30/2008. Total direct costs $100,000.

Co-Investigator, Pediatric Asthma Disparities: Perceptions and Management. HL 072438, NIH/NHLBI. 10/1/2002-9/30/2008. Gregory K. Fritz & G. Canino, PIs. Total direct costs $2,225,251.

Co-Investigator, Community Partnership to Reduce Asthma Disparities, 1RO1 NR008524. NIH/NINR. 4/1/2005-3/31/2010. E. McQuaid, PI. Total direct costs: $1,899,727.

Principal Investigator, Cumulative Risks and Asthma Morbidity in Urban Children. F32 HL74570-01. NIH/NHLBI. 7/24/03 – 7/23/2005. Total direct costs $79,700.