Dr. John Mitchell

Dr. John Mitchell

Job Title:

 Associate Academic Dean and Associate Professor, Psychology


 Full-Time Faculty




 519.432.8353 x28116


 Ursuline Hall 255

Academic Background

  • Ph.D., Center for Studies in Behavioral Neurobiology and Department of Psychology, Concordia University, Montréal, Québec. 
  • M.A., Department of Psychology, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. 
  • B.A.(Honours), Department of Psychology, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. 

Previous Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario. 
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA, USA. 
  • Research Fellow, Department of Pharmacology, Program in Neuroscience, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO, USA. 
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Douglas Hospital Research Center, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, Montréal, Québec. 

Representative Publications

  • Passer, M.W., Smith, R.E., Atkinson, M., & Mitchell, J. (2020).  Psychology: Frontiers and Applications. Seventh Canadian Edition.  McGraw-Hill Ryerson Press, Whitby, ON. 
  • Van Belois, A. & Mitchell, J. (2009).  Summer residential camps: promoting social interaction and self-efficacy among young adults with special needs.  Camping Magazine, the official publication of the American Camp Association.  Nov/Dec. 2009. 
  • Sherry, D. & Mitchell, J.B.  (2007).  Neuroethology of foraging.  In D.W. Stephens, R.C. Ydenbery, and J.S. Brown (Eds.), Foraging, University of Chicago Press. 61 – 102. 
  • Simner, M. L. & Mitchell, J. (2007). Use of the TOEFL as an admission requirement to Canadian universities. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 22: 182 – 187. 

Representative Conferences 

  • Mitchell, J. & Keith, A. (2020). Influence of mood on conversational language use.  81st Canadian Psychological Association Annual National Convention, Montréal, Québec. (Conference cancelled due to the COVID-19; published abstract.) 
  • Mitchell, J. & Ulrich, L. (2020). Perfectionism and burnout in female undergraduates. 81st Canadian Psychological Association Annual National Convention, Montréal, Québec. (Conference cancelled due to the COVID-19; published abstract.)
  • Mitchell, J. & Walker, P. (2019). Risk of burnout among female undergraduate university students: Importance of social support. 80th Canadian Psychological Association Annual National Convention, Halifax Nova Scotia, May 30 - June 2, 2019. 
  • Hinch, C. & Mitchell, J. (2017). Anticipatory and post public speaking anxiety: Contributing personal factors. Association for Psychological Science 29th Annual Convention, May 25 – 28, 2017, Boston, MA, USA. 
  • Campbell, H. & Mitchell, J. (2016). Assessing the ‘whole person’: Creating common rubrics to assess learning outcomes across the entire university experience. Council of Ontario Universities (COU) Learning Outcomes Symposium, Learning Outcomes: Evolution of Assessment, Oct. 17, 2016, Toronto, Ontario. 
  • Mitchell, J. (2013). Road tested: Real advice for forming international partnerships. Annual Meeting of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU), Washington, DC, February 2 – 4, 2013. 
  • Mitchell, J. (2013).  Invited workshop chair and moderator: Applying sustainability framework to assess learning outcomes. Learning Outcomes Assessment, Practically Speaking Symposium and Workshop. Toronto, Ontario, April 22-23, 2013. 

Areas of Teaching 

  • Personality Theory and Research 
  • Statistics 
  • Educational Psychology 
  • Neuroscience of Motivation and Emotion 
  • Introduction to Psychology 

Research Specialization

  • Stress, Coping, and Well-being: the interacting influences of personality, perfectionism, stress, and stress coping strategies on individuals’ health and well-being.
  • The lasting impact of bullying, especially relational bullying among youth.

Awards and Recognition

  • Brescia University College Award for Excellence in Teaching 
  • Dean’s Honour List for Teaching, Brescia University College (2003 – 19) 
  • Invited participant at the Great Teachers Seminar (May 7 – 9, 2014) 

Other Relevant Information

  • Served as the Academic Dean (2010 – 2013), Acting Academic Dean (2015 - 16), and Acting Vice-Principal and Academic Dean (2017 -18) at Brescia University College. 
  • Chair of Brescia Council, 2019 – present.