Population, Neurodevelopment and Genetics program

Colter Mitchell

Colter MitchellResearch Associate Professor

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2480 ISR
426 Thompson St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104



 Dr. Mitchell’s research utilizes a range of biological data types such as epigenetics, neuroimaging, and genetics to better understand how social conditions shape population health. In particular his work uses these biomarkers to elucidate pathways by which social inequalities cause health inequalities. This research uses longitudinal population-based studies where biological data are collected at multiple timepoints. His research also includes the development of new methods for integrating the collection and analysis of biological and social data. Dr. Mitchell is the current Director of the Population, Neurodevelopment and Genetics Program. In addition, he co-directs the ISR Biospecimen Lab as well as the Genomics for Social Scientists workshop, which helps familiarize researchers with genetic data and provides hands-on training on incorporating genetic information into social science analyses.


  • Guzman JM, Boone MH, Suarez GL, Mitchell C, et al. Relationship between COVID-related stressors and internalizing symptoms: gendered neuroendocrine risk profiles. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2024;159:106668. doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2023.106668
  • Meier HCS, Mitchell C, Karadimas T, Faul JD. Systemic inflammation and biological aging in the Health and Retirement Study. Geroscience. 2023;45(6):3257-3265. doi:10.1007/s11357-023-00880-9
  • Raffington L, Schneper L, Mallard T,…Mitchell C, et al. Salivary epigenetic measures of body mass index and social determinants of health across childhood and adolescence. JAMA Pediatr. 2023;177(10):1047-1054. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2023.3017
  • Reiner A, Bakulski KM, Fisher JD,…Mitchell C, et al. Sex-specific DNA methylation in saliva from the multi-ethnic Future of Families and Child Wellbeing Study. Epigenetics. 2023;18(1):2222244. doi:10.1080/15592294.2023.2222244
  • Lussier AA, Zhu Y, Smith BJ,…Mitchell C, et al. Association between the timing of childhood adversity and epigenetic patterns across childhood and adolescence: findings from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) prospective cohort. Lancet Child Adolesc Health. 2023;7(8):532-543. doi:10.1016/S2352-4642(23)00127-X
  • Hardi FA, Goetschius LG, Tillem S,…Mitchell C, et al. Early childhood household instability, adolescent structural neural network architecture, and young adulthood depression: A 21-year longitudinal study. Dev Cogn Neurosci. 2023;61:101253. doi:10.1016/j.dcn.2023.101253
  • Tillem S, Dotterer HL, Goetschius LG,…Mitchell C, et al. Antisocial behavior is associated with reduced frontoparietal network efficiency in youth. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2023;18(1):nsad026. doi:10.1093/scan/nsad026
  • Dunn EC, Busso DS, Davis KA,…Mitchell C, et al. Sensitive periods for the effect of child maltreatment on psychopathology symptoms in adolescence. Complex Psychiatry. 2023;9(1-4):145-153. doi:10.1159/000530120
  • Hardi FA, Goetschius LG, McLoyd V,…Mitchell C, et al. Adolescent functional network connectivity prospectively predicts adult anxiety symptoms related to perceived COVID-19 economic adversity. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2023;64(6):918-929. doi:10.1111/jcpp.13749
  • Qian W, Zhang C, Piersiak HA, Humphreys KL, Mitchell C. Biomarker adoption in developmental science: a data-driven modelling of trends from 90 biomarkers across 20 years. Infant Child Dev. 2024;33(1):e2366. doi:10.1002/icd.2366