Mitchell is a part-time mental health clinician and a part-time instructor at the University of Maine School of Social Work. She is currently pursuing doctoral studies at the Smith College School for Social Work. Ms. Mitchell combines clinical and research experience in her work focusing on substance-affected children and families. She was previously employed as a research assistant at the University of Maine Center on Aging as a member of the evaluation team for a Children’s Bureau-funded grant supporting infants and children affected by caregiver substance abuse in two counties in Maine. Ms. Mitchell also serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocates for children (CASA) volunteer guardian ad litem for children in protection cases, and was formerly a K-12 educator and administrator.