Alison Mitchell

Doctoral Student, Smith College School for Social Work
Adjunct Instructor, University of Maine
Chapter Member: Maine SSN

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About Alison

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.

In the News

"A Promise to Grow Jobs, Shrink Government that No Maine Politician is Making," Alison Mitchell, Bangor Daily News, October 1, 2014.
"Fact and Fiction about Maine's Drug-Affected Babies," Alison Mitchell, Bangor Daily News, March 18, 2014.
"Making Sense of Health Care Dollars," Alison Mitchell, Bangor Daily News, March 25, 2013.
"Orono Panels Make Poor Consolidation Choice," Alison Mitchell, Bangor Daily News, December 17, 2007.


"Maine Kinship Connections Project Replication Manual," (with Jennifer Crittenden, Winston Turner, and David Wihry), Maine Kinship Connections Project, November 30, 2012.
Provides a blueprint for implementing the core tenets of The Maine Kinship Connections Project, which aimed to better support the growing population of extended family members caring for children in Maine and nationwide. The project’s goals included helping children and families gain access to comprehensive formal and informal resources, creating system-level changes aimed at enhancing family team meetings and family finding efforts within the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and related community agencies, increasing knowledge and awareness of kinship caregiving throughout the service network, and evaluating the efficacy of services delivered through the grant project.