Faculty Profile: Daphne Koinis-Mitchell, PhD

Daphne Koinis-Mitchell
Daphne Koinis-Mitchell, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior (Research) and Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Research)
Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Work: 1-401-444-8945
Dr. Koinis-Mitchell's primary research interests involve the examination of how urban living and cultural-related factors impact children's chronic disease management, sleep and school functioning. She has focused much of her research on pediatric asthma health disparities, given the prevalance of asthma in urban settings and ethnic minority groups. 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.

Research Description

The primary research interests of Dr. Koinis Mitchell are identifying child-based, family/cultural, and neighborhood-related protective factors that may minimize children's experience of illness-related morbidity across the home and school settings. Her interests also include how context and cultural background influence chronic disease management. She has a particular interest in children with asthma and other allergic conditions. Her recent research has focused on children's sleep quality and school-related functioning.

Grants and Awards

Program Chair, International Society for the Advancement of Respiratory Psychophysiology, 2010-present

Program Committee Member, American Thoracic Society; Behavioral Science Assembly, 2008- present

Member, Asthma School Coalition. Rhode Island Department of Health. 2008-present.

Brown University Training Program: Diversity Committee; Co-Chair August, 2011-present; Member, September 2006- July 2. 2011; Chair of Faculty Cultural Competence Group February 2010-July 2011.

Editorial Review Board February 2010-present. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.


Member, American Thoracic Society

Member, Society for Research on Child Development

Member, American Psychological Association (APA), 1999-present

Member, Society for Research on Child Development, 2000-present

Member, Society for Pediatric Psychology, 2000-present

Member, International Society for the Advancement of Respiratory Psychophysiology, 2003-present

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.

Selected Publications

  • Boergers, J., & Koinis-Mitchell, D. Sleep and Culture in Children with Medical Conditions. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 35, 9, 915-926. (2010)
  • 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. (2009)
  • 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. (2007)
  • 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 . (2006)
  • 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. (2006)
  • 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. (2005)
  • 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. (2005)
  • 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. (2005)
  • 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. (2004)
  • 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. (2004)
  • Koinis Mitchell, D ., & Murdock, K. K. (2002). Self-Competence and Coping in Urban Children with Asthma. Children's Health Care, 31, 273-293. (2002)
  • 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. (1997)