Jason W. Mitchell

Dr. Jason W. Mitchell, Assistant Professor

Jason W. Mitchell, MPH, PhD

Assistant Professor
Division of Health Promotion and Risk Reduction (Div. II)
Room 3343

University of Michigan School of Nursing
400 North Ingalls Building
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5482

Telephone: (734) 647-0349
Fax: (734) 647-0351

Scholarly Expertise / Activity


  • HIV prevention interventions
  • Gay male couples
  • HIV risk-related behaviors
  • Advanced data collection and analytic methods

Dr. Mitchell research interest focuses on the challenges and opportunities for HIV prevention among male couples. Specifically, he uses advanced methods to assess how risky behaviors (e.g., drug use with sex, low rates of condom use) and relationship dynamics of communication, commitment, intimacy, power, sexual agreements, and trust affect male couples’ risk and vulnerability for acquiring HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Moreover, he uses dyadic-focused methodology to examine the extent male couples concur about dynamics of their relationship and allowed sexual behaviors, and how discrepancies within their relationship may increase the individuals and couples’ risk for HIV and STIs. In sum, he aims to unravel how relationship dynamics could be used to bolster HIV prevention with male couples, particularly when combined with other biomedical and behavioral preventive approaches, including couples testing, PrEP, PEP, and seroadaptive behaviors.

Current Research Grants and Programs:

  • Development of a HIV Prevention Toolkit for at-risk HIV-negative Male Couples, 1R34MH102098-01, NIMH, 09/01/2013-08/30/2016, PI


Dr. Mitchell currently teaches NURS 225 (Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic), NURS 802 (Epidemiology) and NURS 862 (Health Behavior: Theoretical and Methodological Issues). His teaching philosophy and pedagogy focuses on students being active learners to enhance their ability to think critically. Through different assignments and team-based learning activities, Dr. Mitchell encourages students to analyze content and apply their knowledge to evaluate emerging and current nursing science in a variety of disciplines. 

Notable Awards / Honors

  • Faculty merit award for scholarship activity, University of Michigan School of Nursing, 2013
  • Ruth L. Kirchstein NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for AIDS Intervention Research, Medical College of Wisconsin, 2010-2012
  • Honorable Mention, Excellence in Abstract Submission for Next Generation of HIV/AIDS Scholars, American Public Health Association, 2010
  • Ruth Gill-Hammond Dissertation Fellowship, Oregon State University, 2009-2010


  • PhD, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR 2010
  • MPH, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, HI 2005
  • BS, Widener University, Chester, PA 2000

Publication Highlights

  • Mitchell, J. W. & Horvath, K. (2013, in press). Factors associated with regular HIV testing among a sample of US MSM with HIV-negative main partners. Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.
  • Mitchell, J. W. (2013, in press). Gay male couples’ attitudes toward using couples-based voluntary HIV counseling and testing (CVCT). Archives of Sexual Behavior.
  • Mitchell, J. W. (2013). Characteristics and allowed behaviors of gay male couples’ sexual agreements. Journal of Sex Research. DOI: 10.1080/00224499.2012.727915.
  • Mitchell, J. W. (2013). HIV-negative and HIV-discordant gay male couples' use of HIV risk-reduction strategies: Differences by partner type and couples' HIV-status. AIDS and Behavior, 17(4), 1557-69. DOI: 10.1007/s10461-012-0388-6.
  • Mitchell, J. W. & Petroll, A. E. (2013). Factors associated with men in HIV-negative gay male couples who practiced UAI within and outside of their relationship. AIDS and Behavior, 17(4), 1329-37. DOI: 10.1007/s10461-012-0255-5.
  • Mitchell, J. W., García, L. I., Champeau, D., Harvey, S. M., Petroll, A. E. (2012). HIV-negative seroconcordant gay male couple’s attitudes, intentions, and perceived behavioral control for planned condom use within and outside of their relationship. International Journal of Sexual Health. DOI: 10.1080/19317611.2012.707168
  • Mitchell, J. W., Moskowitz, D., & Seal, D. W. (2012). Understanding the agreements and behaviors of men who have sex with men who are dating or married to women: Implications for a universal HIV/STI testing protocol. International Public Health Journal, 4(4), 392-402.
  • Jesdale, B. M. & Mitchell, J. W. (2012). Reported excellent health among men in same-sex and mixed-sex couples: Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, 1993-2010. Journal of Homosexuality, 59(6), 788-807. DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2012.694755.
  • Mitchell, J. W. & Petroll, A. E. (2012). Patterns of HIV and STI testing among MSM couples in the U.S. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 39(11), 871 – 876. DOI: 10.1097/OLQ.0b013e3182649135.
  • Mitchell, J. W., Champeau, D., & Harvey, S. M. (2012). Actor-partner effects of demographic and relationship factors associated with HIV risk within gay male couples. Archives of Sexual Behavior. DOI: 10.1007/s10508-012-9985-8.
  • Mitchell, J. W. & Petroll, A. E. (2012). HIV testing rates and factors associated with recent HIV testing among male couples. Sexually Transmitted Diseases, 39(12), 1-3. DOI: 10.1097/OLQ.0b013e3182479108.
  • Mitchell, J. W., Harvey, S. M., Champeau, D., & Seal, D. W. (2012). Relationship factors associated with HIV Risk among a sample of gay male couples. AIDS and Behavior, 16(2), 404-411. DOI: 10.007/s10461-011-9976-0.
  • Mitchell, J. W., Harvey, S. M., Champeau, D., Moskowitz, D., & Seal, D. W. (2012). Relationship factors associated with gay male couples’ concordance on aspects of their sexual agreements: Establishment, type, and adherence. AIDS and Behavior, 16(6), 1560-1569. DOI: 10.1007/s10461-011-0064-2.