David B. Mitchell, Ph.D.

Professor and Distinguished Scholar in Gerontology


Office: Prillaman Hall 4223

Phone: 470-578-2093

E-mail: dmitch37@kennesaw.edu



Academic Degrees




Child Psychology

University of Minnesota




Experimental Psychology

Wake Forest University





Furman University



Professional Experience




Professor and Distinguished Scholar in Gerontology; Department of Exercise Science and Sport Management; Kennesaw State University.


Spring 2011

Visiting Scientist, School of Psychology, Georgia Institute of Technology



Founding Director, Loyola University Chicago Center for Aging Studies



Associate Professor of Psychology, Loyola University Chicago



Director, Ph.D. Program in Developmental Psychology, Loyola University



Lecturer in Psychology, Lake Forest College



Associate Professor of Psychology, Southern Methodist University



Visiting Associate Professor of Psychology, Hebrew University



Assistant Professor of Psychology, Southern Methodist University



Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, Duke University Medical Center



Predoctoral Fellow, Center for Research in Human Learning, University of Minnesota



Lecturer in Psychology, Macalester College



Instructor in Child Development, University of Minnesota



Instructor in Psychology, Wake Forest University



  2012 WellStar College Distinguished Teaching Award
  2010 KSU Distinguished Research and Creative Activity Award
  2007 KSU Foundation Prize for Publication


Recent Professional Activities






  • Mitchell, D.B.  Global health of the older adult.  In C. Holtz (Ed.), Global Health Care: Issues and Policies (2nd Ed.).  Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, in press.

  • Mitchell, D.B. Unconscious perception. In H. Pashler (Ed.), Encyclopedia of the Mind. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, in press.

  • Bruss, P.J., & Mitchell, D.B.  Memory systems, processes, and tasks: Taxonomic clarification via factor analysis.  American Journal of Psychology, 2009, 122, 175-189.

  • Fazio, S., & Mitchell, D.B.  Persistence of self in individuals with Alzheimer’s disease: Evidence from language and visual recognition.  Dementia, 2009, 8, 39-59.

  • Romero, C., & Mitchell, D.B.  Forgiveness of interpersonal offenses in younger and older Roman Catholic women.  Journal of Adult Development, 2008, 15, 55-61.

  • Mitchell, D.B.  Global health of the older adult.  In C. Holtz (Ed.), Global Health Care: Issues and Policies (pp. 495-525).  Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2008.

  • Mitchell, D.B.  Nonconscious priming after 17 Years: Invulnerable implicit memory? Psychological Science, 2006, 17, 925-929.

  • Mitchell, D.B., & Schmitt, F.A. Short- and long-term implicit memory in aging and Alzheimer's disease. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 2006, 13, 611-635.

  • Burden, M.J., & Mitchell, D.B. Implicit memory development in school-aged children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): Conceptual priming deficit? Developmental Neuropsychology, 2005, 28, 779-807.

  • Mitchell, D.B., & Bruss, P. J. Age differences in implicit memory: Conceptual, perceptual, or methodological? Psychology and Aging, 2003, 18, 807-822.

  • Ziegler, R., & Mitchell, D.B. Aging and fear of crime: An experimental approach to an apparent paradox. Experimental Aging Research, 2003, 29, 173-187.


SERVICE: National, University, and Community

  • Faculty Development and Awards Committee, Kennesaw State University, 2010-2013

  • WellStar College Curriculum Committee, 2010-2011
  • Institutional Review Board, 2008-2010

  • Graduate Policy and Curriculum Committee, 2008-2010

  • Graduate Admissions Committee, HPS, Kennesaw State University, 2008-present

  • Chair, Gerontology M.A. Curriculum Committee, Kennesaw State University, 2005-2009

  • 10-Year Master Plan Committee, Cobb County Senior Services, 2005-2006

  • Advisory Board, Center for Active Retirement Education, Kennesaw State University, 2004-2012

  • Steering Committee, Consortium on Active Retirement and Aging, 2004-2009

  • Education Committee, Division 20 (Adult Development and Aging), American Psychological Association, 2001-present

  • Program Committee, Loyola Aging Conference and Film Festival, Loyola University and Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, 2000-2003

  • Lakeside Research Committee, Loyola University Chicago, 2001-2002

  • Service Learning Faculty Contact, Loyola University Chicago, 2000-2002

  • Council of Graduate School Programs, Loyola University Chicago, 1998-2001

  • Adult Guardianship Mediation Project Advisory Group, Center for Conflict Resolution, Chicago, 1999-2000


Professional Interests



Memory, Memory and Normal Aging, Memory and Alzheimer's Disease
Evidence of Preserved Self in Alzheimer's Disease
Physical and Psychological Benefits of Forgiveness
Teaching Methods


Teaching Responsibilities



HPS 3240 Physical Activity and Health Promotion for the Older Adult (guest lecturer)

HPS 4270 Research Methodology in Physical Activity
EHS 6630 Research Techniques in Applied Exercise and Health Science
Gerontological Nursing (team-taught)
Professional Development in Gerontology Certificate Program (guest lecturer)
Registered Nurse Refresher/ReEntry Program (guest lecturer)