Brenda Mitchell, PhD

Clinical Associate Professor Brenda Mitchell
Associate Chair of Department of Allied Health Sciences Office of Student Services and AHEC Operations
Phone: (919) 966-9038
Fax: (919 )966-8384


  • PhD, NC A&T State University 2013
  • MS, Pennsylvania State University 1980
  • BA, South Carolina State College 1978

Personal Statement

I am passionate about mentoring students. I vividly recall being a student and having mentors who made significant contributions to my success. As the result, I am delighted to be in a position to recognize qualities in students who have the potential for success and assist them.

As the Associate Chair for Student Services in the Department of Allied Health Sciences, I am able to use my professional background in Speech Language Pathology to mentor students as well as work with various communication challenges. One aspect of my work is to focus on promoting the unique disciplines of our department and recruit students. Our office also collects and maintains pertinent data for and about Allied Health students and assists with the financial, academic and social concerns of students. Another key contribution to the department is to serve as the liaison between the department and the North Carolina AHEC (Area Health Education Centers). I work closely with individuals throughout the state who promote continuing education of health professionals, student clinical experiences and recruiting students into the allied health professions.

In addition, I maintain a faculty appointment in the Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences. This appointment affords me the opportunity to teach pre-professional students while recruiting them into speech and hearing sciences. Throughout my 20+ years of work experience as a Speech Language Pathologist, I have worked with a wide range of adults and children with communication disorders. Through this leadership role, I am able to pass the torch to the next generation of allied health professionals.

Courses Taught

  • SPHS 583: Introduction to Communication Disorders (2005 – currently)
  • SPHS 352 - Module 3: Cognitive Linguistic Processing Disorders in Adults (2004)
  • SPHS 345: Diagnostics and Intervention in Speech Language Pathology (2000-02)

Recent Publications

Mitchell, B., Wyre, D., (2017). Great minds don’t think alike, they communicate to collaborate. Journal of the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing. 12(1)

Mitchell, B., Harmon, T., & Weinberg, A., (2016). Learning by doing. The ASHA Leader. 21(11).

Recent Presentations

Mitchell, B. (2014). Undergraduate Course Peer Mentoring: Does it Work? National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing Convention. Session MS 38. Charlotte, NC.

Mitchell, B. (2013). The Relationship of Peer Mentoring to Academic Success and Social Engagement. University of New Mexico Mentoring Conference. Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Mitchell, B. (2012). Health Affairs Pipeline Initiative (HAPI) at UNC-CH. North Carolina Health Professions Diversity Conference. Session 1B.Greensboro, NC. 

Mitchell, B. (2010). Mentoring in Higher Education: The Protégé’s Perspective. Poster Session. Association of Schools of Allied Health Professionals, Charlotte, NC.

Mayo, C .Mitchell, B., Scott, H., Innovative Student Recruitment Strategies in Allied Health Sciences: The NC ARC Initiative; AHEC National Convention, Omaha, NE Spring '06.

Mitchell, B., Can You Judge a Students’ Success by the Admissions Scores? NAGAP (National Association of Graduate Admissions Professionals – Boston, MA Spring '04)

Mitchell, B, Thorpe, R., Building Seamless Pipelines of Access, Retention and Completion to Careers in Allied Health Professions, ASAHP (Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions – Tampa FL Fall '04)

NC-ARC Presentation - The Council for Allied Health in North Carolina, Fall '03

Research/Clinical Interests

I am interested in issues pertaining to academic and workforce diversity, trends in students’ academic success and adult language disorders.