Jane Timmons-Mitchell, PhD

Senior Research Associate
Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
School of Medicine

Dr. Timmons-Mitchell's work involves researching and disseminating evidence-based practices for children, youth, and families and serves as Principal Investigator for projects such as the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation SAMHSA grant, fidelity monitoring for the Ohio Department of Youth Services Targeted Reclaim and Cuyahoga County Tapestry System of Care.

She is also an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry with the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and is a member of the Adjunct Faculty with the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences where she teaches a graduate course on Practice Evaluation, showing students how to design evaluation for evidence based practice implementation.

Dr. Timmons-Mitchell received her bachelor’s degree Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Psychology from Wellesley College and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Psychology and Clinical Psychology from Case Western Reserve University.

A child clinical psychologist, Dr. Timmons-Mitchell began her own practice, Junction Psychological Services Corporation, in 2001. She has also worked extensively on Multisystemic Therapy (MST) projects, as a therapist, supervisor, program director, researcher, and consultant. From 2008-2011, she served as the Associate Director of Evaluation and Research at the Center for Innovative Practices (CIP) at Kent State University.

She also served as the Associate Director of Evaluation and Research and MST System Supervisor with the Stark County Community Mental Health Board. Her research on MST provided the first independent evidence of effectiveness in the U.S.; these findings are included in the MST training worldwide and have been widely disseminated. Additionally, she has been the Evaluator for the Garrett Lee Smith Suicide Prevention grant to the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (SAMHSA) since 2011. For the past two years, she has worked on the grants at The Cleveland Clinic related to epilepsy, mental health, and depression.

Her work on the Safe Schools Healthy Students grant from the U.S. Department of Education earned an Honorable Mention, SAMHSA Administrator’s Award, for expanding availability of evidence-based mental health services. Her clinical effectiveness trial of Multisystemic Therapy, published in June 2006 in The Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, was the first independent replication of MST with juvenile offenders in the United States.

Dr. Timmons-Mitchell’s biography is included in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare.

Curriculum Vitae

Q: Why is your work at the Begun Center important to you, to our community, and to the world? I have always had a strong commitment to integrating clinical, research and policy work to better the lives of young people.  Through my work at the Begun Center on suicide prevention, community-based services for juvenile justice and child welfare involved youth, I strive to meet the child advocacy standard: to make available for all children what I would want for my own.

Q: What is a cause about which you are particularly passionate? Gun violence prevention; preventing out of home placement for youth who can be served in their homes and communities.


Selected Publications

What You Should Know About Mental Health in Youth with Epilepsy: A Resource for Parents
Tatiana Falcone, MD and Jane Timmons-Mitchell, Ph.D
In Collaboration with The Cleveland Clinic

To help parents and care givers better navigate elusive and often horrifying landscape of epilepsy and its mental health effects, the took kit is an information booklet and CD answering questions involving children’s medical and psychological issues. The information includes sections on child development, epilepsy and mental health, treatment and interventions and medical resources.


Selected Presentations

"Mental Wellness Promotion: Prevention and Treatment" (Webinar), October 20, 2016.

"Psychogenic Non-Epileptic Seizures" (Webinar), August 12, 2015.

"Anxiety." Project CARE4E" (Webinar), August 1st, 2015..

"Project Care Teens with Epilepsy: Helping Teens Transition to Adulthood." Project Care4E Webinar on November 6, 2014.

"Stigma In Neurological Conditions of Childhood: Bullying.“ 23rd International Epilepsy Conference, Case Western Reserve University on October 9, 2014.

“Mental Wellness and Promotion.” Prevention and Treatment. Cleveland Clinic on October 7, 2014.

“Teens and Epilepsy.” Project Care4E Webinar on October 2, 2014.

"Using Technology to Engage School and Community Mental Health Personnel.“ Kognito Gatekeepers Training. 19th Annual Conference on Advancing School-Based Mental Health on September 18, 2014.

"StandUp: A Newly-Developed Bullying Prevention Program." Opec Conference. Ohio Prevention and Early Intervention (OPEC) Conference on June 3, 2014“National Violent Death Registry System–Ohio.” Garett Lee Smith State and Tribal Suicide Prevention Grant Conference.

“Measuring the Counterfactual via Case Notes in an Evaluation of Homeless Prevention Programs.” Chicago, IL at Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Sociological Society.

“Measuring Wraparound in a System of Care Project.” Tampa, FL at Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference.

“Identifying Suicide Risk Factors in High School Adolescents a Retrospective Review of 176 Cases.” American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting.

“Screening for Suicidal Ideation and Behavior Among Children and Youth With Epilepsy.” American Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting.

“Project CARE4E: Coordination Access Resources Education for Patients with Epilepsy.” Washington DC at HRSA Grantee Meeting.

“Ohio’s Campaign for Hope Suicide Prevention Project: Results.” Chicago, IL at Midwest Injury Prevention Conference.

“Using Technology to Engage School and Community Mental Health Personnel in Addressing Students in Distress.” Pittsburgh, PI at 19th Annual Conference on School-Based Mental Health.

“Stigma in Neurological Conditions of Childhood Bullying.” Cleveland, OH at 23rd International Epilepsy Conference.

“Wraparound Fidelity Monitoring: Using Process to Improve Outcomes in the Child Welfare System.” Cleveland, OH at Case Western Reserve University Showcase.

“Wraparound Fidelity Monitoring: Using Process to Improve Outcomes in the Child Welfare System.” Tampa, FL at the 28th Annual Research Conference Proceedings: Children’s Mental Health Research and Policy Conference.

“What is New in Suicide Prevention? Youth Suicide Prevention.” American Psychiatric Association Meeting.