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Personal Biographical Information

Kenneth Mitchell, Ph.D.

Academic Preparation and Contributions  

Dr. Mitchell's formal academic preparation includes a Bachelors of Science with a major in Psychology from The Ohio State University, a Masters of Education with a major in Rehabilitation Counseling from Bowling Green State University and was awarded the Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University with a major in Counselor Education/Rehabilitation Psychology.

He served for seven years (1975 -1982) as an assistant and tenured associate professor in the School of Medicine, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, UNC-CH Graduate School with a joint appoint in the Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill..

Dr. Mitchell has contributed as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Case Western University Medical School’s Department of Rheumatology, as well as the Ohio State University, School of Medicine, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation from 1982 - 1992 . Dr. Mitchell has served as a visiting faculty member at the University of North Carolina, Duke University Occupational Health Education and Resource Center as well as, the University of Tennessee – Chattanooga, Department of Exercise Science.

Currently, Dr. Mitchell serves as a research consultant to Cardiff University – Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Management Research – Cardiff, Wales.

Administrative Activities

Dr. Mitchell's administrative positions include serving as the Rehabilitation Director for the Ohio Industrial Commission from 1982 to 1984. Beginning in 1984 through 1997 Dr. Mitchell was the President of the National Rehabilitation Planners and the Executive Director of the International Center for Industry, Labor and Rehabilitation, a private non-profit research and education group.

Following 12 years as Vice President, Health & Productivity Development, and Dr. Mitchell recently retired from the Unum Group, a large international disability insurer. In this position, Dr. Mitchell provided leadership in developing innovative solutions to emerging health and productivity predicaments in the workplace. He developed Unum’s return to work pathways, a web based process of lining work capacity to job demands. He also served as the principle investigator for Unum’s studies: The Health and Productivity of the Aging Work Force; the Quality of Work Life of Cancer Survivors; the Unum Behavioral Health Productivity Stud.

Dr. Mitchell now serves as the managing partner for the newly created WorkRx Group, Ltd, a private health and productivity development group.

Recent Consultations  

From 2006 through 2007 Dr. Mitchell provided consultation to the US Social Security Administration's Advisory Board’s 21 Century SSDI project, as well as the US General Accountability Office (GAO) work group on the aging work force. Dr. Mitchell testified to the Social Security Compassionate Allowance Task Force. Currently, Dr. Mitchell serves as an advisor to the National Traumatic Brian Injury (TBI) Resource Center, Bethesda. Maryland
Selected Program Development Projects: Dr. Mitchell has provided health and productivity development consultation to the following organizations:

• OhioHealth., Columbus, Ohio
• Sutter Health Systems, Sacramento, Ca
• Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio
• The U.S. Army Health Services Command
• M&M/Mars North American, Hackettstown, NJ
• Merck & Co. Manufacturing - National Sales
• Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Chicago
• Weyerhaeuser Corporation, Seattle, WA

Research Projects

 Dr. Mitchell has served as the Principle or Co-Principle Investigator for the following externally funded health and productivity projects.

• Department of Education, The Industrial Rheumatology Rehabilitation Services, September, 1980-August 1983, a model program to aid the arthritis patient in industry - $450,000. Principal investigator, Kenneth Mitchell.

• Work Disability, Disability Management and the Older Worker, U.S. Department of Education, National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research, August 1, 1985 - July 31, 1988, Kenneth Mitchell, Ph.D. Principal Investigator. $500,000 award

• Alternatives to Disability Retirement - Phase II - An 18 month development Contract with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, The Social Security Administration, January 1, 1986 - July 31, 1987. Primary Contractor, International Center for Industry, Labor and Rehabilitation, Kenneth Mitchell, Ph.D.,

• Vocational Adjustment and End-Stage Renal Disease, A two year project to investigate the vocational adjustment and the impact of a specialized work readiness program for individuals on SSDI and ESRD. Social Security Administration; October 1, 1987 - September 30, 1989, Principal Investigator, Martin Schreiber, M.D. Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Co-Principal Investigator, Kenneth Mitchell, Ph.D. International Center for Industry, Labor and Rehabilitation.

• U.S. Army Health Services Command - Occupational Health and Industrial Rehabilitation Development Program. U.S. Army Surgeon Generals Office, Washington D.C. August 1990 to September 1992. Project Coordinator.
Academic and Continuing Education Courses Developed

– University of North Carolina – CH Graduate/Undergraduate Departments of Allied Health and Psychology: The Psychology of Injury, Illness and Chronic Disease

– University of Tennessee- Chattanooga Graduate/Undergraduate Exercise Science/ Athletic Trainers program, The Psychology of Injury, Illness and Chronic Disease

– Society of Human Resource Management – Quality of Work Life for Cancer Survivors

– Society of Human Resource Management - The Motivation Paradox: Work, Disability and Being Stuck

– Society of Human Resource Management – The Health & Productivity of the Aging Worker

Selected Bibliography

Mitchell, K. “Principals of Vocational Rehabilitation: A Contemporary View: Treatment and Rehabilitation of Ischemic Heart Disease. New York: Williams and Wilkins, 1980. Charles Long, M.D., Editor

Mitchell, K. “The Aging Workforce and the Politics of Incapacity in the proceedings of the Eleventh Mary W. Switzer Seminar; the Aging Work Force: Implications for Rehabilitation. May, 1987.

Mitchell, K. “An Employer Based Disability Management Model:, In the Proceedings of the Statewide Conference - New Directions in Worker’s Compensation in Western Australia, July 14, 1988, Worker’s Compensation and Rehabilitation Commission, Perth, Western Australia.

Mitchell, K.... Of Working Age: A Work Prescription for the Older Worker. Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation. Aspen Press, pp 235 -250 August 1994

Mitchell, K. Editor, The Medical Management of the Injured Worker. A Single Day CME program for Family Practice Physicians. A Cooperative Program with the Ohio State University, School of Medicine, Department of Family and Occupational Medicine, April, 1997

Mitchell, K.; Dance of the Invisible Impairments: Chronic Pain and the Disability Insurance Industry: American Society of Chronic Pain, Fall Newsletter, And September, 2000

Mitchell, K. Best Practices for Creating an Effective Return to Work Program. Compensation & Benefits Management, Vol. 10 # 3 Summer 2002

Mitchell, K. Integrated Disability Management, Negotiating the Politics of Integrated Disability Management, Journal of Worker’s Compensation, Vol. 11, No. 3, spring 2002

Mitchell, K. The Benefits Challenge: Defining the Impact of Disability, Lost time and medical Costs. White Paper, UnumProvident Corporation, March 2003

Mitchell, K Managing the Psychological Side of Injury & Illness: Become a “Coping Coach” Athletic Therapy Today, December, 2003

Mitchell, K Managing Lost Time in the Health Care Industry, Outcomes and Impacts, October, 2004

Mitchell, K The Aging American Workforce: Realities & Opportunities Outcomes & Impacts, July, 2005.

Mitchell, K Obesity - Employers Can Battle the Epidemic WorkSpan May pp 30 – 35 Publisher WorldatWork, 2005

Mitchell, K Productive Aging: A New Life Stage, WorldatWork Journal, Publisher, WorldatWork, January - March, 2006

Mitchell, K Lost Time Predictors: The Employer’s Guide to Managing the Health & Productivity Connection Outcomes & Impacts, Spring 2006.

Mitchell, K Creating New Horizons: Productive Aging as a Corporate Strategy, WorldatWork Journal, Publisher, WorldatWork, fall, 2006
Mitchell, K Beyond the Disease: A Quality of Work Life Study of Cancer Survivors, Unum Research White Paper. Spring, 2008

Mitchell, K Social Security Administration Compassionate Allowance Outreach Hearing for Cancers, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, Massachusetts
Testimony - April 7, 2008

Mitchell, K, Beyond the Disease: A Quality of Work Life Study of Cancer Survivors, Employee Benefit News, September 23, 2008

Mitchell, K, The Motivation Paradox: Work, Disability and Being Stuck, The WorkRx Group, Columbus, Ohio, August, 2009

Mitchell, K Behavioral Health & Disability Insurance: A Perspective in The Handbook of Behavioral Health Disability: Innovations in Prevention and Management, Pamela Warren, Ph.D. Editor, Springer Publishing, In Press, 2010

Contact Information

Kenneth Mitchell, Ph.D.
Managing Partner
WorkRx Group, Ltd.
Worthington, Ohio