Personal Biographical Information|
Kenneth Mitchell, Ph.D.
Academic Preparation and
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
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.
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
Dr. Mitchell now serves as the managing partner for the newly created WorkRx
Group, Ltd, a private health and productivity development group.
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
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.
• 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,
• 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
• 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
– Society of Human Resource Management - The Motivation Paradox: Work,
Disability and Being Stuck
– Society of Human Resource Management – The Health & Productivity of the Aging
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,
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 www.workrxgroup.com, 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
Kenneth Mitchell, Ph.D.
WorkRx Group, Ltd.