From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

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Staff Member Biography

Kirstin Mitchell

Kirstin Mitchell

Contact Details

email:
phone: 0141 353 7514

Address

MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit,
University of Glasgow,
Top floor,
200, Renfield Street
Glasgow
G2 3QB

Biography and Interests

Kirstin is a social scientist and primarily a qualitative researcher. She started out by studying humans from a multi-disciplinary perspective (BSc in Human Sciences at Oxford) and went on to focus on humans and health (MSc in Health Promotion at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; LSHTM) and subsequently on sexual health (PhD at LSHTM). Her early career interests were on UK sexual health issues (working as a junior researcher at LSHTM), but with time this interest broadened to Africa, in particular Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia (she lived in all three for a total period of 13 years). She spent several years working for non-government organisations  (NGOs), as HIV Programme Co-ordinator for an international NGO in Uganda and as a Research and Evaluation Officer for the HIV/AIDS Alliance in Brighton, UK.  She was a Lecturer at the LSHTM from 2008 to 2015, leading a survey component focused on sexual function and well-being for the third British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-3).

Kirstin joined the University of Glasgow in September 2015 and currently leads a theme of research on intimate and sexual relationships within the Relationship and Health Improvement programme. She chairs the Staff Development and Learning group in SPHSU, with a focus on teaching and short courses.

Publications

2017

Keevil BG, Clifton S, Tanton C, Macdowall W, Copas AJ, Lee D, Field N, Mitchell KR. Distribution of salivary testosterone in men and women in a british general population-based sample: The Third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-3). Journal of the Endocrine Society 2017;1:14–25

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Mitchell KR, Geary R, Graham CA, Datta J, Wellings K, Sonnenberg P, Field N, Nunns D, Bancroft J, Jones KG, Johnson AM, Mercer CH. Painful sex (dyspareunia) in women: prevalence and associated factors in a British population probability survey. British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2017;[epub ahead of print]

2016

Field N, Prah P, Mercer CH, Rait G, King M, Cassell J.A, Tanton C. Are depression and poor sexual health neglected comorbidities? Evidence from a population sample. BMJ Open 2016;6:e010521

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Mitchell KR, Geary R, Graham C, Clifton S, Mercer CH, Lewis R, Macdowall W, Datta J, Johnson AM, Wellings K. Sexual function in 16 to 21 year olds in Britain. Journal of Adolescent Health 2016;59:422–428

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Sorhaindo A, Bonell C, Fletcher A, Jessiman P, Keogh P, Mitchell K. Being targeted: young women's experience of being identified for a teenage pregnancy prevention programme. Journal of Adolescence 2016;49:181-190

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Sorhaindo A, Fletcher A, Jessiman P, Keogh P, Bonell C, Mitchell K. Young women’s lived experience of participating in a positive youth development programme: The “Teens and Toddlers” pregnancy prevention intervention. Health Education Journal 2016;116:356 - 371

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2015

Homfray V, Tanton C, Mitchell KR, Miller RF, Field , Macdowall W, Wellings K, Sonnenberg P, Johnson AM, Mercer CH. Examining the association between male circumcision and sexual function: evidence from a British probability survey. Aids 2015;29:1411-1416

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Jones KG, Johnson AM, Wellings K, Sonnenberg P, Field N, Tanton C, Erens B, Clifton S, Datta J, Mitchell KR, Prah P, Mercer CH. The prevalence of, and factors associated with, paying for sex among men resident in Britain: findings from the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-3). Sexually Transmitted Infections 2015;91:116-123

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Jones KG, Mitchell KR, Ploubidis GB, Wellings K, Datta J, Johnson AM, Mercer CH. The Natsal-SF Measure of Sexual Function: comparison of three scoring methods. Journal of Sex Research 2015;52:640-646

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Macdowall W, Jones KG, Tanton C, Clifton S, Copas AJ, Mercer CH, Palmer MJ, Lewis R, Datta J, Mitchell KR, Field N, Sonnenberg P, Johnson AM, Wellings K. Associations between source of information about sex and sexual health outcomes in Britain: findings from the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-3). Bmj Open 2015;5

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Mitchell K, Jones KG, Wellings K, Johnson AM, Graham C, Datta J, Copas AJ, Bancroft J, Sonnenberg P, Macdowall W, Field N, Mercer CH. Estimating the prevalence of sexual function problems: the impact of morbidity criteria. Journal of Sex Research 2015;53:955-967

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Mitchell KR, Prah P, Mercer CH, Datta J, Tanton C, Macdowall W, Copas AJ, Clifton S, Sonnenberg P, Field , Johnson AM, Wellings K. Medicated sex in Britain: evidence from the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles. Sexually transmitted infections 2015;91:32-8

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Tanton C, Jones KG, Macdowall W, Clifton S, Mitchell KR, Datta J, Lewis R, Field N, Sonnenberg P, Stevens A, Wellings K, Johnson AM, Mercer CH. Patterns and trends in sources of information about sex among young people in Britain: evidence from three National Surveys of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles. Bmj Open 2015;5

2014

Erens B, Burkill S, Couper MP, Conrad F, Clifton S, Tanton C, Phelps A, Datta J, Mercer CH, Sonnenberg P, Prah P, Mitchell KR, Wellings K, Johnson AM, Copas J. Nonprobability web surveys to measure sexual behaviors and attitudes in the general population: a comparison with a probability sample interview survey. Journal of Medical Internet Research 2014;16:98-111

Erens B, Phelps A, Clifton S, Mercer CH, Tanton C, Hussey D, Sonnenberg P, Macdowall W, Field N, Datta J, Mitchell K, Copas AJ, Wellings K, Johnson AM. Methodology of the third British National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-3). Sexually Transmitted Infections 2014;90:84-89

Mitchell KR, Wellings KA, Graham C. How do men and women define sexual desire and sexual arousal?. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy 2014;40:17-32

2013

Field N, Mercer CH, Sonnenberg P, Tanton C, Clifton S, Mitchell KR, Erens B, Macdowall W, Wu F, Datta J, Jones KG, Stevens A, Prah P, Copas AJ, Phelps A, Wellings K, Johnson AM. Associations between health and sexual lifestyles in Britain: findings from the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-3). The Lancet 2013;382:1830-1844

Macdowall W, Gibson LJ, Tanton C, Mercer CH, Lewis R, Clifton S, Field N, Datta J, Mitchell KR, Sonnenberg P, Erens B, Copas AJ, Phelps A, Prah P, Johnson AM, Wellings K. Lifetime prevalence, associated factors, and circumstances of non-volitional sex in women and men in Britain: findings from the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-3). The Lancet 2013;382:1845-1855

Mitchell KR, Mercer CH, Ploubidis GB, Jones KG, Datta J, Field N, Copas AJ, Tanton C, Erens B, Sonnenberg P, Clifton S, Macdowall W, Phelps A, Johnson AM, Wellings K. Sexual function in Britain: findings from the third National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal-3). The Lancet 2013;382:1817-1829

Mitchell KR, Wellings K. Measuring sexual function in community surveys: development of a conceptual framework. Journal of Sex Research 2013;50:17-28

Vyankandondera J, Mitchell K, Asiimwe-Kateera B, Boer K, Mutwa P, Balinda JP, van Straten M, Reiss P, van de Wijgert J. Antiretroviral therapy drug adherence in Rwanda: perspectives from patients and healthcare workers using a mixed-methods approach. Aids Care-Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of Aids/Hiv 2013;25:1504-1512

2012

French R, Mitchell K. Sexual Health Services. In: Wellings K, Mitchell K, Collumbein M, editors Sexual health: a public health perspective. Oxford University Press, 2012:xiii, 203 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm..

Garcia-Moreno C, Mitchell K, Wellings K. Sexual violence. In: Wellings K, Mitchell k, Collumbein M, editors Sexual health: a public health perspective. Maidenhead: Oxford University Press, 2012:xiii, 203 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm..

Ingabire MC, Mitchell K, Veldhuijen N, Umulisa MM, Nyinawabega J, Kestelyn E, Van Steijn M, Van de Wijgert J, Pool R. Joining and leaving sex work: Recounting stories of women in Kigali, Rwanda. Culture, Health and Sexuality 2012;14:1037-47

Mitchell K, Wellings K, Zuurmond M. Young People. In: Wellings K, Mitchell K, Collumbein M, editors Sexual health: a public health perspective . Oxford University Press, 2012:xiii, 203 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm..

Mitchell K. Sexual function, pleasure and satisfaction. In: Wellings K, Mitchell K, Collumbein M, editors Sexual health: a public health perspective. Maidenhead: Oxford University Press, 2012:xiii, 203 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm..

Mitchell KR, Ploubidis GB, Datta J, Wellings K. The Natsal-SF: a validated measure of sexual function for use in community surveys. European Journal of Epidemiology 2012;27:409-418

Wellings K, Mitchell K, Collumbien M. Sexual health: a public health perspective. Maidenhead: Open University Press, 2012.

2011

Mitchell KR, King M, Nazareth I, Wellings K. Managing sexual difficulties: a qualitative investigation of coping strategies. Journal of Sex Research 2011;48:325-333

Mitchell KR, Wellings K, Nazareth I, King M, Mercer CH, Johnson AM. Scripting sexual function: a qualitative investigation. Sociology of Health & Illness 2011;33:540-553

2009

Mitchell KR, Mercer CH, Wellings K, Johnson AM. Prevalence of low sexual desire among women in britain: associated factorss. Journal of Sexual Medicine 2009;6:2434-2444

2008

Mitchell K, Graham CA. Two challenges for the classification of sexual dysfunction. Journal of Sexual Medicine 2008;5:1552-1558

Mitchell K, King M, Nazareth I. Taking it personally: understanding the variation in responses to sexual difficulties. Journal of Sex Research 2008;45:97-97

2007

Kirstin M, Monica N, Juliet Ol. How effective are street youth peer educators? Lessons learned from an HIV/AIDS prevention programme in urban Uganda. Health Education 2007;107:364-376

Mitchell K, Wellings K, Elam G, Erens B, Fenton K, Johnson A. How can we facilitate reliable reporting in surveys of sexual behaviour? Evidence from qualitative research. Culture Health & Sexuality 2007;9:519-531

2006

Macdowall W, Mitchell K. Sexual health communication: Letting young people have their say. In: Ingham R, Aggleton P, editors Contextualizing Young People’s Sexuality; Sexual health in developing country settings. London: Routledge, 2006.

2002

Kamali A, Kinsman J, Nalweyiso N, Mitchell K, Kanyesigye E, Kengeya-Kayondo JF, Carpenter LM, Nunn A, Whitworth JAG. A community randomized controlled trial to investigate impact of improved STD management and behavioural interventions on HIV incidence in rural Masaka, Uganda: trial design, methods and baseline findings. Tropical Medicine & International Health 2002;7:1053-1063

Mitchell K, Nakamanya S, Kamali A, Whitworth JAG. Balancing rigour and acceptability: the use of HIV incidence to evaluate a community-based randomised trial in rural Uganda. Social Science & Medicine 2002;54:1081-1091

Mitchell K, Nakamanya S, Kamali A, Whitworth JAG. Exploring the community response to a randomized controlled HIV/AIDS Intervention trial in rural Uganda. Aids Education and Prevention 2002;14:207-216

Mitchell K, Wellings K. The role of ambiguity in sexual encounters between young people in England. Culture Health & Sexuality 2002;4:393-408

2001

Fenton KA, Copas A, Mitchell K, Elam G, Carder C, Ridgway G, Wellings K, Erens B, Field J, Johnson AM. The acceptability of urinary LCR testing for Chlamydia trachomatis among participants in a probability sample survey of sexual attitudes and lifestyles. Sexually transmitted infections 2001;77:194-8

Mitchell K, Nakamanya S, Kamali A, Whitworth JAG. Community-based HIV/AIDS education in rural Uganda: which channel is most effective?. Health Education Research 2001;16:411-423

2000

Branigan P, Mitchell K. The role of focus groups in evaluation. In: Coombes Y, Thorogood M, editors Evaluating health promotion. practice and methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Kirsten M, Patrick B. Using focus groups to evaluate health promotion interventions. Health Education 2000;100:261-268

Kirsten M, Patrick B. Using focus groups to evaluate health promotion interventionsnull. Health Education 2000;100:261-268

Thorogood M, Coombes Y. Evaluating health promotion : practice and methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000.

Wellings K, Branigan P, Mitchell K. Discomfort, discord and discontinuity as data: using focus groups to research sensitive topics. Culture, Health & Sexuality 2000;2:255-267

1998

Coleman JC, Roker D. Teenage sexuality: health, risk and education. Oxford: Routledge, 1998.

Mitchell K, Wellings K. Talking about sexual health. London: Health Education Authority, 1998.

Mitchell K, Wellings K. First sexual intercourse: anticipation and communication. Interviews with young people in England. Journal of Adolescence 1998;21:717-726

Wellings K, Mitchell K. Risks associated with early sexual activity and fertility. In: Coleman J, Roker D, editors Teenage sexuality: risk, health and education. London: Harwood Academic Press, 1998.

1997

Mitchell K. Encouraging young women to exercise: can teenage magazines play a role?. Health Education Journal 1997;56:264-273