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Dr. Siobhan Mitchell

Dr. Siobhan Mitchell

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Child Health

 +44 (0) 1392 72 6969

 College House 2.07


College House, University of Exeter, St Luke's Campus, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU, UK


Siobhan’s background is in dance, training vocationally in ballet she developed an interest in health and wellbeing. Siobhan completed her MRes in Health and Wellbeing and was awarded an ESRC studentship in 2014 to complete her PhD exploring the psychosocial implications of maturity timing for children growing up in an elite dance training context.

Since completing her doctorate Siobhan has worked as a research associate at the University of Bristol where she is involved in research on alcohol use at adolescence; exploring parent views on adolescent drinking and contributing to the development of a digital intervention to reduce alcohol consumption at adolescence.

Siobhan currently works as a postdoctoral research associate on the Incredible Years trial assisting with process evaluation and service design.


  • PhD Health and Wellbeing (University of Bath)
  • MRes Health and Wellbeing (University of Bath)
  • MSc Dance Science (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance)


Research interests

Siobhan's research interests are in child and adolescent health and development. More specifically, exploring child and adolescent development and health risk behaviours from a biocultural perspective using qualitative or mixed methods approaches. Siobhan also continues to be involved in research exploring youth development in sport and physical activity contexts.

Research projects

Current Projects:

  • E-SEE Trial: Enhancing social-emotional health and well-being in the very early years: a community-based RCT (and economic) evaluation of the Incredible Years infant and toddler (0-2) parenting programmes.


  • Cumming, S.P., Brown, D., Mitchell, S.B., et al., (2018). Premier League Academy Soccer Players’ Experiences of Competing in a Tournament Bio-banded for Biological Maturation. Journal of Sports Sciences, 36:7, 757-765.
  • Mitchell, S. B., Haase, A. M., Malina, R. M., & Cumming, S. P. (2017). Understanding growth and maturation in the context of ballet: A biocultural approach. Research in Dance Education, 18:3, 291-300.
  • Mitchell, S. B., Haase, A. M., Malina, R. M., & Cumming, S. P. (2016). The role of puberty in the making and breaking of young ballet dancers: Perspectives of dance teachers. Journal of Adolescence, 47, 81-89.

External Engagement and Impact


Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) PhD Studentship (2014-2018)

Recipient of the Healthy Dancer Canada Annual Research Award (2017)

Finalist, Ede and Ravenscroft prize, University of Bath (2017)


Media Coverage

Coverage of a paper on the implications of maturity timing in dance (April 2016), including:

Local radio interviews (including The Breeze, BBC Radio Somerset)

Online and print coverage in The Stage, The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph, Yorkshire Post, Western Daily Press, The Herald, The Scotsman and The Press and Journal.


Supervision / Group

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