Marilyn Price-Mitchell

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Marilyn Price-Mitchell
Education Ph.D. in Human Development
Alma mater Fielding Graduate University
Occupation Psychologist[1]
Known for Youth Development Expert[2]

Marilyn Price-Mitchell (born March 1, 1949) is an American psychologist,[1] columnist and youth development expert.[3][2][4] She is the co-founder of the National ParentNet Association[5] and has a regular column at Psychology Today.[6]


Price-Mitchell obtained her Ph.D. in Human Development through Fielding Graduate University[when?] where she also received a Master's degree in Human and Organizational Systems. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.[6]


Price-Mitchell's research is in the field of positive youth development. Her 2010 research study, Civic Learning at the Edge: Transformative Stories of Highly Engaged Youth, explored how young people experienced and met the challenges of civic engagement during the formative adolescent and young adult years.[4] It examined how these youth developed initiative for public service, learned from experiences and adult relationships, and constructed meaning that propelled them to take action in the world.[7] Price-Mitchell's research was used to support the development of GenerationOn, the youth division of Points of Light.[8]

Price-Mitchell's linking of boundary dynamics and parental engagement was cited in length in the book The Crucial Voice of the People, Past and Present: Education's Missing Ingredient, by Victoria M. Young.[9] Her work has also been cited in numerous other books including The Practice of Teaching by Allan Ornstein[10] and Beyond Smart by Linda Morgan.[5]

Price-Mitchell is the founder of Roots of Action, a website that offers insights and research on child and adolescent development, education, and positive psychology.[11] She is also a writer and authors the column The Moment of Youth for Psychology Today.[6]


  1. ^ a b Handron, Dosser. "What Makes Teenagers Good Citizens?". Modern Mom. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Intervivew with Positive Youth Development Expert Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD". Positive Psychology (Harvard Family Research Project). 31 July 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Ask the Expert – Help! My 15-year-old Is Wasting His Summer". Your Teen Mag. 1 August 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Murray, Dave (21 August 2012). "Expert: Teachers Play a big role in inspiring civic engagement, though it won’t appear in test scores". Michigan Live. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Morgan, Linda. Beyond Smart. Parent Map. ISBN 9780983012832. 
  6. ^ a b c Price-Mitchell, Marilyn. "The Moment of Youth: Helping Teens Believe in Themselves". Psychology Today. Retrieved October 5, 2013. 
  7. ^ Price-Mitchell, Marilyn. "Civic learning at the edge: Transformative stories of highly engaged youth". ProQuest. Fielding Graduate University. Retrieved October 5, 2013. 
  8. ^ Increasing Capacity to Engage Youth & Family Volunteers: Ready-Set-Go Resource Guide (PDF). New York, NY: GenerationOn. 2012. pp. 5–7. 
  9. ^ Young, Victoria M. (2012). The Crucial Voice of the People, Past and Present: Education's Missing Ingredient. Rowman & Littlefield Education. pp. 43, 61, 80, 81, 101. ISBN 978-1-4758-0022-7. 
  10. ^ Ornstein, Allan C. (2011). The Practice of Teaching: A Narrative and Case-Study Approach. ISBN 9781478609865. 
  11. ^ "About Us". Roots of Action. Retrieved 12 October 2013. 

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