Marilyn Price-Mitchell

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Marilyn Price-Mitchell
Psychologist, Author, Youth Development Expert
EducationPh.D. in Human Development
Alma materFielding Graduate University
Known forYouth Development Expert[2]

Marilyn Price-Mitchell (born March 1, 1949) is an American psychologist,[1] author,[3] columnist and youth development expert.[2][4][5] She is the co-founder[6] and serves on the Advisory Board[7] of the Washington State Family & Community Engagement Trust (formerly known as the National ParentNet Association)[8] and has a regular column at Psychology Today.[9] She has also served as a fellow at the Institute for Social Innovation.[10]

Background and education[edit]

Price-Mitchell grew up in Harper Woods, Michigan, the daughter of Herman William Dennis and Dorothy Virginia Latimer. She graduated (Marilyn Dennis) from Harper Woods High School in 1967 and has an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.[9] Price-Mitchell obtained her Ph.D. in Human Development through Fielding Graduate University in 2010[11] where she also received a Master's degree in Human and Organizational Systems.


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.[5] 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.[12] Following the completion of her study, Price-Mitchell received the Elizabeth Douvan Post-Doctoral Fellowship, an annual donor-funded scholarship, to continue her research with civically-engaged youth. Price-Mitchell's research was used to support the development of GenerationOn, the youth division of Points of Light.[13] It also provided the foundation for Price-Mitchell’s book, Tomorrow’s Change Makers: Reclaiming the Power of Citizenship for a New Generation (Eagle Harbor Publishing, 2015)[14][15][16] where she introduced a new framework to understand positive youth development called "The Compass Advantage".[17] The framework is being used by schools and communities in the U.S.,[18] Canada,[19] and Scotland[20] to foster core abilities in youth.[21]

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.[22] Her work has also been cited in numerous other books including The Practice of Teaching by Allan Ornstein[23] and Beyond Smart by Linda Morgan.[8]

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.[24] She is also a writer and authors the column The Moment of Youth for Psychology Today.[9] She is a blogger for Edutopia, a web resource for educators provided by the George Lucas Educational Foundation.[25]

She has been quoted or covered in various media outlets including NBC News,[26] Today,[27],[28] Modern Mom,[29] Arkansas Matters,[30] and Deseret News.[31] Numerous scholarly journal articles and books have cited her works.[32][33][34][35][36][37]


  1. ^ a b Handron, Dosser. "What Makes Teenagers Good Citizens?". Modern Mom. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Intervivew with Positive Youth Development Expert Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD". Positive Psychology. Harvard Family Research Project. July 31, 2011. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  3. ^ "BOOK REVIEW: TOMORROW’S CHANGE MAKERS" Youth Volunteer Corps. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  4. ^ "Ask the Expert – Help! My 15-year-old Is Wasting His Summer". Your Teen Mag. August 1, 2012. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  5. ^ a b Murray, Dave (August 21, 2012). "Expert: Teachers Play a big role in inspiring civic engagement, though it won't appear in test scores". Michigan Live. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  6. ^ "History of ParentNet" WA Family Engagement. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  7. ^ "About" WA Family Engagement. Retrieved 2016-02-28.
  8. ^ a b Morgan, Linda. Beyond Smart. Parent Map. ISBN 9780983012832.
  9. ^ a b c Price-Mitchell, Marilyn. "The Moment of Youth: Helping Teens Believe in Themselves". Psychology Today. Retrieved October 5, 2013.
  10. ^ "ISI Fellows 2015"[permanent dead link] Fielding Graduate University. Retrieved February 28, 2016.
  11. ^ "Elizabeth Douvan Fellows advance her legacy" Archived 2016-03-05 at the Wayback Machine. FGU News. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  12. ^ Price-Mitchell, Marilyn. "Civic learning at the edge: Transformative stories of highly engaged youth". ProQuest. Fielding Graduate University. Retrieved October 5, 2013.
  13. ^ Increasing Capacity to Engage Youth & Family Volunteers: Ready-Set-Go Resource Guide (PDF). New York, NY: GenerationOn. 2012. pp. 5–7.
  14. ^ "Tomorrow’s Change Makers: Reclaiming the Power of Citizenship for a New Generation" National Coalition for Dialogue & Deliberation. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  15. ^ Kennedy-Moore, Eileen (September 30, 2015). "How To Make Teen Volunteer Work More Than A Resume Builder". Psychology Today. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  16. ^ "Points of Pride". FGU News. January 26, 2016. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  17. ^ "Eight Pathways to Every Child's Success". GenerationOn. February 5, 2016. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  18. ^ "Organizing Framework" Bainbridge Healthy Youth Alliance. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  19. ^ "Citizenship at Glenbow School" Glenbow School. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  20. ^ "Resources" Youth Work. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  21. ^ Newman, Susan (October 5, 2015). "Does Your Child Have an Inner Compass?". Psychology Today. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  22. ^ 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.
  23. ^ Ornstein, Allan C. (2011). The Practice of Teaching: A Narrative and Case-Study Approach. ISBN 9781478609865.
  24. ^ "About Us". Roots of Action. Retrieved October 12, 2013.
  25. ^ "Marilyn Price-Mitchell PhD" Edutopia. Retrieved March 5, 2016.
  26. ^ "Teen role models -- they aren't who you think they are". NBC News. June 24, 2014. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  27. ^ "How to teach your kids it's OK to have less than their friends" Today. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  28. ^ "When Your Kid Makes a Mistake" Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  29. ^ Jaimie Zinski, "How to Be a Positive Role Model for Teens" Modern Mom. Demand Media. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  30. ^ "More High School Students Taking Internships". Arkansas Matters. April 22, 2014. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  31. ^ Slade, Shelby (July 14, 2015). "Who is responsible for teaching kids to be good citizens?". Deseret News. Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  32. ^ "We Have the Answers" The Crucial Voice of the People, Past and Present.
  33. ^ "Systems school leadership: exploring an emerging construct". Journal of Educational Administration. 1963. ISSN 0957-8234.
  34. ^ Wartell, Michael A. (2013). "Historic Changes, Expanding Responsibilities for Higher Education". Journal of College and Character. 14 (2): 165–170. doi:10.1515/jcc-2013-0021.
  35. ^ "Adopt-a-School Program" Leadership: School Board Superintendent Principal.
  36. ^ Shaked, Haim; Schechter, Chen (December 2013). "Seeing wholes: The concept of systems thinking and its implementation in school leadership". International Review of Education. Springer. 59 (6): 771–791.
  37. ^ Nicol Watsona, Terri; Bogotch, Ira (2015). "Reframing Parent Involvement: What Should Urban School Leaders Do Differently?". Leadership and Policy in Schools. 14 (3): 257–278. doi:10.1080/15700763.2015.1024327.

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