colby-sawyer faculty

Darcy Mitchell

Associate Professor, Social Sciences and Education

(603) 526-3743 |

Joined faculty in 2010. M.A. in Early Childhood and Ph.D. in Applied Developmental Psychology from Boston College. Professor Mitchell has worked with children, families, and care providers in a variety of capacities, including as director of an Extended Day Program for preschool and elementary school children and as a representative of the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. Prior to joining Colby-Sawyer College, she was the project manager for a longitudinal research study investigating the needs of children with disabilities and their families. Professor Mitchell has special interests in developmental theories, parenting, children with special needs, and diverse families.

Areas of Expertise

  • Child and Human Development
  • Children and Families
  • Education
  • Psychology

Recent Presentations

  • Hauser-Cram, P. & Mitchell, D. B. (2012). "Early Childhood Education." In K.R. Harris, S. Graham, and T. Urdan (Eds.-in-Chief), APA educational psychology handbook, vol. 3: Application to learning and teaching, (pp. 3-22). American Psychological Association.

  • Mitchell, D. B., & Hauser-Cram, P.(2012). "Partner stress as a contributor to family cohesion in parents of adolescents with disabilities." Poster presented at the Gatlinburg Conference, Annapolis, Maryland.

  • Mitchell, D. B., Crossman, M. K., Rosenfeld, A., Comstock, M., & Hauser-Cram, P. (2011). "Mother-child interactions and maternal acceptance: The Down syndrome advantage." Poster presented at the SRCD Conference, Montreal, Quebec.

  • Mitchell, D.B., and Hauser-Cram, P. “Early Childhood Predictors of Mothers' and Fathers' Relationships with Adolescents with Developmental Disabilities.” Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 54.6 (2010): 487-500.

  • Mitchell, Darcy B., and Penny Hauser-Cram. “Early Predictors of Behavior Problems: Two Years After Early Intervention.” Journal of Early Intervention 32.1 (2009): 3-16.

  • Hauser-Cram, P., & Mitchell, D. B. (2009). "I think I can, I knew I could: Understanding and encouraging mastery motivation in young children." In E.L. Essa and M.M. Burnham(Eds.), Development and education: Research reviews from young children (pp. 136-140). Washington, D.C.: National Association for the Education of Young Children.


  • Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, Lynch School of Education, Boston College
  • M.A., Early Childhood, Lynch School of Education, Boston College
  • B.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute