Scientia Professor Mitchell is Head of the School of Psychiatry at UNSW; Consultant Psychiatrist, Prince of Wales Hospital; Director, Bipolar Disorders Clinic, Black Dog Institute; Guest Professor, Shanghai Jiaotong University; Visiting Professor, Harbin Medical University, China; Board Member of the Black Dog Institute; and Board Member of the Anika Foundation for Adolescent Depression and Suicide.
Professor Mitchell's research and clinical interests are in bipolar disorder and depression. His current focus is on identifying biological and clinical factors that increase the risk of at-risk subjects developing bipolar disorder through 'high risk' longitudinal studies of young people at genetic risk for bipolar disorder and molecular genetics of bipolar disorder. The ultimate aim of this work is to enable development of targeted early intervention programs for bipolar disorder and depression. Professor Mitchell is also interested in the clinical phenomenology of bipolar disorder and depression, and stimulatory therapies for depression (such as transcranial magnetic stimulation TMS and direct current stimulation DCS).