Current Research

Siobhan has expertise in growth and maturation in performing arts and sports contexts, biocultural approaches to adolescent development and mediated effects models of adolescent adaptation with an interest in health risk behaviours.

Siobhan’s current projects include publishing papers from her PhD research on the implications of maturity timing in ballet dancers, a project with British Triathlon exploring relative age, maturity timing and performance in Junior Triathletes, analysis of growth and maturation data in collaboration with US Soccer.

In addition, Siobhan works as a postdoctoral researcher in public health. Current projects Siobhan is part of include the development of a digital intervention aimed reducing alcohol consumption in adolescents, exploring the views of parents on alcohol use at adolescence and early years development, promoting adaptive responses through parenting interventions.

PUBLICATIONS

Mitchell, S.B. (In press, 2018). The impact of maturity timing upon development and well-being in young dancers: implications for training and the potential benefits of bio-banding: Proceedings of the Royal Academy of Dance Conference: Dance Teaching for the 21st Century: Practice and Innovation. Sydney, Australia.

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.

Cumming, S.P., Brown, D., Mitchell, S.B., et al., (2017).  Premier League Academy Soccer Players’ Experiences of Competing in a Tournament Bio-banded for Biological Maturation. Journal of Sports Sciences.

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.

Mitchell, S. (2016). Book Review: Ballet body narratives: pain, pleasure and perfection in embodied identity. Research in Dance Education, 17, (1), 60-61.

CONFERENCE PAPERS

Mitchell, S.B., Haase, A.M., & Cumming, S.P (2017, November). Maturity timing: Implications for health, training and performance in dance. Healthy Dancer Canada 10th Annual Conference, Calgary, Alberta.

Mitchell, S.B., Haase, A.M., & Cumming, S.P. (2017, October). The early maturing dancer: Challenges and advantages in UK vocational training. IADMS 27th Annual Conference, Houston, Texas, US

Mitchell, S.B., Haase, A. M., & Cumming, S. P. (2017, July). Maturing and developing in the context of vocational dance training: Exploring lived experiences through Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Poster session, British Psychological Society Qualitative Methods in Psychology Conference, Aberystwyth, UK.

Mitchell, S.B. (2017, July). Lived experiences of puberty in adolescent dancers: Narratives of early and late maturation. Qualitative Methods in Psychology PhD and early-career researcher’s workshop, Aberystwyth, UK.

Mitchell, S.B. (2017, June). Health and wellbeing in elite dancers: Implications of maturity timing. Paper presented at Dance Medicine and Science Research Workshop, University of Wolverhampton, Wolverhampton, UK

Mitchell, S.B. (2017, May). Invited Speaker: Training the adolescent dancer: Physiological and Psychological perspectives. IADMS Regional Meeting, Ipswich, UK.

Mitchell, S.B. (2016, December). The impact of maturity timing upon development and wellbeing in young dancers: implications for training and the potential benefits of bio-banding. Royal Academy of Dance Conference ‘Dance Teaching for the 21st Century: Practice and Innovation’, Sydney, Australia.

Mitchell, S.B. (2016, December). Health and wellbeing in elite dancers: Implications of maturity timing. Paper presented at a Dance Research Collaborative Seminar, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.

Mitchell, S.B. (2016, December). Health and wellbeing in elite dancers: Implications of maturity timing. Paper presented at a Dance Health Seminar, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia.

Mitchell, S.B., Cumming, S.P. (2016, November). Experiences of Collaboration. South West Doctoral Training Centre Student Conference ‘Building Bridges in Research’, University of Exeter, UK.

Mitchell, S. B., Haase, A. M., & Cumming, S. P. (2016, May). An investigation of the association between learning experiences, maturation timing and health outcomes in elite dancers. Poster session, 13th Congress of Dance Medicine, Dresden, Germany.

Mitchell, S. B., Haase, A. M., & Cumming, S. P. (2015, October). The role of puberty in the making and breaking of young ballet dancers: The dance teacher’s perspective. Poster session, IADMS 25th Conference, Pittsburgh, USA.

Mitchell, S.B., Challis, J. (2013, October). Suitable methods of body composition measurement for dancers. Poster session presented at the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science 23rd Annual Conference, Seattle, USA.

 

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