Associate Professor Mitchell is Director of the Sellenger Centre for Research in Law, Justice and Policing at Edith Cowan University. From 1999 to 2005 she was with the Australian Graduate School of Policing, Charles Sturt University, Manly New South Wales where she taught post graduate programs in police management. She was Director of the Police Research Unit, at Glasgow Caledonian University from 1992 until 1999.
Her academic background is complemented by applied experience through a two and a half year period as senior policy officer at New South Wales Police working on police reform following the Wood Royal Commission. Her book The Aftermath of Road Accidents: Social, Psychological and Legal Consequences of an Everyday Trauma published by Routledge, remains a pivotal collection on the subject.