Fay Mitchell-Brown

Associate Professor


Trinity 131

Photo of Fay Mitchell-Brown, PhD, RN, CCRN


Dr. Fay Mitchell-Brown is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the California State University, Chico. Dr. Mitchell-Brown completed her undergraduate work at the George Mason University, in Fairfax, Virginia. She also obtained her Master’s degree in Nursing Administration from George Mason University and her PhD from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Mitchell-Brown holds a specialty certification in Critical Care Nursing.

Prior to joining CSU, Chico, Dr. Mitchell-Brown worked predominantly in academic teaching hospitals in the eastern part of the United States, Jamaica and the Middle East. Dr. Mitchell-Brown has extensive clinical, and educational expertise in pediatrics, critical care, and case management/quality improvement in different clinical setting across the continuum of care. 

Dr. Mitchell-Brown is the Coordinator for undergraduate nursing students in the second semester of the nursing program and is the Faculty Mentor for the California Nursing Students Association. Dr. Mitchell-Brown also chairs and mentors Masters dissertations, and mentors junior faculty.

Dr. Mitchell-Brown has participated and contributed to global endeavors in China, Cayman Islands, Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Ghana and Costa Rica.

Besides work, Dr. Mitchell-Brown is an avid yogi, loves to travel the world and spends time with her husband Randy and daughter Anya.

Research Interests

Chronic Illness, Vulnerable Populations, Culture and Global Health


Mitchell-Brown, F. & Stephens-DiLeo, R.  (2017).  Managing panhypopituitarism in adults.  Nursing 2017, 47(12), 26-3. DOI: 10.1097/01.NURSE.0000526883.02682.22

Mitchell-Brown, F., Nemeth, L., Cartmell, K., Newman, S., & Goto, K.  (2016).   A study of Hmong immigrants’ experience with diabetes education: A community-engaged qualitative study.  Journal of Transcultural Nursing. Online Issue: DOI: 10.1177/1043659616661393

Mitchell-Brown, F., & Newman, S. (2015). Diabetes and the Hmong:  A scoping review of the literature. California Journal of Health Promotion, 13(3), 55-33.

Mitchell-Brown, F.  (2014). Sustaining self-management in diabetes mellitus.  Creative Nursing, 20(4), 234-24.

Mitchell-Brown, F.  (2012). Malignant Hyperthermia:  Turn   down the heat.  Nursing 2012, 42 (5), 39-44


Mitchell-Brown, F. (June 12, 2018).  Health Care Challenges in Ghana.  Faculty Seminar, California State University, Office of International Programs, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana. 

Mitchell-Brown, F. (May 30, 2018).  An Innovative Way to Teach Nursing Clinical:  Digital Storytelling.  Quality in Nursing Education and Safety, Bonita Springs, Florida, USA.

Mitchell-Brown, F.  (October 17, 2017).  Building global health capacity for future nurses. Nursing World Conference, Las Vegas, USA.

Mitchell-Brown, F., (October 17, 2017).  Promoting Global Health Through a Faculty led Health Care Trip to Oaxaca, Mexico. Nursing World Conference, Las Vegas, USA. 

Mitchell-Brown, Lightfoot, K., & Kipnis, G. (September 18, 2016).  Developing Future Leaders:  Mentoring Students to Be Sigma Theta Tau International Rising Star Researchers.   Sigma Theta Tau International Leadership Conference, Indianapolis, IN, USA

Mitchell-Brown, F. (2016).  Class redesign, NURS 304 Medical Surgical Practicum.  Elsevier Educator Conference.  Las Vegas, NV, USA

Mitchell-Brown, F. (September 19, 2016). Can the Cuban Health Care System Offer Lessons in Leadership? Sigma Theta Tau International Leadership Congress, Indianapolis, IN, USA.

Mitchell-Brown, F. (2015).  Diabetes Mellitus and Hmong Americans:  A Scoping Review. Western Institute of Nursing Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Mitchell-Brown, F.  (2015). Community Based Participatory Research with a focus on   Hmong Americans with Diabetes.  Sigma Theta Tau International local chapter, Kappa Omicron, Chico, CA, USA.

Mitchell-Brown, F.  (2015). Myxedema Coma.  Enloe Medical Center, Chico, CA, USA.                                  

Mitchell-Brown. (2013). Future Research Proposal:  Diabetes in the Hmong population.  Medical University of South Carolina.  College of Nursing-Doctoral Class.  Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Mitchell-Brown, F.  (2011)   Breast Feeding in China.  Kappa Omicron Research Day.  Chico, CA, USA                                                                    

Mitchell-Brown, F. (2011).  The Benefits of Breast Feeding in China.  Sigma Theta Tau International Research Conference.  Cancun, Mexico

Mitchell-Brown, F.  (2010). The Benefits of Breast Feeding and Personal Experience in China.  Cayman Islands Nurses’ Association.  Georgetown Hospital, Cayman Islands.

Mitchell-Brown, F. (2010).  The Benefits of Breastfeeding.  Haidian Health Center for Women and Children.  Beijing, China.                          

Mitchell-Brown, F. (1998).  Criteria of Brain Death.  Critical Care Staff, Virginia Hospital Center. Arlington, Virginia, USA.

Courses Taught

CHS 400 Global Health and Culture-University of Costa Rica, San Ramon

NURS 640, Advanced Concepts of Adult Nursing

NURS 304, Practicum in Acute Care Laboratory

NURS 620, Advanced Nursing Research and Theory

NURS 284:  Practicum in Nursing Foundations

NURS 303:  Med Surgical I/Pharmacology

NURS 304:  Practicum in Acute Care

NURS 314:  Practicum Maternal Child Health Nursing

NURS 444:  Nursing Management Seminar

NURS 494:  Advanced Pathophysiology Practicum

NURS 495:  Advanced Pathophysiology

NURS 412:  Health Policy

Professional Affiliations 

Sigma Theta Tau International, Kappa Omicron Chapter

American Association of Critical Care Nurses