Faculty and Staff Profiles

Christian E. Mueller
Assoc Professor, Counsel Educations Psych Research
Email: cemuellr@memphis.edu
Office Location: 100 Ball Hall
Office Hours: By appointment.
Profile

Christian E. Mueller received his doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2006. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Ohio University in 1991 and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from the University of Colorado at Denver in 1999. While working with disadvantaged adolescents in Denver, CO, Dr. Mueller observed how some adolescents, because of certain personality, motivational and cognitive characteristics, seemed more resilient in their ability to cope with and adapt to life stressors. From this, Dr. Mueller developed a fascination with understanding and enhancing those psychological, motivational, and socio-emotional processes that allow individuals to achieve to their fullest potential.    

Broadly, Dr. Mueller’s research interests focus on understanding, from a developmental or longitudinal perspective, the motivational, psychological and social processes that help transform academic potential into educational achievement, particularly in adolescent and gifted populations. A secondary research interest focuses on understanding and improving the methods that researchers employ in quantitative analysis and measurement (i.e. Rasch modeling); understanding that in order to effectively measure complex educational and psychological phenomena, empirically validated psychometric methodology is required.

Dr. Mueller’s current research focuses on two main topics: a) understanding how theories of personality (i.e. identity and self-concept development) and achievement motivation (e.g. achievement goal theory) work to enhance or impede talent development in gifted adolescents, and b) understanding and improving how researchers measure complex cognitive abilities (i.e. practical intelligence and tacit knowledge) through use of the Rasch measurement model.   

   

Additional Information

Adolescent Development (EDPR 7/8112) support files



Education
  • Ph.D. Educational Psychology - University of Kentucky - 2006
  • MA Counseling Psychology/Counselor Education - University of Colorado at Denver - 1999
  • BSC Communications - Ohio University - 1991

Support

  • Jubilee Schools Evaluation Project - University Gift - $281,000 - Fall, 2010-Spring, 2013
  • Faculty Research Grant - University of Memphis - $5500 - 2009-2010
Journal Articles
  • Haines, R. T., & Mueller, C. E. (In press). Academic achievement: An adolescent perspective. In E. Anderman & J. Hattie (Eds.), International Handbook of Student Achievement. New York: Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.
  • Mueller, C. E., & Bradley, K. D. (2011). Utilizing the Rasch model to develop and evaluate items for the Tacit Knowledge Inventory for Superintendents (TKIS). In M. E. Jennex (Ed.), Global Aspects and Cultural Perspectives on Knowledge Management: Emerging Dimensions. (pp. 264-284). doi:10.4018/978-1-60960-555-1.ch017 (Note: Reprinted as book chapter. Originally published in the International Journal of Knowledge Management). 
  • Mueller, C. E., & Hart, C. O. (2011). Effective Use of Secondary Data Analysis in Gifted Education Research: Opportunities and Challenges. Gifted Children, 4 (2), 6-11.
  • Mueller, C. E., Bridges, S. K., & Goddard, M. S. (2011). Sleep and Parent-Family Connectedness: Links, Relationships and Implications for Adolescent Depression. Journal of Family Studies, 17 (1), 2-16.
  • Mueller, C. E., Bullock, E. E., & Leierer, S. J. (2010). Demonstration of Rasch measurement through examination of the CTI: An introduction for practitioners. Career Planning and Adult Development Journal, 25(4).
  • Anderman, E. M., & Mueller, C. E. (2010). Middle school transitions and adolescent development. In J. Meece & J. Eccles (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Schools, Schooling, and Human Development. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Mueller, C. E., & Prout, H. T. (2009). Psychosocial Adjustment of Adolescents and Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities.  Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 2 (4), 294-311.
  • Mueller, C. E., & Bradley, K. D. (2009). Utilizing the Rasch model to develop and evaluate items for the tacit knowledge inventory for superintendents (TKIS).  International Journal of Knowledge Management, 5(3), 73-93.
  • Mueller, C. E. (2009). Protective factors as barriers to depression in gifted and non-gifted adolescents. Gifted Child Quarterly, 53, 3-14.
  • Mueller, C. E. (2008). Modeling. In E. Anderman & L. H. Anderman (Eds.), Psychology of Classroom Learning: An Encyclopedia. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA.
  • Anderman, L. H., Freeman, T., & Mueller, C. E. (2007). The “social” side of social context: Interpersonal and affiliative dimensions of students’ experiences and academic dishonesty. In E. M Anderman & T. B. Murdock (Eds.), The Psychology of Academic Cheating, Elsevier.
  • Mueller, C. E., Hart, C. O., Jones, M. H., & Royal, K. D. (2012, August). Examining achievement goal orientations in rural African-American high school students: CFA results. Poster to be presented at the 2012 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.
  • Hart, C. O., Royal, K. D., & Mueller, C. E. (2011, August). Examination of a modified achievement goal questionnaire for African-American middle-school students: A Rasch analysis. Poster presented at the 2011 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  •  Stitt, R. A., Davis, A. L., & Mueller, C. E. (2011, August). Early sexual debut, academic achievement, and other predictive factors of adolescents' sexual risk behaviors. Poster presented at the 2011 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  •  Davis, A. L., Stitt, R.L., & Mueller, C.E. (2011, August). Predictors of suicidal ideation in ethnic minority youth: Exploring the role of academic achievement, sadness, and weapon carrying. Poster presented at the 2011 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  •  Goddard, M. S., Bridges, S. K., & Mueller, C. E. (2010, August). Sleep, technostress, and maladaptive use of technology: Predictors of depression among college students. Poster presented at the 2010 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, California.
  •  Jones, M. H., Mueller, C. E., & Hamlet, T. W. (2010, August). Ethnicity, future academic self, and achievement goals.  Poster presented at the 2010 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, California.
  •  Stitt, R. L., & Mueller, C. E. (2010, August). Academic functioning in adolescents: Exploring parental roles in adolescent achievement. Poster presented at the 2010 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, California.
  •  Davis, A. L., Mueller, C. E., & Haines, R. T. (2010, August). Environmental support and suicide among African-American and Hispanic adolescents. Poster presented at the 2010 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Diego, California.
  •  Mueller, C. E., Bridges, S. K., & Goddard, M. S. (2009, August). Who needs sleep? Relationships among adolescent depression, gender and family relationships. Poster presented at the 2009 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.
  •  Aycock, R., Davis, R., Kibe, G. W., Mueller, C. E., Okunbor, O. E., Williams, C., & Winsor, D. (2009, August).  Exploring math and verbal self-concept differences of gifted adolescents. Poster presented at the 2010 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, Canada.
  •  Mueller, C. E. (2009, April). Studies on Rasch conditions and applications (Co-Chair and Discussant), 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.
  •  Haines, R. T., & Mueller, C. E. (2009, April). Ecological influences on gifted minority student well-being and academic achievement: The role of peers, family, and schools. Paper presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.
  •  Mueller, C. E., & Hobson-Horton, L. D. (2009, April). Utilizing the Rasch model to refine and calibrate items on the Tacit Knowledge Inventory for Principals (TKIP). Paper presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.
  •  Hobson-Horton, L. D., & Mueller, C. E. (2009, April). Tacit knowledge and urban school principals. Paper presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Diego, CA.
  •  Mueller, C. E., & Bradley, K. D. (2008, March). Applying the Rasch model to develop a tacit knowledge measure of effective superintendent leadership. Paper presented at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, NY.
  •  Goddard, M. S., & Mueller, C. E. (2007, August). Adolescent sleep problems: Links and relationships among family discord and depression. Poster presented at the 2007 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
  •  Björk, L. G., & Mueller, C. E. (2006, October). Tacit knowledge and the superintendency. Paper presented at the 2006 Annual Conference of the University Council for Educational Administration, San Antonio, TX.
  •  Bradley, K. D., Cunningham, J., Haines, R. T., Harris, Jr., W. E., Mueller, C. E., Royal, K. D., Sampson, S. O., Singletary, G., & Weber, J. A. (2006, October). Constructing and evaluating measures: Applications of the Rasch measurement model. Paper presented at the 2006 Annual Conference of the Mid Western Educational Research Association, Columbus, OH.
  •  Freeman, T. M., Mueller, C. E., & Anderman, L. H. (2006, August). Examination of the factor structure of students’ sense of university belonging and their academic identity. Poster presented at the 2006 Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.
  •  Haines, R. T., & Mueller, C. E. (2006, April). Latent growth curve analysis examining the impact of teacher efficacy on student motivation over time. Paper presented at the 2006 Annual Spring Student Research Conference, Louisville, KY.
  •  Anderman, E. M., Danner, F., Mueller, C. E., & Haines, R. T. (2006, April). Latent growth curve analyses of changes in students' self- and task-related beliefs in mathematics across the middle school transition. Paper presented at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
  •  Mueller, C. E., Anderman, L. H., Freeman, T., & Wright, K. M. (2006, April). Sense of belonging and academic identity: Some surprising associations with academic dishonesty. Poster presented at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
  •  Prout, H. T. & Mueller, C. E. (2005, October). Health and psychosocial adjustment of adolescents and young adults with intellectual disabilities. Paper presented at the 2005 Annual Convention of the National Association of Dual Diagnosis, St. Louis, MO.
  •  Mueller, C. E., Boxx, J., & Anderman, L. H. (2005, April). Life tasks and goal orientations in academic and social domains. Poster presented at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, CA.    
  • Mueller, C. E. (2005, April). The gifted: Resilient or at-risk? Paper presented at the 2005 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Montreal, CA.
  • Mueller, C. E. (2004, July). Protective factors and depression in the gifted. Paper presented at the 2004 National Longitudinal Adolescent Health Users Conference, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD.

Appendix A - Teaching Experience

  • EDPR 7/8112 - Adolescent Psychology Applied to Education
  • EDPR 7/8117 - Human Lifespan Development
  • EDPR 7/8112 - Adolescent Psychology Applied to Education
  • EDPR 7/8150 - Motivation in Education
  • EDPR 7/8112 - Adolescent Psychology Applied to Education
  • EDPR 7/8112 - Adolescent Psychology Applied to Education
  • EDPR 7/8002 - Giftedness and Talent Development (Seminar)
  • EDPR 7/8117 - Human Lifespan Development
  • EDPR 7/8112 - Adolescent Psychology Applied to Education
  • EDPR 7/8151 - Individual Differences in Learning
  • EDPR 7112 (U50) - Adolescent Psychology Applied to Education (Online)
  • EDPR 7/8112 - Adolescent Psychology Applied to Education
  • EDPR 7112 (U50) - Adolescent Psychology Applied to Education (Online)
  • EDPR 8151 - Individual Differences in Learning
  • EDPR 7151 (U50) - Individual Differences in Learning (Online)
  • EDPR 7/8002 - Giftedness and Talent Development (Seminar)
  • EDPR 7112 (U50) - Adolescent Psychology Applied to Education (Online)
Appendix B - Student Advising/Mentoring
  • 2012_Active Student Advising (Doctorate)

    Dissertation Committee Chair for RaShunda Stitt (Educational Psychology)

    Dissertation Committee Chair for Caroline Hart (Educational Psychology)

    Dissertation Committee Chair for Tisha Colvin (Educational Psychology)

    Dissertation Committee Chair for Priscilla Liu (Educational Psychology)

    Dissertation Committee Member for Constance Tucker (Educational Psychology)

    Dissertation Committee Member for Hope Link (Educational Psychology)

    Dissertation Committee Member for Sarah Smilowitz (Curriculum and Instruction)

    Dissertation Committee Member for Kate Stakem (Curriculum and Instruction)

    Dissertation Committee Member for Fredric Garner (Leadership)

    Dissertation Committee Member for Christi Mobley (Counseling Psychology)

    2012_Active Student Advising (Master's)

    Thesis Committee Chair for Frances Elizabeth Velasquez (Educational Psychology)     

    2012_Active Student Advising (Online Master's)

    Thesis Committee Chair for Leslie Dabney (Educational Psychology-Online)

Appendix C - Research/Scholarship/Creative Activities
  • Publications (Under Review) (Spring, 2012)

    Hart, C. O., Mueller, C. E., Royal, K. D., & Jones, M. H. (Under Review, Submitted 02/01/12). Examination of a Modified Achievement Goal Questionnaire for African-American High School Students: Confirmatory Factor and Rasch Analyses. Psychology in the Schools.

    Jones, M. H., Mueller, C. E., Royal, K. D., Shim, S. S., & Hart, C. O.  (Under Review, Submitted 01/24/12).  Social Achievement Goals: Validation among Rural African-American Adolescents. Journal of Research in Rural Education.

    Mueller, C. E., Freeman, T. M., Anderman, L. H., & Hart, C. O. (Under Review, Submitted 01/23/12). Factor structure of students’ sense of belongingness, alienation, identity and valuing. Psychology in the Schools.

    Mueller, C. E., & Haines, R.T. (Under Review, Submitted 01/20/12). Adolescent perceptions of strong family and school attachments: Implications for psychosocial well-being in gifted African-American and Hispanic youth. Gifted Children.

    Hart, C. O., & Mueller, C. E. (Under Review, Submitted 12/05/11). School delinquency and social bond factors: Exploring gendered differences within educational contexts. Psychology in the Schools.

    Mueller, C. E., Winsor, D., Williams, C., & Kibe, G. W. (Under Review, Submitted 12/05/12). Examining domain-specificity of math and verbal self-concept among gifted adolescents: Similarities and differences across subjects. Journal for the Education of the Gifted.