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Dr. Ranell Mueller

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    Position: Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology

    Department: Psychology

    Office: Library 311

    Email Dr. Ranell Mueller

    814.472.3893

    About Dr. Ranell Mueller

    Education

    • Ph.D., Gerontology, University of Kentucky
    • M.A., Marriage and Family Therapy, Pacific Lutheran University
    • B.A., Psychology, Western Washington University
    • GMHS, University of Washington

    Biography

  • Teaching and Research

    Specialties:

    • Gerontology
    • Abnormal/Pathology
    • Personality
    • Human/Animal Bonds
    • Demography
    • Developmental  

    Courses:

    • PSYC 101: Intro to Psychology
    • PSYC 204: Personality Psychology
    • PSYC 205: Abnormal Psychology
    • PSYC 209: Developmental Psychology
    • PSYC 406 OA: Clinical Counseling

    Research Interests
    • Mental Health among Health Sciences Students
    • Coping skills regarding stress among Health Sciences students
    • Older adult frailty and its effects on caring for pets
    • Suicide in vulnerable populations 
    Publications and Presentations

    Publications:

    Wampler, R. (2008). In the Presence of Grief. Book Review. Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Newsletter. Spring, 2008.

    Wampler, R. (2008). In the Presence of Grief. Book review. Maine Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Newsletter. Summer, 2008.

    Wampler, R. (2008). Mistakes Were Made, But Not By Me. Book Review. Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Newsletter. Fall, 2008.

    Mueller, R. L. & Hunter, E. G. (2019). The Intersection of Aging and Pet Ownership: Influences of Health and Social Support.  IAHAIO

    Mueller, R.L. & Rowles, G. D. (2019). Beyond Attachment: Old Men and Their Dogs. (Submitting to Society and Animals).

     

    Presentations:

    Mueller, R. L. 2015. Rural Transit and Aging in Appalachia. Poster Presentation, University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health, Hazard, KY. 

    Mueller, R. L. 2017. An Analysis of LKLP In Perry County.Poster Presentation, University of Kentucky, Graduate Appalachian Research Community. Lexington, KY.

    Mueller, R. L. 2017. Beyond Care: Understanding the Meaning of Older Adult’s Attachment to Their Pets. Poster Presentation, University of Kentucky Center for Translational Research 12th Annual Spring Meeting, Lexington, KY. 

    Mueller, R. L. 2017. “They Need You” How Caring for A Pet Dog Fulfills the Desire to Be Needed Amongst Older Adults. Poster Presentation, American Society on Aging, Chicago, IL. 

    Mueller, R. L. 2017. How Physical Health Concerns Affect an Older Adult’s Ability to Care for Their Pets. Poster Presentation, International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics, San Francisco, CA. 

    Mueller, R. L. 2018. The Intersection of Aging and Pet Ownership: Influences of Health and Social Support. Poster Presentation, Association for Gerontology in Higher Education’s 44th Annual Conference. Atlanta, GA

    Mueller, R. L. (2019) How Death of a Pet Dog Affects Older Adult Men’s Perspectives of Aging and Mortality. Poster Presentation, Living with Animals Conference, Eastern Kentucky University, March 21-24th, 2019.

    Mueller, R. L., Lankow, T. R. (2019). Mental Illness in the InfoSec Community. Verbal Presentation, DerbyCon, Mental Health Hackers, Louisville, KY, September 6th-9th, 2019.

    Mueller, R. L. (2020). How aging with a “best friend” changes older adult men’s perspectives on growing older. Poster Presentation, Gerontological Society of America. Philadelphia, PA Nov 4-8th, 2020

    Internal/External Grant Activities:

    Waltham Petcare, Waltham, MA. In Collaboration with The Gerontological Society of America.  Title of Project: Beyond Care: Understanding the Meaning of Older Adults’ Attachment to Their Pets. Not funded

    Human-Animal Bond Research Institute, Washington, D.C. Title of Project: Beyond Care: Understanding the Meaning of Older Adults’ Attachment to Their Pets. Not funded

    Donovan Scholars, University of Kentucky. Funded

    Faculty Development Grant, Spring 2020, St. Francis University. Funded

    Association for Psychological Science: Microgrants for Teaching: July, 2020

     

    Guest Reviewer:

    Animals and Society (continuing)