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Jennifer MuehlenkampJennifer Muehlenkamp

Degree: Ph.D. Northern Illinois University
Area: Clinical Psychology
Position: Associate Professor
Office: HHH 271
Phone: (715) 836-4642

I received my PhD in clinical psychology from Northern Illinois University in 2005 after completing a 1-year pre-doctoral internship at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY. I am a licensed clinical psychologist and joined the faculty at UWEC in the fall of 2009.

Teaching Interest & Classes Taught
     Introduction to Psychology (incl. Honors Intro Psych)
     Abnormal Psychology
     Clinical Psychology
     Honors Colloquia: Understanding Suicide
     Counseling I   (graduate course)

Research Interests

My research broadly focuses on understanding suicidal behavior and non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) in youth and young adults. Specifically, I examine psychological and sociocultural factors that may increase, or reduce, an individual's vulnerability for engaging in NSSI and/or suicidal behavior. I also examine the complex and inter-related connections between NSSI, suicide, and body image disturbances.  Recently my research has evolved to focus on suicide prevention program develop and evaluation. I utilize predominantly cross-sectional, survey-based methodologies but incorporate behavioral-based assessment and experimental designs into my work as well. I am a consulting editor for the journal, Archives of Suicide Research and regularly contribute scholarly reviews for a variety of clinical journals.

In addition to my research expertise area, I have begun to develop a small, secondary line of research examining the potential effectiveness of different pedagogical techniques at the college level. I'm particularly interested in how different approaches that use active and student-centered techniques impact student engagement, motivation, and course mastery relative to traditional methods.

Student Engagement

The aspect of my faculty position that I enjoy the most is working alongside and mentoring students! I work with students in a wide variety of experiences including my research, program development and evaluation, service learning opportunities, and independent studies. The majority of my research is conducted in collaboration with undergraduate students who have been able to present our work at local, regional, national and international conferences. Students with an interest in the topics of suicide and self-injury or closely related content areas are encouraged to contact me about possible experiences.

Selected Representative Publications (last 3 years)
Undergraduate student co-authors are indicated with * 

Muehlenkamp, J.J., *Weiss, N., *Hanson, M. (in press). Problem-Based Learning for Introductory Psychology: Preliminary Supporting Evidence. Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology.

Muehlenkamp, J. J., Hilt, L. M., Ehlinger, P., & *McMillan, T. (2015). Non-suicidal self-injury in sexual minority college students: A test of theoretical integration. Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Mental Health, 9, 16. DOI: 10.1186/s13034-015-0050-y

Taliaferro, L.A., & Muehlenkamp, J. J. (2015). Risk factors associated with self-injurious behavior among a national sample of undergraduate college students. Journal of American College Health, 63, 40-48.

Muehlenkamp, J. J., Swenson, L. P., Batejan, K. L., & Jarvi, S. M. (2015). Emotional and behavioral effects of participating in an online study of non-suicidal self-injury: An experimental analysis. Clinical Psychological Science, 3, 26-37.

Taliaferro, L.A., & Muehlenkamp, J. J. (2015). Factors associated with current versus lifetime self-injury among high school and college students. Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior, 45, 84 - 97.

Taliaferro, L.A., & Muehlenkamp, J. J. (2014). Risk and protective factors that distinguish adolescents who attempt suicide from those who only consider suicide in the past year. Suicide & Life-Threatening Behavior, 44, 6-22.

Claes, L. & Muehlenkamp, J. J. (2014). Non-Suicidal Self-Injury in Eating Disorders: Advances in Etiology and Treatment. Heidelberg, Germany; Springer.

Muehlenkamp, J. J., Bagge, C. L., Tull, M.T., & Gratz, K.L. (2013). Body regard as a moderator of the relation between emotional dysregulation and nonsuicidal self-injury. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 43, 479-493.

Whitlock, J., Muehlenkamp, J. J., Martin, K.G., Smith, E., Purington, A., Eckenrode, J., Barrera, P., Baral-Abrams, G., & Kress, V. (2013). Non-suicidal self-injury as a gateway to suicide in young adults. Journal of Adolescent Health, 52, 486-492.

Muehlenkamp, J. J., Brausch, A.M., *Quigley, K., & Whitlock, J. L. (2013). Interpersonal features and functions of non-suicidal self-injury. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, 43, 67-80.

Muehlenkamp, J. J., Claes, L., *Quigley, K., *Prosser, E., Claes, S., & Jans, D. (2013). Association of training on attitudes towards self-injuring clients across health professionals. Archives of Suicide Research, 17, 462-468.

Selected Awards & Honors (past 3 years)

  • Excellence in Scholarship Award - University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
  • Wisconsin Teaching Fellow - Office of Professional and Instructional Development; UW-System
  • Shneidman Early Career Achievement Award - American Association of Suicidology
  • UWEC Student Organization Advisor Award (Nomination)
  • Regents Excellence in Teaching Award (Nomination)