Megan Kiely Mueller

Megan Kiely Mueller
Elizabeth Arnold Stevens Junior Professor, Assistant Professor
Human-animal Interaction


  • PhD - Tufts University (2013)
  • MA - Tufts University (2010)
  • BA - Tufts University (2008)
  1. Haggerty, J.M., Mueller, M.K. 2017. Animal-assisted Stress Reduction Programs in Higher Education. Innovative Higher Education.
  2. LaVallee, E., Mueller, M.K., McCobb, E. 2017. A Systematic Review of the Literature Addressing Veterinary Care for Underserved Communities. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.
  3. Gee, N.R., Mueller, M.K., Curl, A.L. 2017. Human–animal interaction and older adults: An overview. Frontiers in Psychology.
  4. Linder, D.E., Siebens, H.C., Mueller, M.K., Gibbs, D.M., Freeman, L.M. 2017. Animal-assisted interventions: A national survey of health and safety policies in hospitals, eldercare facilities, and therapy animal organizations. American Journal of Infection Control.
  5. Linder, D.E., Mueller, M.K., Debra, G., Siebens, H.C., Freeman, L.M. 2017. The role of veterinary education in safety policies for animal-Assisted therapy and activities in hospitals and nursing homes. Journal of Veterinary Medical Education.
  6. Linder, D.E., Mueller, M.K., Gibbs, D.M., Alper, J.A., Freeman, L.M. 2017. Effects of an Animal-Assisted Intervention on Reading Skills and Attitudes in Second Grade Students. Early Childhood Education Journal.
  7. Mueller, M.K., Lerner, R.M. 2017. Introduction to Applied Developmental Science spotlight series: Animal assisted interventions in special populations. Applied Developmental Science.
  8. Mueller, M.K., McCullough, L. 2017. Effects of Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy on Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms in Youth. Journal of Child and Family Studies.
  9. McKinney, C., Mueller, M.K., Frank, N. 2015. Effects of Therapeutic Riding on Measures of Stress in Horses. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science.
  10. Geldhof, G.J., Bowers, E.P., Boyd, M.J., Mueller, M.K., Napolitano, C.M., Schmid, K.L., Lerner, J.V., Lerner, R.M. 2014. Creation of short and very short measures of the five Cs of positive youth development. Journal of Research on Adolescence.
  11. Mueller, M.K. 2014. Is Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Linked to Positive Youth Development? Initial Answers. Applied Developmental Science.
  12. Mueller, M.K. 2014. The relationship between types of human–animal interaction and attitudes about animals: An exploratory study. Anthrozoos.
  13. Mueller, M.K. 2014. Human-animal interaction as a context for positive youth development: A relational developmental systems approach to constructing human-animal interaction theory and research. Human Development.
  14. Linder, D., Mueller, M. 2014. Pet obesity management: Beyond nutrition. Veterinary Clinics of North America - Small Animal Practice.
  15. Mueller, M.K., Callina, K.S. 2014. Human–Animal Interaction as a Context for Thriving and Coping in Military-Connected Youth: The Role of Pets During Deployment. Applied Developmental Science.
  16. Geldhof, G.J., Weiner, M., Agans, J.P., Mueller, M.K., Lerner, R.M. 2014. Understanding Entrepreneurial Intent in Late Adolescence: The Role of Intentional Self-Regulation and Innovation. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
  17. Geldhof, G.J., Bowers, E.P., Mueller, M.K., Napolitano, C.M., Callina, K.S., Lerner, R.M. 2014. Longitudinal Analysis of a Very Short Measure of Positive Youth Development. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
  18. Agans, J.P., Champine, R.B., DeSouza, L.M., Mueller, M.K., Johnson, S.K., Lerner, R.M. 2014. Activity Involvement as an Ecological Asset: Profiles of Participation and Youth Outcomes. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.
  19. Geldhof, G.J., Porter, T., Weiner, M.B., Malin, H., Bronk, K.C., Agans, J.P., Mueller, M., Damon, W., Lerner, R.M. 2014. Fostering youth entrepreneurship: Preliminary findings from the young entrepreneurs study. Journal of Research on Adolescence.
  20. Geldhof, G.J., Malin, H., Johnson, S.K., Porter, T., Bronk, K.C., Weiner, M.B., Agans, J.P., Mueller, M.K., Hunt, D., Colby, A., Lerner, R.M., Damon, W. 2014. Entrepreneurship in young adults: Initial findings from the young entrepreneurs study. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology.

General Research Interests

  • Human-animal interaction (HAI)
  • Positive youth development
  • Human-animal interaction and public policy

Selected Research Projects

  • The role of companion animals in military families in promoting health and positive development

Research and Clinical Interests

  • Evidence-based practice in human-animal interaction (HAI)
  • HAI in promoting mental and physical health
  • Empirical evaluation of HAI-based programs and interventions


  • Human-Animal Interaction
  • Research Methods

Research Interests by Organ System and Disease

Human Animal Interaction (HAI)
  • Child development, human-animal interactions in military families
Professional Organizations
  • International Society for Anthrozoology
  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • Society for Research in Adolescence
  • Society for the Study of Human Development