Kendra L. Oakes Mueller, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Dr. Kendra Oakes Mueller began teaching courses at PLNU in 2007. Prior to joining PLNU, she worked in university counseling centers, providing individual, group, and couples counseling to undergraduate and graduate students at Azusa Pacific University and the University of San Diego. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and continues to perform psychological assessments and provide supervision for clinicians in training.

Education

  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology
  • M.A., Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Fuller Graduate School of Psychology
  • B.A., Psychology, Point Loma Nazarene University

Courses Taught

  • Physiological and Neuropsychology – PSY 301
  • Abnormal Psychology – PSY 321
  • Group Counseling – PSY 341
  • Human Sexuality – PSY 360
  • Learning and Cognition – PSY 409
  • Issues in Psychology and Theology Integration – PSY 410
  • Psychology of Personal Development – PSY 101

Experience in Field

  • Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA, Professor of Psychology, 2007 – present
  • Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, Guest Lectures for Doctoral Level Clinical Trainees, 2006 – 2007
  • University of San Diego, San Diego, CA, Guest Lecture for Undergraduate Course, 2005
  • Fuller Graduate School of Psychology, Pasadena, CA, Guest Lecture for Doctoral and Masters Level Courses, 2003 – 2007

Professional and Community Involvement

  • Clinical Assessment, Point Loma Nazarene University Center for Pastoral Leadership San Diego, CA, 2010 – present
  • Conducting ministerial assessments for candidates pursuing ordination in the Nazarene Church
  • Clinical Supervisor, Point Loma Nazarene University Wellness Center San Diego, CA, 2009 – 2011
  • Supervise the clinical work of a postdoctoral counselor obtaining hours for licensure
  • Postdoctoral Counselor, Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA, 2006 – 2007
  • Supervisor: Bill Fiala, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist"
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Fuller Psychological and Family Services, Pasadena, CA, 2006 – present
  • Supervisor: Stephen Simpson, Ph.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dissertations, Presentations, and Publications

  • Becker, L., Neumayer, C., Oakes Mueller, K.L., & Wu, J.T. (2016) Marital Satisfaction in Relation to Early Childhood Experiences and Current Attachment. Poster symposium presented at the Western Psychological Association Annual Convention, Long Beach, CA.
  • Wu, J.T., Neumayer, C., Becker, L. & Oakes Mueller, K.L. (2016) Association between Divorce Frequency,Sexual Timing, Cohabitation, and Religiosity. Poster symposium presented at the Western Psychological Association Annual Convention, Long Beach, CA.
  • Oakes Mueller, K.L., & Wu, J.T. (2015). Early Trauma and Brain Region Functioning Predicts Marital Satisfaction. Poster symposium presented at the Western Psychological Association Annual Convention,Las Vegas, NV.
  • Herrera, G., Carey, T.G., Oakes Mueller, K.L., & Wu, J.T. (2015). The Relationship between Cohabitation, Avoidant Attachment, Childhood Trauma, and Divorce. Poster symposium presented at the Western Psychological Association Annual Convention, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Tibbs, J.J., Von Striver, T., Pendakur, R.C., Owen, C.E., Wu, J.T., & Oakes Mueller, K.L. (2014). Associations between Childhood Neglect and Brain Pattern Inventories. Poster symposium presented at the Western Psychological Association Annual Convention, Portland, OR.
  • Vaillancourt, A.A., Furtado, T.P., Munoz, M.M., Oakes Mueller, K.L., & Wu, J.T. (2013). The Effects of Brain Region Functioning on Marriage Satisfaction. Poster symposium presented at the Western Psychological Association Annual Convention, Reno, NV.
  • Munoz, M.M., Furtado, T.P., Vaillancourt, A.A., Wu, J.T., & Oakes Mueller, K.L. (2013). The Effects of Early Trauma Clusters on Marriage Satisfaction. Poster symposium presented at the Western Psychological Association Annual Convention, Reno, NV.
  • Oakes Mueller, K.L. (2016) Enliven the World. Presentation for Life Perspectives, San Diego, CA.
  • Oakes Mueller, K.L. & Oakes Mueller, R.A. (2016) Sexuality and Relationships. Presentation for San Diego First Church of the Nazarene, San Diego, CA.
  • Mueller, K.O., Marion, S.D., Paul, L.K. & Brown, W.S. (2009). Bimanual Motor Coordination in Agenesis of the Corpus Callosum. Behavioral Neuroscience, 125, 1000-1011.