Charles W. Mueller, a professor of social and clinical psychology in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of Psychology, has been named Outstanding Community Leader by the Mental Health America of Hawaiʻi. The award recognizes Mueller’s work in advancing children’s mental health services through advocacy, research training and direct services.
“We are proud to honor Chuck during our tenth annual Mental Health Awards Luncheon on Tuesday, May 12, when we will celebrate leaders who have dedicated themselves to promoting mental wellness and improving the care provided to affected individuals,” said MHA-Hawaiʻi Executive Director Marya Grambs. “Chuck is an inspirational leader who has helped to greatly increase access to services and improve the quality of services for children and youth with behavioral disorders and mental health problems.”
Since 2008, Mueller has served as co-director of the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy at UH Mānoa. The center is a training, research and treatment clinic providing assessment and psychosocial treatment for youth up to age 18 who have a range of mental health difficulties.
Mueller also helped launch the Research Evaluation and Training Program, a joint learning and service collaborative with UH Mānoa and the State of Hawaiʻi Department of Health Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division. The Research Evaluation and Training Program has been instrumental in establishing and supporting systemwide research and evaluation about Hawaiʻi’s mental health services with a focus on developing and sustaining the efficient and cost-effective delivery of health services to youth and families.
“Chuck’s tireless advocacy, passion for enhancing public mental health services, and dedication to improving the lives of Hawaiʻi’s youth and their families are inspiring. His visionary leadership has been instrumental in advancing the quality of care and treatment of youth with mental health needs in the state,” said Department of Psychology Chair Ashley Maynard in the College of Social Sciences.
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Mueller received his PhD in social psychology in 1981 from Iowa State University and his clinical psychology postdoctoral training certificate from UH Mānoa in 1988.
His primary research interests focus on the interface of social and clinical psychology with an emphasis on children’s mental health service delivery (e.g., child and adolescent mental health systems improvement, treatment as usual, evidence based services), aggression and violence (e.g., effects of family violence, innovative treatments and externalizing behavior problems), and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Mental Health America of Hawaiʻi
Mental Health America of Hawaiʻi is an affiliate of Mental Health America, a national organization comprised of more than 300 affiliates. Established 70 years ago, Mental Health America of Hawaiʻi advocates for the needs of people with mental illness and works to create awareness about mental health and wellness.