Wilfridah Mucherah
Wilfridah Mucherah
Interim Department Chair of the Department of Educational Psychology and Professor of Educational Psychology
Curriculum Vitae


Room:TC 545

Department: Department of Educational Psychology

About Winnie Mucherah

Winnie Mucherah is a professor of Developmental Psychology and has been at Ball State since 2000. Her research interests include classroom climate, self-concept and academic achievement and reading motivation among middle school students. She was involved in the award winning immersive learning project, School Within the Context of Community. She has earned national recognition for her cross-cultural research in motivation and academic achievement, primarily among Kenyan adolescents. She has forged several research collaborations with universities in Kenya and served as a Fellow for the Center for International Development for her work in Sub-Saharan Africa. She was selected as a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow and completed her fellowship in Kenya in the summer of 2015.

Professional Experience

  • Professor of Psychology (2013 - present; Associate Professor 2008-2013; Assistant Professor 2000-2008). Department of Educational Psychology, Ball State University
  • Director, Minor in Human Development (2013 - present). Department of Educational Psychology, Ball State University


Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Human Development, 1999

University of Maryland, College Park

Master of Science (MA) in Human Development, 1997

University of Maryland, College Park

Bachelor of Education (B. Ed), 1990

Kenyatta University, Nairobi, Kenya

Research and Publications

Sample Publications (see Vita for comprehensive list)

Mucherah, W., Finch, H., White, T., & Thomas, K. (in press). The relationship of School Climate, Teacher Defending and Friends on Students' Perceptions of Bullying in High School. Journal of Adolescence

Mucherah, W., Shim, S. S., Clausen, J., Zygmunt, E., Clark, P., & Tancock, S. (2017). Preservice Teachers' Efficacy. Academic Exchange Quarterly, 21(3), 58-63.

Mucherah, W. & Thomas, K. (2017). Reducing barriers to Primary School Education For Girls in Rural Kenya; Reusable Pads' Intervention. International Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health. DOI: 10.1515/ijamh-2017-0005.

Mucherah, W., & Owino, E. (2017). Using the Socio-cultural Theory to Explain The Perceptions of Homosexuality Among Kenyan and US University Students. Journal of Black Sexuality and Relationships, 3(2), 1-23.

Mucherah, W., Owino, E., & McCoy, K. (2016). Grappling with the Issue of Homosexuality: Perceptions, Attitudes and Beliefs among High School Students in Kenya. Journal of Psychology Research and Behavior Management, 9, 253-262. DOI: 10.2147/PRBM.S112421

Thomas, K. & Mucherah, W. (2016). How fair is my world? Development of just world beliefs among Kenyan students. Journal of Adolescence, 49, 244- 253. DOI: 10.1016/2016.03.011

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Doctoral Dissertatio 799 WM1 0000 - 0000
Human Development 603 820 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Child Development 627 820 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE