Ulrich Mueller

Ulrich Mueller
Professor (Chair: psychair@uvic.ca)

PhD 1998 (Temple) joined Department in 2004

Office: COR A237

Ulrich Mueller is interested in the development of problem solving and in the developmental relation between social and cognitive development.

The research on problem solving focuses on the development of executive function in preschoolers, particularly on the contribution of language and cognitive flexibility to the acquisition of more advanced problem solving skills.

Research on social development examines the development of intentional communication in infancy and perspective taking skills in toddlers and preschoolers in relation to cognitive flexibility and language.

Dr. Mueller's CV.


  • Development of problem solving
  • Development of executive function
  • Social development in infancy & early childhood

Faces of UVic Research video

In this video, Ulrich talks about his research on the cognitive and social development of children.


Müller, U., & Kerns, K. (2015, in press). The development of executive function. In L. S. Liben & U. Müller (Vol. Eds.), R. M. Lerner (Series Ed.), Handbook of child psychology and developmental science, Vol. 2: Cognitive processes (7th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.

Ten Eycke, K., &  Müller, U. (2014). Brief report: New evidence for a social-specific imagination deficit in children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. DOI 10.1007/s10803-014-2206-7

Elliot, E., Ten Eycke, K., Chan, S., & Müller, U (2014). Taking Kindergartners outdoors:  Documenting their explorations and assessing the impact on their ecological awareness. Children, Youth and Environments, 24 (2), 102-122.

Müller, U., Yeung, E, & Baker, L. (2013). A dynamic systems approach to executive function. Advances in Child Development and Behavior, 45, 39-66

Müller, U., Yeung, E., & Hutchison, S. M. (2013). The role of distancing in Werner and Kaplan’s  account of symbol formation and beyond. Culture & Psychology, 19, 463–483.

*Note: Student coauthors are underlined.