IU Sociologist Honored as One of 10 Scientist to Watch

(BLOOMINGTON) – Anna Mueller, an associate professor in the IU Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Sociology, has been honored by Science Magazine as one of this year’s Science News 10 Scientists to Watch.

Mueller was recognized for her research challenging longstanding ideas about suicide in teenagers. based upon her work with students and residents in a town where 16 former and current students committed suicide between 2005 and 2015.

The research has been recognized as revealing underlying reasons for the rise in suicide rates among high school students, particularly overachieving girls without obvious mental health problems.

Mueller’s long-term goal is to save lives by developing a “litmus test” to identify schools at risk of suicide clusters.