PhD Students

Christina Mu

Christina Mu

Ph.D. Student
Office: MHC1318
Send email
Curriculum Vitae


Sleep; pain; middle-aged adults and employees; older adults; micro-longitudinal methods (e.g., daily diary, ecological momentary assessment, actigraphy); multilevel modeling

Research Interests

My primary research focuses on sleep, pain, and health among middle-aged and older adults. Currently, my work focuses on understanding the interplay between and consequences of sleep and pain over various time scales (daily and longitudinally). Sleep and pain are time-varying factors that can have a myriad of short-term and long-term consequences if left untreated. As I continue to build on my conceptual knowledge and analytic skills, I hope that one day I can help contribute to future interventions to improve sleep health and alleviate pain symptoms across the lifespan.

Moreover, as a former Ronald E. McNair Scholar, I am deeply passionate about representation and support for first-generation, low-income, and minority students in higher education. Through my various leadership roles as a lab manager of the Sleep, Stress, and Health Lab, mentor of the Ronald E. McNair & Titan Scholars Mentorship Program, and executive board member of the Student Association of Aging Studies, I am able to give back to my community and help mentor the next generation of scholars.


2019 – Present. Doctoral Student in Aging Studies at the University of South Florida

2017 – 2019. Bachelor of Arts in Psychology; Minor in Aging Studies at California State University, Fullerton

2015 – 2017. Associate of Arts in Psychology and Social & Behavioral Sciences at Pasadena City College

Classes Taught

GEY 2000: Introduction to Aging Sciences, USF Behavioral & Community Sciences