MERL logo
Associate Professor Arlen C. Moller

Arlen C. Moller received his Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from the University of Rochester (2007) in Rochester, NY. Following the completion of his graduate training, he was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA from 2007 through 2009. Dr. Moller was a full time faculty member in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Northwestern University from 2009 through 2012 and maintains a secondary faculty appointment there. In August 2012, Dr. Moller joined the Illinois Institute of Technology as an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology.

His research is focused on applying and advancing theories related to behavioral health and wellness. His work often involves leveraging principles from social psychology and human motivation, as well as game design, financial incentives, social networks, and technology. Recent work has involved encouraging people to exercise more in ways that are more meaningful, more social, more fun, and resultantly, more sustainable.

One defining feature of Dr. Moller’s past research has involved seeking out and coordinating team collaborations, often with colleagues from disciplines outside of psychology (e.g., in design, engineering, computer sciences, and informational technology and management). More information and training tools for cross-disciplinary researchers can be found at, a suite of online learning modules co-developed by Dr. Moller in collaboration with Drs. Bonnie Spring and Holly Falk-Krzesinski.