Dr. Christa Winkler

Christa E. Winkler, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Mississippi State University (MSU).  Prior to her arrival at MSU, Dr. Winkler received her Doctor of Philosophy in Quantitative Research, Evaluation, and Measurement from The Ohio State University (OSU).  During that time, she provided analytical support to several grant funded educational research projects and to the OSU Institutional Research and Planning office.  Before completing her doctoral program, Dr. Winkler completed her Master’s in Student Affairs and Higher Education at Baylor University (BU) and Bachelor’s in Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin).  She also served as Assistant Director of Student Conduct and Community Standards at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) for several years; in that role, Dr. Winkler had the opportunity to work alongside individual students to support their holistic development and educational success.

Dr. Winkler’s research centers on the advancement of quantitative methodology in higher education and student affairs contexts.  She brings particular interest in the application of scale development and latent variable modeling to evaluate and promote college student success.  She has been fortunate to support such applications while involved with the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS) research project, which seeks to understand undergraduate students’ encounters with religious and worldview diversity on a national scale. Dr. Winkler’s work has been published in The Review of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, and Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.

Dr. Winkler, who is originally from Texas, is enjoying making Starkville, MS her new home.