Educational Background

  • B.A. psychology, M.A. social psychology, Ph.D. social psychology
  • Carolina Minority Post-Doctoral Scholar in the Department of Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Nominated as a potential Fellow at the Center for The Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, California
  • Ford Foundation Minority Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Institute for Research In Social Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Research Interests

I investigate mate selection criteria, mate attraction methods, mate expulsion, reactions to infidelity, relationship initiation, and love acts from an evolutionary theory perspective. I also investigate beauty related halo effects.

Courses Taught

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Research Methods in Social Psychology
  • Psychology of Beauty and Attraction

Selected Publications


Mogilski, J. K., Wade, T. J., & Welling, L. (in press). Prioritization of potential mates' history of sexual fidelity during a conjoint ranking task. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.

Mogilski, J. K., & Wade, T. J. (2013). Friendship as a relationship infiltration tactic during human mate poaching. Evolutionary Psychology, 11(4), 926-943.

Wade, T. J. & Vanartsdalen, J.  (2013). The Big-5 and the perceived effectiveness of love acts.  Human Ethology Bulletin, 28(2), 3-12.

Wade, T. J. (2012). Mate expulsion and sexual conflict. In T. Shackelford & A. Goetz, (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Sexual Conflict in Humans, New York: Oxford University Press, Inc.

Wade, T. J. & Weinstein, A. B. (2011). Jealousy induction: Which tactics are perceived as most effective? Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, 5(4), 231-238.

Weinstein, J. L., & Wade, T. J. (2011) Jealousy induction methods, sex, and the Big-5 personality dimensions, Psychology, 2(5), 517-521.

Wade, T. J. (2010). The relationships between symmetry and attractiveness and mating relevant decisions and behavior: A review. Symmetry 2(2), 1081-1098.

Wade, T.J., Auer, G., & Roth, T.M. (2009). What is love: Further investigation of love acts. Special Issue: Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society. Journal of Social, Evolutionary and Cultural Psychology, 3(4), 290-304.

Wade, T.J., Butrie, L.K., & Hoffman, K. (2009). Women's direct opening lines are perceived as most effective. Personality and Individual Differences, 47, 145-149.

Wade, T. J., & Walsh, H. (2008). Does the Big-5 relate to jealousy and infidelity reactions? Journal of Social Evolutionary and Cultural Psychology. 2 (3): 133-143.

Wade, T. J., Palmer, R., DiMaria, M. Johnson, C., & Multack, M. (2008). Deficits in sexual access versus deficits in emotional access and relationship termination decisions. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology. 6(4), 309-319.

Wade, T. J. (2008). Skin color biases: Attractiveness and halo effects in the evaluation of African Americans. In R. Hall (ed.) Racism in the 21st Century, Springer: New York.

Chin, S., Wade, T. J., & French, K. (2006) Race and facial attractiveness: Individual differences in perceived adoptability of children. Journal of Cultural and Evolutionary Psychology, 4(3-4), 215-299. (dated 2006 but issue came out in 2007).

Wade, T.J., & Fowler, K. (2006). Sex differences in responses to sexual and emotional infidelity: Journal of Cultural and Evolutionary Psychology, 4(1), 37-50.

Renninger, L., Wade, T.J., & Grammer, K. (2004). Getting that Female Glance: Patterns and Consequences of Male Non-verbal Behavior in Courtship Contexts. Evolution and Human Behavior, 25, 416-431.


Wade, T. J., Abad, K. A., & Cooper, M. (1999). Invisible men: Facial shape and the perception of African Americans. Invited paper presented at the Ford Foundation Minority Scholars Conference, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D. C.

Wade, T. J. (1997). Evolutionary theory and African American self-perception: Sex differences in body esteem predictors of physical and sexual attractiveness, and self-esteem. Invited paper presented at the Ford Foundation Minority Scholars Conference, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D. C.


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