Portrait of Joel Wade

T. Joel Wade

(2017-2020) Presidential Professor of Psychology
Department Co-Chair of Psychology, Affiliated Faculty in Critical Black Studies
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About T. Joel Wade

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.

Courses Taught

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


  • Fellow: Northeastern Evolutionary Psychology Society (NEEPS) (2021)
  • President's Award for Diversity & Inclusion (for Faculty) (2018)
  • Presidential Professorship (2017-20)
  • Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence (2014)

Selected Publications


Wade, T. J., Moran, J., & Fisher, M.L. (2023). Relationship dissatisfaction and partner access deficits. In Shackelford, T., & Mogilski, J. (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Evolutionary Psychology and Romantic Relationships. Oxford University Press.

*Freyre, P. P., & Wade, T.J. (2022). Does Wording Matter?: “Mate” versus “Partner” and long-term relationship preferences. EvoS Journal: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium, 12,Sp. Iss (1), 32-42.

Wade, T.J., & Fisher, M. L. (2022). Mate Poaching by men. In Shackelford, T (Ed.) The Cambridge Handbook of Evolutionary Perspectives on Sexual Psychology. Cambridge University Press.

Burch, R. L., Fisher, M., Moran, J., Salmon, C., Wade, T. J., & Widman, D. (2022). Shifts in partner attractiveness: Evolutionary and social factors. In Shackelford, T (Ed.) The Cambridge Handbook of Evolutionary Perspectives on Sexual Psychology. Cambridge University Press.

Wade, T. J., Burch, R., & Fisher, M. L. (2022). Renewed love between partners following infidelity. In Shackelford T., & DeLeece, T. (Eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Infidelity. Oxford University Press.

Kennair, L. E. O., Wade, T.J., Tallaksen, M., Grøntvedt, T.V., Kessler, A. M., Burch, R., & Bendixen, M. (2022). Perceived effectiveness of flirtation tactics: The effects of sex, mating context and individual differences in US and Norwegian samples. Evolutionary Psychology, 1-13.

Moran, J. B., Wade, T. J., & Murray, D. R. (2020). The psychology of breakup sex: Exploring the motivational factors and affective consequences of post-breakup sexual activity. Evolutionary Psychology, 18(3), 1474704920936916.

Burch, R., Moran, J., & Wade, T. J. (2020). The Reproductive Priming Effect revisited: Mate poaching, Mate copying, or both?. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences. online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/ebs0000232

Moran, J., & Wade, T. J. (2019). Perceptions of a mismatched couple: The role of attractiveness on mate poaching and copying. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences. Online.

Wade, T.J., and Mogilski, J. (2018). Emotional accessibility is more important than sexual accessibility in evaluating romantic relationships - Especially for women: A conjoint analysis. Frontiers in Psychology. 9: 632, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00632

Moran, J., Salerno, K., & Wade, T. J. (2018). Snapchat as a new tool for sexual access: Are there sex differences? Personality and Individual Differences, 129, 12-16.

Wade, T. J., Mogilski, J., & Schoenberg, R. (2017) Sex differences in reconciliation behavior after romantic conflict. Evolutionary Psychological Science, 3, 1-7.

Wade, T. J., & Feldman, A. (2016). Sex and the perceived effectiveness of flirtation techniques. Human Ethology Bulletin, 31(2), 30-44.

Mogilski, J. K., Wade, T. J., & Welling, L. (2014). Prioritization of potential mates' history of sexual fidelity during a conjoint ranking task. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. 40(7), 884-897.

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. (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.

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. (2022). I want you to want me: Verbal, nonverbal, competitive, and pandemic flirtation. Plenary Address given at the International Society for Human Ethology(ISHE) Conference, Wurzburg, Germany, July 2022.

Wade, T. J. (2015, 2014). The Evolutionary Psychology of Breaking Up, and Making Up. Invited addresses: SUNY New Paltz Evolutionary Studies Program Seminar Series, April 20, 2015, and Binghamton University Evolutionary Studies Program Seminar Series October 20, 2014.

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