Joel Wade

T. Joel Wade

Professor of Psychology
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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


  • President's Award for Diversity & Inclusion (for Faculty) (2018)
  • Presidential Professorship, (2017-20)
  • Presidential Award for Teaching Excellence (2014)

Selected Publications


Wade, T. J., & Hompe, C. (2018). Women's friendship: Allomothering, Cooperative breeding, and exogamy as bases for effective strategies for friendship formation. Human Ethology Bulletin, 33(2), 37-47.

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.

Moran, J. & Wade, T. J. (2017). Sex and the perceived effectiveness of short-term mate poaching acts in college students. Human Ethology Bulletin, 32(3), 109-128

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

Wade, T.J., & Renninger, L. (2016). Does skin color, facial shape, and facial Width to Height Ratio(fWHR) play a role in Black male facial evaluation? EvoS Journal: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium, Sp.Iss(1), 22-39.

Gisler, S., & Wade, T. J. (2015). The role of intelligence in mating: An investigation of how mating intelligence relates to mate selection and mating-relevant constructs. Human Ethology Bulletin, 30(4), 8-22.

Wade, T. J., Weinstein, E., Dalal, N., & Salerno, K (2015). I can dance: Further investigations of the effect of dancing ability on mate value. Human Ethology Bulletin, 30(2), 10-20.

Wade, T. J., & Slemp, J. (2015). How to flirt best: The perceived effectiveness of flirtation techniques. Interpersona, 9(1), 32-43.

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. & 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.

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

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

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.