Evangeline Wheeler

Professor, Assistant Chairperson, Cognitive Psychology


Contact Info

LA 2210B


Doctorate in Psychology,
University of California, Berkeley, 1991

B.S. in Psychology, Howard University

Areas of Expertise


Compassion and cognitive aspects of positive psychology


Dr. Wheeler wrote her dissertation on the use of memory strategies by rats in a complicated radial-arm maze task. She is a former Peace Corps Volunteer who served in the Central African Republic from 1991-1993. She is a trained instructor for the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program. Professor Wheeler has taught at TU since 1994.

Teaching and Research Interests

Dr. Wheeler teaches undergraduate courses in cognitive psychology, statistics and research methods. She is coordinator of the undergraduate internship program. Dr. Wheeler’s lab does studies on the effects of compassionate meditation and other aspects of positive psychology.

Selected Publications and Posters

Bembenek, A., Santoro, A., Goldstein, S., Smith, C., Wheeler, E., Bennett, A., Dunagan, B., Cates, K., Carlson, F., & Schneider, A. (2015). Investigation of the effects of yoga on heart rate, mood, and cognitive ability. Poster presented at the 27th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, New York, NY.

Castellon, L., Grattan, L., & Wheeler, E. (2018). Impact of alcohol use and brain injury on behavioral health outcomes in Native Americans. Poster presented at the 8th Annual Traumatic Brain Injury Conference, May 16-17, 2018, Washington, D.C.

Emge, G., Pellowski, M. W., Nicholson, J., Bassich, C., & Wheeler, E.A. (2016). Incorporating mindfulness exercises into a stuttering treatment program for an adult male who stutters. Poster presented at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Convention, November 17-19, Philadelphia, PA.

Lamoreaux, E., Robertson, R., Wheeler, E. & Sinnott, J. (2019). Empathetic differentials in the eye-gaze of emotional faces and morality responses. Poster presented at the 31st APS Annual Convention, May 23-26, 2019, in Washington, DC.

Stansbury, J., Wheeler, E., & Buckingham, J. (2014). Can Wii engage college-level learners? Use of commercial off-the-shelf gaming in an Introductory Statistics course. Computers in the Schools, 31(1-2), 103-115.

Walker, K., Douglas, D., Schneider, A., Bowles, O., Wheeler, E., Sinnott, J. (2016). Induced empathy and emotional valence affect eye gaze patterns. Poster presented at the 28th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL.

Wheeler, E. A. (2019, in press). How belief in conspiracy theories addresses some basic human needs. In Jan D. Sinnott (Ed.), Psychology and Politics: Facing Rapid Change. Springer: Switzerland.

Wheeler, E. A. (2017). On the stability of identity interacting with the impermanence of time. In Jan D. Sinnott (Ed.), Identity Flexible in Adult Development (pp 3-17). Springer: Switzerland.

Wheeler, E. & Faulkner, M. (2015). The pet effect: Physiological calming in the presence of canines. Society and Animals, 1-14.

Wheeler, E. & Lenick, N. (2015). Brief compassion meditation and recall of positive-emotion words. Journal of Articles in Support of the Null Hypothesis, 11 (2), 11-20.

Wheeler, E., Santoro, A., & Bembenek, A. (2017). Separating the “limbs” of yoga: Effects on stress and mood. Journal of Religion and Health, 1-11.