Jennifer A. Wade, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Chestnut Hill College. She earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and English from a small liberal arts college (Bryn Mawr College). She received her Ph.D. from Temple University's Psychology Program. Outside of academia, Dr. Wade has experience in Industrial/Organizational psychology, working in data analytics to aid organizations in prediction and selection decisions. Additionally, she has served as Clinical Supervisor and Executive Director for organizations providing ABA therapy to children with autism.
Dr. Wade has participated in a wide variety of research projects including animal research investigating persistent preference and the operant-respondent distinction, say-do correspondence in staff behavior in publicly funded school classrooms, and investigating speaker and listener repertoires of typically developing preschool children pertaining to social skills relevant to play. More recently, Dr. Wade's research has explored the use of verbal behavior in flirtation and short-term romantic selection. Projects have included gathering self-report data from college populations on flirtation, working with local speed-dating agencies, and conducting researcher-sponsored speed-dating and online dating studies. More generally, Dr. Wade’s interests pertain to complex verbal behavior including flirtation, persuasion, and humor. Dr. Wade is interested in providing thorough conceptual accounts and research on complex verbal behavior both to better understand typically developing adults and to eventually support intervention for clinical populations. Finally, she is interested in interdisciplinary perspectives that allow for integration of social psychological, behavior analytic, and cultural anthropological perspectives in studying verbal behavior and social phenomena. When teaching, she especially enjoys discussion of the relationship between basic and applied research in addition to identifying everyday examples of psychological concepts.