Dr. Melissa Wheeler

Dr. Melissa Wheeler

Dr. Melissa Wheeler is Research Manager and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Ethical Leadership at Ormond College.

She has a PhD in moral and social psychology from the University of Melbourne, and she holds a BA in psychology from the University of Alabama, and a BA (Hons) from the University of Melbourne.

Under the supervision of Dr. Simon Laham and Professor Yoshihisa Kashima, her PhD explored the social process of communication in moral psychology, with a specific look at the effects of moral foundation content and intended audience on the kinds of appeals used in persuasive communication.

Melissa has an ongoing interest in the field of moral psychology and applied ethics, including workplace diversity and inclusion, the effectiveness of ethical frameworks in persuasive communication, and the impacts of unconscious bias. 

Featured Papers:

Social Transmission of Cultural Practices and Implicit Attitudes

Elaborated contextual framing is necessary for action-based attitude acquisition

Levels of religiosity and moral motives