• B.S., Baldwin-Wallace College
  • M.S., Ph.D., Cornell University

Online Profiles

Areas of Interest

My research has focused on how effective education and health communication can create knowledge and behavior changes that lead to improved well-being and happiness. Although many of these lines of research are intertwined, three themes emerge: (1) how health communication can be effective in environments wrought with misinformation and myths, (2) how educational systems shape learning and behavior, as well as how students’ own traits interact with those systems to contribute to their success, and (3) how delay of gratification and representations of subjective well-being contribute to health and financial decisions. As a psychologist of cognitive development, I often investigate these topics through the lens of comparing intuition to deliberate analysis, specifically identifying contexts in which the former can be superior.

Courses Taught
  • PSYC-100: Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC-250: Statistics and Experimental Design
  • PSYC-299: Applied Psychology
  • PSYC-327: Developmental Psychology
  • PSYC-399: Judgment and Decision Making
  • PSYC-399: Intermediate Statistics for Social Sciences
  • PSYC-399: Decisions and the Brain
  • FYSM-101: Happiness and Other Illusions

Wilhelms, E. A., Fraenkel, L., & Reyna, V. F. (2018). Effects of probabilities, adverse outcomes, and status quo on perceived riskiness of medications: Testing explanatory hypotheses concerning gist, worry, and numeracy. Applied Cognitive Psychology.

Fraenkel, L., Reyna, V. F., Cozmuta, R., Cornell, D., Nolte, J., & Wilhelms, E. A. (2018). Do Visual Aids Influenced Patients’ Risk Perceptions for Rare and Very Rare Risks?Patient Education and Counseling.

Cozmuta, R., Wilhelms, E. A., Cornell, D., Nolte, J., Reyna, V.F., & Fraenkel, L. (2018). The Influence of Explanatory Images on Risk Perceptions and Treatment Preference. Arthritis Care & Research.

Brust-Renck, P. G., Reyna, V. F., Wilhelms, E. A., Wolfe, C. R., Widmer, C. L., Cedillos-Whynott, E. M., & Morant, A. K. (2017). Active engagement in a web-based tutorial to prevent obesity predicts improved knowledge, gist comprehension, and endorsement of healthy values. Behavior Research Methods 49,1386–1398.

Reyna, V. F., & Wilhelms, E. A. (2017). The gist of delay of gratification: Understanding and predicting problem behaviors.Journal of Behavioral Decision Making 30 (2), 610-625.

Wilhelms, E. A., & Reyna, V. F. (Eds.) (2015). Neuroeconomics, judgment, and decision making. New York, NY: Psychology Press.