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Joseph Wister PhD

Joseph Wister

Associate Professor of Psychology; Chair, Undergraduate Psychology
Hometown : Camden, NJ
Joined Chatham : 1985

Personal Areas of Interest

Travel, Snorkeling, Hiking, Music, and Cooking


Joseph A Wister is Associate Professor of Psychology at Chatham University. A member of the Psychology Department since 1985, Dr. Wister has taught Learning, Psychobiology, Animal Behavior, Statistics and Research Design, and The Psychology of Eating. With William Lenz of the English Department, Dr. Wister has traveled on Chatham Abroad with students to Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands, Belize, and Guatemala. His research interests include animal feeding and foraging behavior, the psychology of eating, and pedagogy.


  • BA, Rutgers University, 1977
  • MA, Miami University, 1983
  • Ph.D.,Miami University, 1987


  • Valutis, S.A., Goreczny, A.J., Wister, J.A., Newton, H., Popp, S., & Vavrek, J. (2008). Relationships among coping, weight preoccupation, and body image in college undergraduates. Scientific Journals International, Journal of Psychiatry, Psychology and Mental Health, 2(1).
  • Lenz, W.E. and Wister, J.A. (2008) Short term abroad with long term benefits. International Educator 17(3), 84-87.


  • Psi Chi
  • Buhl Professor


  • Eastern Psychological Association
  • Association for Psychological Science


  • Goreczny, A. J., Valutis, S., Wister, J., & Abdullah, L. (2008). Percent body fat as a mediating factor for weight preoccupation? Presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies
  • Wister, J., Valutis, S., Goreczny, A. & Lubinski, L. (2008). Free Associations to the Word ‘Food’ by Dieting and Non-Dieting Women, Poster at the 20th Annual Convention of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago, IL