Melissa A. Wheeler

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Melbourne

Dr Melissa Wheeler is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow and Research Manager at the Centre for Ethical Leadership and an Honorary Fellow of the Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences and of the Melbourne Poche Centre for Indigenous Health. She has a PhD in moral and social psychology from the University of Melbourne. Her research covers three main areas: unconscious bias, gender equality, and how people communicate their moral beliefs.

Melissa’s current research in the field of moral psychology explores shifts in moral language use following traumatic events, creativity when faced with moral dilemmas, and how people use persuasive language to encourage others to adopt their moral positions. She is actively involved in the Gender Equality Project at the Centre for Ethical Leadership, which is currently investigating the effectiveness of gender targets and quotas for increasing female representation in leadership positions.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Melbourne