Christopher Wolfe

Christopher Wolfe

Professor, Director of Graduate Studies in Psychology

115 Psychology Building
Oxford, OH 45056
Curriculum Vitae

Center for Human Development, Learning, and Technology Executive Board Member


  • Ph.D. Cognitive Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, 1989. Doctoral Dissertation: Information Seeking in the Context of Bayesian Conditional Probability Problems.
  • M.S. Cognitive Psychology, University of Pittsburgh, 1987. 1989 -1984: Research Assistant to James F. Voss, Learning Research and Development Center, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • M.S. General Psychology, University of Bridgeport, 1984.
  • B.A. Philosophical Analysis in the Behavioral Sciences, Denison University, 1981.

Teaching Interests

Medical Decision Making; Judgment, Decision Making, & Reasoning; Psychology of Language & Thought; Learning & Cognitive Technologies; Cognitive Processes; Interdisciplinary Courses; Interdisciplinary Research; Advising Student Research.

Select Courses Taught at Miami University

  • Psychology of Medical Decision Making Judgment
  • Decision Making & Reasoning Advanced Cognitive Processes Learning and Cognition
  • The Psychology of Language and Thought Special Topics: Computer Assisted Learning
  • Undergraduate Summer Scholars
  • The Internet and the Election: An Interdisciplinary Exploration
  • What is Human Nature? Writing Across the Disciplines
  • Advanced Seminar: Information, Knowledge, & Wisdom
  • Digital Storytelling
  • The Self

Research Interests

Including a book, book chapters, and peer-reviewed journal articles I have over 70 publications. I have been a Primary Investigator or Co-PI on almost 20 grants totaling over $4 million. My research is about higher-order cognition, the way people think, reason, solve problems, make decisions, and develop arguments. Currently, I am conducting research on how people make medical decisions pertaining to genetic mutations and breast cancer risk. Other strands of research are about probability judgments and the psychology of written argumentation. I have had funding by the National Cancer Institute to study medical decision making, and create an intelligent tutoring system to help women decide about genetic testing for breast cancer risk. I am interested in the psychology of writing and conceptual learning. I am especially interested in cognitive technologies and the potential of emerging digital technologies for education and psychological interventions. I have conducted psychological research on reasoning and argumentation, interdisciplinary writing and thinking, judgment and decision-making, analogical reasoning, Web-based interventions, and the assessment of learning and teaching. Along with colleagues I have received federal grant funding from the National Cancer Institute, U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences, and the National Science Foundation; and corporate and foundation funding from Proctor & Gamble, Rise Inc., and Blind Squirrels. A report of the impact of my research, as measured by citations, can be found at


  • Nominated for Associated Student Government Outstanding Professor Award (2019)
  • 2006 Campbell Teaching Award. $6000 from Miami University for Social and Cognitive Technologies from an International Perspective.
  • 2002 Campbell Teaching Award. $3250 from Miami University for Developing the Integrative Seminar.
  • 2010 Nominated for Outstanding Professor, Miami University.
  • 2012 Nominated by Alumni for Effective Educator Award.

Select Research Grants

  • Organizing and Analyzing Web-Based Information and Misinformation about Breast Cancer (Fall 2019). Principal Investigator C.R. Wolfe. $2,988 Miami University Grant to Improve Research and $6,200 Summer Research Appointment, $9,198 total.
  • Validating Gist Inference Score Predictions with a National Sample of Older Women (Spring 2019). Principal Investigator C.R. Wolfe. $500 as a Miami University Doris Bergen Center for Human Development, Learning, & Technology Research Seed Grant.
  • A Web Tutor to Help Women Decide About Testing for Genetic Breast Cancer Risk (2011-13). Primary Investigators C. R. Wolfe & V. F. Reyna. $364,120 from the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute.
  • Web-Based Tutoring of Argument Comprehension and Production Skills (FY 2006-08). $574,929 from the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences.
  • Improving Students’ Comprehension and Construction Of Arguments (FY 2003-2005). $358,888 from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Research and Instruction.
  • Project Dragonfly: An Alliance of Scientists, Teachers, and Children for Elementary Science Education (fiscal years 1995-1997). $1,700,000 from the National Science Foundation.

2019 Publications

  • Wolfe, C. R., & Dandignac, M. (in press). Revisiting flash fiction for Coh-Metrix: Experiential learning with discourse technologies. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching. 
  • Dandignac, M., & Wolfe, C.R. (2020) Gist Inference Sources predict gist memory for authentic patient education cancer texts. Patient Education and Counseling, 103, 1562 - 1567.
  • Wolfe, C.R., Dandignac, M., Sullivan, R., Moleski, T., & Reyna, V.F. (2019) Automatic evaluation of cancer treatment texts for gist inferences and comprehension. Medical Decision Making, 39, 939 - 949.
  • Wolfe, C.R., Dandignac, M., & Reyna, V.F. (2019). A theoretically motivated method for automatically evaluating texts for gist inferences. Behavior Research Methods. https://doi.orf/10.3758/s13428-019-01284-4