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Michael J. A. Wohl, Graduate Chair


Degrees:Ph.D. (Alberta)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 2908
Office:314G Social Sciences Research Building
Website:Dr. Michael Wohl's Website

Research Interests

Dr. Michael Wohl (Ph.D. 2003, University of Alberta) is a Professor of Psychology at Carleton University. Broadly speaking, he has two areas of research: 1) conflict resolution and 2) disordered gambling.

Conflict resolution: This research focuses on the causes and consequences of harmdoing at both the interpersonal (one person transgressing against another) and intergroup level (historical and contemporary harm experienced by members of one group at the hands of another group). This research examines, among other things, the emotional reaction that stems from harming or being harmed (e.g., angst, guilt) and their effects on psychological and physical health. Ultimately, Wohl’s work is oriented toward seeking means for forgiveness and reconciliation.

Disordered Gambling:  This research focuses on the factors that contribute to addiction (gambling) and refusal to seek treatment. The majority of this work has focused on erroneous cognitions (e.g., perceptions of luck), craving, and contextual factors (e.g., socio-economics) as predictors of continued gambling behaviour. Recently, Wohl has examined why disordered gamblers are reluctant to seek professional help and means to motivate behavioural change (e.g., promoting nostalgic revere for the pre-addicted self).

Funding for his research has come from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ontario Problem Gambling Research Centre, Manitoba Gambling Research Program, Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, National Center for Responsible Gambling, and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation.

Representative Publications

Intra- and Intergroup Relations

Barlow, F. K., Thai, M., Wohl, M. J. A., White, S., Wright, M. A., & Hornsey, M. J. (in press). Perpetrator groups can enhance their moral self-image by accepting their own apologies to victimized groups. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Wohl, M. J. A., Cohen-Chen, S., Halperin, E., Caouette, J., Hayes, N., & Hornsey, M. J. (2015). Belief in the malleability of groups strengthens the collective apology-forgiveness link. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 41, 714–725. dio:10.1177/0146167215576721

Warner, R. H., Wohl, M. J. A., & Branscombe, N. R. (2014). Reflections on the past and conflict in the present: Moral obligation to help suffering others and moral entitlement to do harm in defense of the ingroup. European Journal of Social Psychology, 44, 231-241. doi:10.1002/ejsp.2010.

Halperin, E., Porat, R., & Wohl, M. J. A. (2013). Extinction threat and reciprocal threat reduction: Collective angst predicts willingness to compromise in intractable intergroup conflicts. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 16, 797–813. doi:10.1177/1368430213485994

Wohl, M. J. A., Squires, E. C, & Caouette, J. (2012). We were, we are, will we be? The social psychology of collective angst. Social Psychology and Personality Compass, 6, 379-391. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-9004.2012.00437.x

Intra- and Interpersonal Relations

Wohl, M. J. A., & McLaughlin, K. L. (2014). Self-forgiveness: The good, the bad, and the ugly. Social Psychology and Personality Compass, 8, 422-435. doi: 10.1111/spc3.12119

Davis, C. G., Harasymchuk, C. & Wohl, M. J. A. (2012). Finding meaning in a traumatic loss: A Families approach. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 25, 142-149. doi: 10.1002/jts.21675

Ysseldyk, R., & Wohl, M. J. A. (2012). I forgive therefore I’m committed: A longitudinal examination of commitment after a romantic relationship transgression. Canadian Journal of Behavioural Science, 44, 257-263. doi: 10.1037/a0025463.

Wohl, M. J. A., & McGrath, A. L. (2007). The perception of time heals all wounds: Temporal distance affects willingness to forgive following an interpersonal transgression. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 1023-1035. doi:10.1177/0146167207301021.


Kim, H. S., Wohl, M. J. A., Salmon, M. M., Gupta, R., & Derevensky, J. (in press). Do social casino gamers migrate to online gambling? An assessment of migration rate and potential predictors. Journal of Gambling Studies. doi: 10.1007/s10899-014-9511-0

Wood, R. & Wohl, M. J. A. (in press). Assessing the effectiveness of a responsible gambling focused behavioural feedback tool for reducing the gambling expenditure of at-risk players. International Gambling Studies.

Kim, H. S., & Wohl, M. J. A. (2015). The bright side of feeling disconnected with the past self: Self-discontinuity (via nostalgia) increases readiness to change unhealthy behaviors. Social Psychology and Personality Psychology Science, 6, 229-237. doi:10.1177/1948550614549482

Stzainert, T., Kim, H. S., & Wohl, M. J. A. (2014). Knowledge translation and exchange in gambling research: A beginners guide. Responsible Gambling Review, 1, 64-74.