My current research focuses on understanding why people engage in different types of workplace behavior. I explore the causes and consequences of workplace behavior by combining evolutionary, developmental, and cognitive perspectives. In particular, I am interested in identifying how developmental environments influence career compromise, organizational citizenship behavior, and counterproductive workplace behavior. How important is environmental consistency, and how can stress-adapted skills be leveraged within the workplace?
"Scientific research is one of the most exciting and rewarding of occupations."
― Frederick Sanger
Wuth, A., & Cismaru, M. (2021). A conceptual and operational review of the negative financial health terminology and constructs. International Business Research, 14(4). https://doi.org/10.5539/ibr.v14n4p1
Wuth, A., Mishra, S., Beshai, S., & Feeney, J. (2021). Experiences of developmental unpredictability and harshness predict adult cognition: An examination of maladaptive schemas, positive schemas, and cognitive distortions. Current Psychology, preprint available online. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-020-01274-2. [PDF].
Cismaru, M. & Wuth, A. (2019). Identifying and Analyzing Social-marketing Initiatives Using a Theory-based Approach. Journal of Social Marketing, 9(4). https://doi.org/10.1108/JSOCM-06-2018-0063
Mishra, S., Beshai, S., Wuth, A., & Refaie, N. (2019). Risk factors, protective factors, and psychological resilience: The moderating role of mindfulness and self-efficacy on problem gambling. International Gambling Studies, 19(2), 241-264. https://doi.org/10.1080/14459795.2018.1545242
Refaie, N., Wuth, A., & Mishra, S. (under review). Perceptions of benefits in risky activities completely mediates the relationship between dark triad personalities and behavioral risk.
Research Reports, Book Chapters, and Encyclopedia Entries
Wuth, A. & Mishra, S. (2019). Environmental unpredictability and bet-hedging. In T. K. Shackelford & V. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. New York, NY: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_3695-1
Wuth, A. & Mishra, S. (2019). Extrinsic mortality. In T. K. Shackelford & V. Weekes-Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science. New York, NY: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_2365-1
"Maximum distribution of research findings is essential to maximise their impact."
― Mark Walport
Wuth, A., & Mishra, S. (2022, November). Developmental experiences, gambling cognitions, and problem gambling behavior. Poster presentation at the Society for Judgment and Decision Making Conference, San Diego, California.
Wuth, A., & Cismaru, M. (2019, October). Terminology and constructs of financial distress: A conceptual and operational review. Oral, paper presentation at the North American Social Marketing Conference, Ottawa, Ontario.
Wuth, A., & Cismaru, M. (2019, August). Identifying and analyzing social marketing initiatives using a theory-based approach. Oral Presentation at the American Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
Wuth, A., & Mishra, S. (2019, June). Oral Presentation at the Human Behavior and Evolutionary Science Conference, Boston, Massachusetts
Wuth, A., & Mishra, S. (2019, March). Problem gambling, risk attitudes, and perceived benefits of risk-taking. Poster presentation at the Alberta Gambling Research Institute Conference, Banff, Alberta.
Wuth, A., Mishra, S., Beshai, S., & Feeney, J. (2018, November). Developmental environments, cognitions, and social comparison reactions: The impact of childhood experiences on thoughts and beliefs. Poster presentation at the Society of Judgement and Decision-Making Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.
Wuth, A., Refaie, N., Mishra, S., & Beshai, S. (2018, April). Protective factors buffer the effects of frequent gambling on problem gambling. Poster presentation at the Alberta Gambling Research Institute Conference, Banff, Alberta.
Wuth, A., Carlson, E. & Redford, R. (2017, June). Perceiver effects in individuals with psychopathic traits: Global or situational? Oral presentation at the Canadian Psychology Association National Convention, Toronto, Ontario.
Invited Research Talks
Wuth, A. & Cismaru, M. (2018, August). Promoting Financial Wellbeing: Lessons learned from a systematic review. Oral presentation for Conexus Credit Union, Region, SK.
Wuth, A. & Cismaru, M. (2018, February). How to design and evaluate a behavior change initiative: A step by step approach. Invited Presentation to Conexus Credit Union, Regina, Saskatchewan.
"After all, the ultimate goal of all research is not objectivity, but truth."
― Helene Deutsch
Research Assistant Positions
Financial Wellbeing Social Marketing Research Assistant
September 2017- December 2019
Working for Magdalena Cismaru, I conducted literature searches and online searches for financial wellness campaigns and initiatives, and contributed to coding efforts. I am also collaborating on manuscripts addressing how existing financial wellbeing campaigns utilize social marketing principles to guide change, and reconceptualizing financial distress terminology for continued discourse.
Undergraduate Research Projects
Understanding Mediators of Educational Attainment within a Correctional Treatment Facility
September 2016- April 2017
The purpose of this retrospective study was to understand who accesses correctional education programs at a provincially run correctional and treatment facility; compile clinical and inmate profiles of students and non-students; and through a quasi-experimental matched control group, determine whether students had lower recidivism post-release. Educational files from 2009-2011 and records of clinical and inmate variables from 2009-2012 were analyzed to match students and non-students on age, days spent at the facility, risk level (LSI-OR), substance abuse (DAST), total previous charges, race, and cognitive abilities (Shipley-2). Results were disseminated though a final report, technical brief, and oral presentation.
Context-Specific Perceiver Effects Associated with Primary and Secondary Factors of Psychopathy and Distinct Psychopathic Traits
September 2016- April 2017
Under the supervision of Erika Carlson, I investigated whether contextually divergent perceiver effects exist for individuals with psychopathic traits in subclinical community samples. I collaborated with other honours thesis and graduate student to create the experimental design, complete ethics approval, and design instructional guides for research assistants.