Hillary Wehe

Hillary Wehe

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Phone: 304-637-1298
Campus Location: Charles E. Albert Hall


  • PhD Cognitive Psychology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Co.
  • B.S. Behavioral Neuroscience, St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Ia.


Before joining the faculty at Davis & Elkins College, Dr. Hillary Wehe taught at Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus. She was a teaching fellow at Colorado State University and is the thee-time recipient of Colorado State’s Mark V. Richard Excellence in Teaching Award. Since being at Davis & Elkins, she has begun the annual Behavioral Science Research Symposium to showcase undergraduate research and was co-awarded the West Virginia Behavioral Health Workforce Initiative Grant from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy to support Davis & Elkins College students in pursuing graduate careers in the mental health field.

Dr. Wehe’s research focuses on student learning, motivation and reward. Specifically, she is interested in the interaction external rewards have on student motivation and engagement in the classroom.

Teaching Areas

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Personality
  • Adolescent Development
  • Psychopathology
  • Physiological Psychology


  • Huynh, H. P., Johnson, C. E., & Wehe, H. (2019). Humble coaches and their influence on players and teams: The mediating role of affect-based (but not cognition-based) trust. Psychological reports.
  • Barenholtz, E., Mavica, L., & Wehe, H. (2017.). Cognitive psychology. Toronto, Canada: Top Hat Monocle, Corp.
  • Wehe, H.S. (2016) Language and Thought in S. Wales & L. Jacobi (Eds.), General Psychology Interactive Text, Toronto, Canada: Top Hat Monocle, Corp.
  • Wehe, H. S., Rhodes, M. G., & Seger, C. A. (2015). Evidence for the negative impact of reward on self-regulated learning. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 68(11), 2125-2130.
  • Liu, Z., Braunlich, K., Wehe, H. S., & Seger, C. A. (2015). Neural networks supporting switching, hypothesis testing, and rule application. Neuropsychologia, 77, 19-34.
  • Seger, C. A., Braunlich, K., Wehe, H. S., & Liu, Z. (2015). Generalization in category learning: the roles of representational and decisional uncertainty. Journal of Neuroscience, 35(23), 8802-8812.