James P. Whelan, Ph.D.

James P. Whelan, Ph.D.

Professor (Clinical Health), Director of Psychological Services Center

Psychology Building, Room 126
Office Hours


Ph.D., The University of Memphis
M.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania
B.A., LaSalle College

Research Interests

  • Problem and Pathological Gambling
  • Assessment and Treatment of Addictive Behaviors
  • Gambling Behavior


Whelan, J. P., Steenbergh, T. A., & Meyers, A. W. (2007) Problem and Pathological Gambling. Cambridge MA: Hogrefe & Huber

Sample of Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Winfree, W. R.*, Ginley, M. K.*, Whelan, J. P., & Meyers, A. W. (2015). Psychometric evaluation of the Gamblers' Beliefs Questionnaire with treatment-seeking disordered gamblers. Addictive Behaviors, 43, 97-102.

  • Ginley, M. K.*, Whelan, J. P., Relyea, G. E., Meyers, A. W., & Pearlson, G. D. (2016). Testing the acquired preparedness model: Predicting college student gambling frequency and symptomatology. Journal of Gambling Studies, 31, 907-919.

  • Simmons, J.*, Whelan, J. P., Meyers, A. W. (2016). Gambling outcome expectancies and gambling behavior among African-American adolescents: Gender as a moderating variable. Journal of Gambling Studies, 32, 205-215.

  • Marchetti, D.*, Whelan, J.P., Verrocchio, M.C., Ginley, M.K.*, Fulcheri, M. Relyea, G.E., & Meyers, A.W. (2016). Psychometric evaluation of the Italian translation of the Gamblers' Belief Questionnaire. International Gambling Studies, 16, 17-30.

  • Ginley, M.K.*, Whelan, J.P., Keating, H.A.*, & Meyers, A.W. (2016). Gambling warning messages: The impact of winning and losing on message reception across a gambling session. Psychology of Addictive Behavior, 30(8), 931-938.

  • Pfund, R.A.*, Whelan, J.P., Greenburg, J.E.*, Peter, S.C.*, & Meyers, A.W. (in press). Psychological distress as an indicator of co-occurring psychopathology among treatment-seeking disordered gamblers. Journal of Gambling Studies. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14459795.2016.1231211

  • Peter, S.C.*, Whelan, J.P., Ginley, M.K.*, Pfund, R.A.*, & Meyers, A.W. (in press). Disordered gamblers with and without ADHD: The role of coping in elevated psychological distress. International Gambling Studies.

  • Ginley, M.K.*, Whelan, J.P., Pfund, R.A.*, Peter, S.C.*, & Meyers, A.W. (in press). Warning messages for electronic gambling machines: Evidence for regulatory policies. Addiction Research and Theory. DOI : 10.1080/16066359.2017.1321740.

*signifies student authors