Virgil Sheets, Ph.D.

Virgil Sheets

Degree: Environmental Psychology, Arizona State University

Research Interests/Specialties: Close Relationships, Environmental Preferences, Identity Symbolism

Joined ISU: August, 1993

Dr. Sheets received his Ph.D. from Arizona State University in 1993. His research interests are in environmental psychology and social psychology (close relationships), and statistics. His current projects include cross-cultural studies of friendship, communication and closeness over the Internet, symbolic importance of possessions, and emotional ties to places.  He teaches courses in statistics, environmental, and social psychology.


Sheets, V.L. (2014).  Passion for life: Self-expansion and passionate love across the lifespan. Journal of Social & Personal Relationships, 31, 958-974.

Kristeller, J., Wolever, R.Q., & Sheets, V. (2014).  Mindfulness-based eating awareness (MB-EAT) for binge eating: A randomized clinical trial.  Mindfulness, 5, 282-297.

Segal, J., Sacapolous, M., Sheets, V., Thurston, I., Brooks, K., & Puccia, R. (2012).  On-line doctor reviews: Do they track surgeon volume, a proxy for quality of care? Journal of Medical Internet Research, 14, 199-211.

Kristeller, J.L., Sheets, V., Johnson, T., & Frank, B. (2011).  Understanding religious and spiritual influences on adjustment to cancer:  Individual patterns and differences.  Journal of Behavioral       Medicine, 34, 550-561.

Sheets, V., & Lugar, R. (2005). Gender and friendship in Russia and the United States. Sex Roles, 52, 131-140.

Sheets, V., & Lugar, R. (2005). Sources of conflict between friends in Russia and the United States. Cross-cultural Research, 39, 380-390.

Sheets, V., & Ajmere, K. (2005). Are romantic partners a source of college students’ weight concerns? Eating Behaviors,6, 1-9.

Sheets, V., Fox, S., McGuire, C., & Spindler, K. (2003). Cognitive technology and self-presentation: Perceptions and self-perceptions of users and non-users. Cognitive Technology, 8, 18-25.

Sheets, V. & Wolf, M. (2001). Sexual jealousy in heterosexuals, lesbians, and gays. Sex Roles, 44, 255-276.


Department of Psychology