Anthony J. Wheeler - Experimental & Applied Psychological Science

Anthony Wheeler, PhD

Thoughts About USU's Experimental & Applied Psychological Science Program

"...the department and faculty have been incredibly flexible... I was allowed and encouraged to work in every office and organization I could get my foot in the door and every project I could get my hands on."

Research Mentor

Research Consulting Supervisor

Research Consulting Supervisor

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Career Information

Anthony has recently accepted a position as Manager of Payment Policy and Reimbursement with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). He will manage cost-effectiveness research related to orthopaedic surgery as well as managing the Academy's relationships with government and private health insurers. He will also fill the role of liaison to the American Medical Association (AMA) and other health economics committees.

While in graduate school Anthony has gained experience as a health services researcher conducting economic evaluations, comparative effectiveness studies, and patient-reported outcomes research. Anthony is also skilled in meta-analytic research. With extensive experience using administrative claims data and researching the context of all types of health payer systems, he has successfully managed research projects from conceptualization to publication, working alongside physicians, health care administrators, and academicians.


Anthony will complete his PhD through the Department of Psychology at Utah State University in Spring 2013. His dissertation, conducted under the direction of Dr. Scott DeBerard, is titled Revision Burden and Economic Costs of Lumbar Total Disc Replacement versus Lumbar Fusion Surgery. He also earned his MS at Utah State University (2012) with his thesis titled Pre-surgical Biophychosocial Variables as Predictors of Medical Costs in Lumber Fusion Patients Receiving Workers' Compensation. Prior to joining the graduate program at Utah State University, Anthony completed his undergraduate work at Metropolitan State University in 2008.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • Wheeler, A.J., Smith, A.S., Gundy, J.G., Sautter, T., & DeBerard, M.S. (In press). Back pain in workers compensation: An introduction for neuropsychologists. The Clinical Neuropsychologist. Link to abstract
  • Pratt, K.M., DeBerard, M.S., Davis, J.W., Wheeler, A.J., & Gundy, J.M. (2012). Primary care providers’ perception and satisfaction with an integrated healthcare model in a university setting. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Electronically published ahead of print.
  • Wheeler, A.J., Gundy, J.M., & DeBerard, M.S. (2012). Using presurgical biopsychosocial variables to predict cost outcomes of patients receiving lumbar fusion via workers' compensation. Spine, 37, 605-611.
  • DeBerard, M.S, Wheeler, A.J., Gundy, J.M., Stein, D.M., & Colledge, A.L. (2011). Presurgical biopsychosocial variables predict medical, compensation, and aggregate costs of lumbar discectomy in Utah workers' compensation patients. The Spine Journal. 11, 395-401. Link to abstract