Integrating Social Psychology and Health in Research


The InSPHIRe lab is a joint effort between Drs. Jason Rose and Andrew Geers aiming to inform health research, behavior, and outcomes using social psychological principles. Some of the common themes in our research include the placebo effect, risk perception, patient choice, and social comparison. We are located at the University of Toledo in Toledo, Ohio, USA. For more information about the lab and our research, please see the links above. Also check out the UT Department of Psychology for other research and department news.



Graduate Student, Noelle Herzog, Recognized by Graduate Council

Noelle Herzog (Advisor, Jason Rose, PhD) was recognized on Tuesday by the University of Toledo Graduate Faculty and Council for excellence in research and scholarship in her graduate program, thus contributing to the expansion of knowledge and advancing professional development through scholarly activities. Great job and congratulations!

Pictured left to right: Wissam AbouAlaiwi, Ph.D., Graduate Council Chair, Noelle Herzog, MA, and Scott Molitor, Ph.D., Acting Dean of the College of Graduate Studies

Undergraduate Student Honored with Research Award!

Loren Taylor, an InSPHIRe undergraduate lab member, was recently announced as a recipient of the 2022 Fall Academic Year Research Program award from the University of Toledo Office of Undergraduate Research!

Loren Taylor’s research titled “Cultural Factors Alter Dental Fear Development” aims to understand the mechanisms behind dental fear development across cultures to assess differences.

Congratulations Loren and good luck with your research!

Do you have dental anxiety?

Dr. Andrew Geers discusses dental anxiety and etymology with reporter, Shira Feder, of The Paper Gown.

“We find that having a really negative, painful dental experience early in your history seems to be important for development of dental fear and phobia,” says Andrew Geers, an experimental psychologist and professor at the University of Toledo who researches dental phobias. When children have bad experiences at the dentist’s office, they may later put off scheduling appointments, cancel their appointments and have more cavities.”

Take a look for the full article at the following link: