Integrating Social Psychology and Health in Research

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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.



Two New Graduate Student First-Author Publications!

Third-year graduate student Kelly Clemens recently published two first-author publications in the journals Safety Science and the Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science. Congratulations Kelly and keep up the great work!

You can check out the articles here: (Affect, Values, and Physical Activity) and (COVID-19 Safety-Focused Product Purchasing).

Inspiration and Serendipity

In a typical semester, the InSPHIRe Lab recruits around 25 undergraduate research assistants at various levels of training. Some seek out our lab specifically because they are interested in social psychology and health, while others are simply in the right place at the right time–something former lab member Charles Vogel calls “serendipity.” Read his story of how grabbing an opportunity he didn’t know existed led to graduate school to become a school psychologist:

If you are interested in what our other former graduate and undergraduate students are doing, please check out the ‘Former Students’ section of our website:

Two Undergraduate Research Awards!


The InSPHIRe Lab proudly congratulates both Emily Jason and Buse Kahyaoglu for receiving research awards from the UT Office of Undergraduate Research for the Fall 2020 semester!

Emily Jason’s research titled “Message Framing and Perceptions of Generic Medications” aims to identify perceptions of generic and name-brand medications, and how these perceptions may influence treatment choice.

Buse Kahyaoglu’s research titled “The Impact of Treatment Names on Illusory Correlations in Healthcare Contexts” focuses on how treatment names (e.g., prescribed medications) impact views of treatment and influence the likelihood of treatment engagement (vs. a complementary and alternative medicine [CAM] treatment).

Congratulations to you both and good luck with your research!

Dr. Geers Awarded Grant to Study the Psychological Processes that Inhibit the Nocebo Effect


We are proud to announce that InSPHIRe member Dr. Andrew Geers and Dr. Ben Colagiuri of the University of Sydney were awarded a large federally-funded grant from the Australian Research Council to examine the psychological processes that inhibit the nocebo effect. Congratulations! We look forward to hearing about the forthcoming research.

Two Papers about the Impact of COVID-19 Accepted for Publication!

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on daily life, yet has offered a unique opportunity to research social psychology and health. Members of the InSPHIRe Lab have been busy designing and conducting research to examine various facets of the pandemic, including the impact of the stay-at-home orders. Two recent papers, in collaboration with the Personality and Emotion Research and Treatment (PERT) Lab, have been accepted for publication! These papers (listed below) are in press but should be released soon.

Gratz, K. L., Tull, M. T., Richmond, J. R., Edmonds, K. A., Scamaldo, K., & Rose, J. P. (in press). Thwarted belongingness and perceived burdensomeness explain the associations of COVID-19 social and economic consequences to suicide risk. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior.

Tull, M. T., Edmonds, K. A., Scamaldo, K., Richmond, J. R., Rose, J. P., & Gratz, K. L. (in press). Psychological outcomes associated with stay-at-home orders and the perceived impact of COVID-19 on daily life. Psychiatry Research.

Former InSPHIRe Member Dr. Erin Vogel Moves from UCSF to Stanford University! Check out her most recent webinar about Teenage Trends in Vaping, E-Cigs, and Social Media.

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Former InSPHIRe student Dr. Erin Vogel has now moved from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to Stanford University. Congratulations Erin! She recently presented an online webinar covering vaping, e-cigarettes, social media, and their effects on teenagers’ health and well-being. Check it out by clicking the link below!

#Vaporized: Navigating Teenage Trends in Vaping, E-Cigs, & Social Media


Former InSPHIRe Member Dr. Ashley Murray Presents How-To Guide for NCI HINTS Dataset

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Former InSPHIRe student Dr. Ashley Murray presents in this newly released National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) webinar about how to use the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) 5 Cycle 3 Dataset. Follow the link below to watch the presentation!

Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS) 5 Cycle 3 Data: A How-To Guide for Using the New Data in your Research

Graduate Student First Author Publication!

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Third-year graduate student Keith Edmonds published as first author in AIDS Care with Dr. Jason Rose and recent InSPHIRe graduate, Dr. Olivia Aspiras. This work was in collaboration with the Drs. Kim Gratz and Matthew Tull of the Personality and Emotion Research and Treatment (PERT) lab at the University of Toledo. Congratulations everyone!

Check out the publication here: