Department of Psychology

Andrew Geers

Picture of Andrew GeersPhD, Ohio University, 2001

Office: UH 6516
Phone: 419-530-8530
Fax: (419) 530-8479

Mailing Address:
Department of Psychology
University of Toledo
2801 West Bancroft St.
Toledo, Ohio 43606-3390

Dr. Geers will be accepting students for the Fall of 2019.

Dr. Geers' CV can be viewed here.

Research Interests 

  • expectations and persuasion
  • psychology of drug side effects
  • formation of affect and emotion
  • placebo effects
  • initiation and maintenance of health beliefs and behavior
  • decision making

Please visit the Intergrating Social Psychology and Health in Research lab webpage for more information.

*Steering committee member of the Social Personality Health Network

Selected Publications 

Barnes, K., Faasse, K., Geers, A. L., Helfer, S. G., Sharpe, L., Colloca, L., & Colagiuri, B. (in press). Can positive framing reduce nocebo side-effects? Current evidence and recommendations for future research. Frontiers in Pharmacology.

Faasse, K., Huynh, A., Pearson, S., Geers, A.L., Helfer, S.G., & Colagiuri, B. (in press). The influence of side effect information framing on nocebo effects. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.  

Geers, A. L., Briñol, P., & Petty, R. E. (in press). An analysis of the basic processes of formation and change of placebo expectations.Review of General Psychology.

Geers, A. L., Close, S. R., Caplandies, F., & Vase, L. (in press). A positive mood induction for reducing the formation of nocebo effects from side effect information. Annals of Behavioral Medicine

Geers, A. L., Close, S. R., Caplandies, F., Pertiwi, Y., Murray, A., Vogel, C., Handley, I.M., & Vase, L. A. (in press). Testing a positive affect induction to reduce verbally-induced nocebo hyperalgesia in an experimental pain paradigm. Pain.

Geers, A. L., Fowler, S. L., Helfer, S. G., & Murray, A. B. (in press). Test of psychological and electrodermal changes immediately following the delivery of three analgesic treatment messages. Pain Reports.

*Maras, J. Murray, A. M., Boardley, D., Van Wasshenova, E., Tull, M. T., Tipton, J., & Geers, A. L. (in press). Assessing the relationship between implicit and explicit evaluations of fruit and vegetable consumption by cancer survivors. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

*Tang, B., Geers, A.L., Barnes, K., & Colagiuri, B. (in press). Instrumental control enhances placebo analgesia. Journal of Pain.

Caplandies, F., Brown, J. A., Murray, A., & Geers, A. L. (2018). Choice and enjoyment of exercise: A test of three moderating variables.Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 38, 47-55.

Geers, A. L., Briñol, P., Vogel, E. A., Aspiras, O., Caplandies, F. C., & Petty, R. E. (2018). The application of persuasion theory to placebo effects. International Review of Neurobiology138, 113-136.

Caplandies, F., Colagiuri, B., Helfer, S. G., & Geers, A. L. (2017). Effect type but not attribute framing alters nocebo headaches in an experimental paradigm. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, 4, 259-273.

Geers, A. L., Vanwasshenova, E., Murray, A. B., Mahas, R., Fahlman, M. M., & Boardley, D. (2017). Affective associations as predictors of health behavior in urban minority youth. Health Psychology, 36, 996-1005.

Brown, J. A., Oikawa, M., Rose, J. P., Haught, H., & Geers, A. L. (2015). Choosing across cultures: The effect of choice complexity on treatment outcomes. Journal of Behavioral Decision-Making, 28, 515-528.

Fowler, S. L. & Geers, A. L. (2015).Comparative and dispositional optimism as interactive predictors: The moderating role of psychological distance. Psychology and Health, 30, 456-474.

Haught, H., Rose, J. P., Brown, J. A., & Geers, A. L. (2015). Subjective social status and health: The roles of self-construal and referent abstraction. Journal of Social Psychology, 155, 356-369.

Helfer, S. G., Elhai, J., & Geers, A. L. (2015). Affect and exercise: Positive affective expectations can increase post-exercise mood and exercise intentions. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 49, 269-279.

Geers, A. L. & Miller, F. G. (2014). Understanding and translating knowledge about placebo effects: The contribution of psychology. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 27, 326-331.

Geers, A. L., Rose, J. P., & Brown, J. A. (2014). Aligning research and practice: Implications of patient-centered care for placebo effects. The Patient: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research, 7, 1-3.

Rose, J. P., Geers, A. L., Fowler, S. L., & Rasinski, H. M. (2014). Choice-making, expectations, and treatment positivity: How and when choosing shapes aversive experiences. Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 27, 1-10.

Geers, A. L., Rose, J. P., Fowler, S. L., Rasinski, H., Brown, J. A., & Helfer, S. G. (2013). Why does choice enhance treatment effectiveness: Using placebo treatments to demonstrate the role of personal control. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105, 549-566.

Neff, L. A. & Geers, A. L. (2013). Optimistic expectations in marriage: A resource or vulnerability for adaptive relationship functioning? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105, 38-60.

Last Updated: 6/30/19