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 2021.

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 Integrating Social Psychology and Health in Research lab webpage for more information.

Selected Publications 

Geers, A. L., Faasse, K., Guevarra, D., Clemens, K., Helfer, S., & Colagiuri, B. (in press). Affect and emotions in placebo and nocebo effects: What do we know so far? Social and Personality Psychology Compass

Clemens, K., Tull, M. T., Murray, A., Boardley, D., Tipton, J., & Geers, A. L. (2020). Examination of the relationship between affect, values, and physical activity among cancer survivors. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 18, 68-74. 

Barnes, K., Faasse, K., Geers, A. L., Helfer, S. G., Sharpe, L., Colloca, L., & Colagiuri, B. (2019).Can positive framing reduce nocebo side-effects?: Current evidence and recommendations for future research. Frontiers in Pharmacology, 10, e167. 

Faasse, K., Huynh, A., Pearson, S., Geers, A.L., Helfer, S.G., & Colagiuri, B. (2019). The influence of side effect information framing on nocebo effects. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 53, 621-629. 

Geers, A. L., Briñol, P., & Petty, R. E. (2019). An analysis of the basic processes of formation and change of placebo expectations. Review of General Psychology, 23, 211-229. 

Geers, A. L., Close, S. R., Caplandies, F., Pertiwi, Y., Murray, A., Vogel, C., Handley, I.M., & Vase, L. A. (2019). Testing a positive affect induction to reduce verbally-induced nocebo hyperalgesia in an experimental pain paradigm. Pain, 160, 2290-2297. 

Geers, A. L., Close, S. R., Caplandies, F., & Vase, L. (2019). A positive mood induction for reducing the formation of nocebo effects from side effect information. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 11, 999-1008. 

Geers, A. L., Fowler, S. L., Helfer, S. G., & Murray, A. B. (2019). Test of psychological and electrodermal changes immediately following the delivery of three analgesic treatment messages. Pain Reports, e693. 

Tang, B., Geers, A. L., Barnes, K., & Colagiuri, B. (2019).Instrumental control enhances placebo analgesia. Journal of Pain, 20, 1486-1497. 

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: 11/25/20