Department of Psychology

Health Psychology Lab

Jason C. Levine, Ph.D.
The Health Psychology Laboratory

My laboratory, the Health Psychology Laboratory, is committed to using a biopsychosocial approach to understand psychosocial phenomenon.  I conduct basic experimental research and treatment outcome studies in order to understand physiological, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral factors involved in psychopathology and chronic medical conditions (e.g. diabetes).   I often use non-invasive measures of peripheral physiology (e.g. ECG, ICG, SCL), with an emphasis on cardiovascular functioning.


In recent work I have attempted to understand how heart rate variability interplays with emotion regulation processes and perseverative thinking (i.e. worry and rumination) in the context of generalized anxiety disorder.  The aim of this research is to identify underlying biological processes that contribute to and maintain anxiety.

My lab is currently investigating the influence of "values clarification" on acute and prolonged stress responses. Values clarification is an integral component of several third wave behavior therapies, and clinical behavior analysis, yet research is quite limited in understanding how values clarification relates to psychological and physiological outcomes.

Another ongoing study in the Health Psychology Lab is investigating subgroups of treatment-seeking patients with GAD and comorbid MDD, who cluster together on baseline measures of emotion regulation and experiential avoidance. Further, we are interested in how these latent classes relate to treatment outcome.


Type 2 diabetes

In collaboration with other researchers, I investigate the role of self-regulatory cognitive and behavioral factors involved in type 2 diabetes (T2DM).  T2DM is recognized as a bio-behavioral disorder that requires patients to enact volitional control over blood glucose levels.  Research in my lab is interested in identifying factors that promote or impede self-management of diabetes. 

The Health Psychology Lab is currently investigating the relationships between illness perceptions (BIPQ) and objective glycemic control (HbA1c) in a primary care medical population.

Cardiovascular disease

Our lab is interested in the relationships between psychosocial factors, coping, and cardiovascular disease. We collect ongoing data on patients undergoing phase 2 of cardiac rehabilitation.



I am interested in questions related to psychotherapy efficacy and effectiveness.   My work attempts to elucidate “active ingredients” of psychotherapy; variables related to change in therapeutic outcomes.   This work encompasses the influence of client and therapist variables, as well as specific and common factors of psychotherapy.   We continuously collect data from clients seen in the University of Toledo Psychology Clinic, and use this data to answer basic questions about how therapy works (or does not work).

For more information on the Health Psychology Lab please visit their website: Toledo Health Psychology Lab

The Health Psychology Lab is also part of the University of Toledo Anxiety and Stress Lab: hhtp://

Dr. Levine and the Health Psychology Lab also run the Cardiac Behavioral Medicine Service at the University of Toledo Medical Center, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine - Cardiac Rehab:


If you are interested in applying to my lab group as a Ph.D. student:

I am looking for bright, motivated, conscientious students with very a strong commitment to science, good research experience, and solid academic training. Interested students should contact me directly by email.

Graduate students that are typically well suited for the Health Psychology Lab will be interested in obtaining a balanced clinical and research-based training experience. Students will learn to apply the scientific method to both research and practice, a true implementation of the scientist-practitioner model. Students may be interested in ultimately pursuing a career with an emphasis on clinical service delivery and/or teaching, including an academic clinical position (e.g., academic medical center or medical school), Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, or primary care behavioral health setting.

**The Health Psychology Lab will interview prospective graduate students this year for admission starting the 2019-2020 academic year. Please visit the clinical psychology application procedures website for additional information: University of Toledo Clinical Psychology Graduate Program Application Procedures

Last Updated: 6/30/19