College of Health and Human Services

Health Equity Research Center (HERC)

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The mission of the HERC is to advance health equity and social justice through innovative, interdisciplinary research and community-engaged scholarship.

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The vision of the Health Equity Research Center is to advance health equity through an organized program of interdisciplinary public health, social science, and policy-based research activities. We envision using our expertise to study health inequities and to develop interventions that improve health equity. Our collaboration aims to create an interdisciplinary synergy, bringing new innovative methodological approaches and intervention strategies to addressing current and upcoming population health challenges.

Upcoming events

interdisciplinary research seminars on health equity

2023 Interdisciplinary Research Seminar!

Friday, March 24 @ 12:00-1:00 via Webex
Please join us for a presentation by Dr. Andrew Geers titled:
The avoidance of dental care: Identifying learning mechanisms to prevent dental fear and reduce oral health disparities.

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Dr. Andrew Geers

Dr. Andrew Geers is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Toledo. He is interested in improving health care and medical treatments using psychology theory and behavioral science methodologies. His primary research interests are in the areas of health behavior, treatment outcomes, placebo effects, side effects, and emotion. He received his BA from the University of Cincinnati and his PhD in Experimental Psychology from Ohio University.


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Last Updated: 2/21/23