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Our Team

Research is a team sport. Our lab consists of Dr. Geers, several graduate students, and a team of undergraduates who work together to answer questions about health, treatments, and social psychology.

Interested in working with Dr. Geers? Find out how!

Andrew Geers, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Andy Geers is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Toledo. A native of Ohio, he received his BA from the University of Cincinnati and his PhD in Experimental Psychology from Ohio University. He is interested in the improving health outcomes and medical care by the application and development of personality and social psychology theory. His research focuses on the function of the mind and social relationships in shaping medical outcomes and cultivating healthy behaviors. His research has been published more than 80 times and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Australian Research Council. When he's not at work, you can find Andy hanging out with his wife Suzanne and their small dogs (Lucky and Arrow), wine tasting, traveling, and enjoying nature by hiking or camping.

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Kelly Clemens, M.A.

Graduate Student/Lab Manager

Kelly is a fifth-year doctoral student in the lab. She received her M.A. in Psychology from the University of Toledo, M.A. in Counseling from Oakland University and her B.S. in Education from Central Michigan University. Kelly’s primary research focuses on how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can alter treatment perceptions and decision-making. She is particularly interested in the placebo and nocebo effects, and how these effects can be harnessed to improve healthcare experiences and outcomes. Her work is influenced by complementary and alternative medicine, which owes much of its success to the placebo effect. She aims to empower patients to make informed decisions about their treatments while taking advantage of the integration of psychological and physiological processes. When not in the lab, Kelly is often running, gardening, and hanging out with her partner John and dog Leela.

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Emily Spotts

Graduate Student

Emily is a second-year graduate student. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toledo. Emily’s primary research focuses on how societal influences affect treatment perceptions and decision-making. She is also interested in treatment expectations and the production of placebo and nocebo effects. With her research, Emily hopes to impact the way patients are educated about treatments to minimize the risks of societal expectations altering treatment choice. When not in the lab, Emily can be found reading, spending time with her husband, Joel, and playing with her dog, Myles.

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Michael Vang

Graduate Student

Michael is a second-year graduate student and received his B.A. in Public Health from the University of California, Merced. He is broadly interested in health behaviors, the placebo effect, and improving physician-patient communication. He plans to integrate his research with affect and perception and how it influences health-related outcomes. During his free time, he can be found exercising, getting his weekly running mileages in, and hanging out with friends.

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Sam Mayer

Incoming Graduate Student

Sam is an incoming first-year graduate student.  She received her B.S. in psychology from Fordham University. As a student in the clinical psychology program, she is interested in the relationship between clinical and health psychology.  Sam is interested in how traumatic experiences in both social and medical settings impact health behaviors. She is also focused on addressing and dismantling health disparities from a biopsychosocial perspective. Sam’s goal is to improve patient experiences and health behaviors. In her free time, Sam enjoys listening to music, painting, and most of all, spending time with her dog, Bentley.

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Justin Leiter-McBeth

Graduate Student

Justin is a fifth-year student working under Dr. Mezo and Dr. Geers. He received his B.S. in Psychology from Kent State University. Justin’s primary research focuses on how the perception of body signals (interoceptive awareness) influences emotion and decision making. Specifically, he is interested in mindful versus anxious-hypervigilant interoceptive ability and their physiological effects. When not working, Justin can be found jogging with his dog, watching Netflix, and gardening.

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Lauren Kramer

Graduate Student

Lauren is a second-year student working under Dr. Francis and Dr. Geers. She received a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Family Science from Miami University. Lauren’s primary research interest is on internalizing disorders with a focus on youth anxiety disorders. She is also interested in risk and resilience factors that influence the development and maintaince of anxiety disorders. When not working, Lauren can be found exploring parks with her dog Hopper, creating new recipes, or drawing. 

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2022 Research Assistants

Loren Taylor
3 semesters
Adelay Marks
3 semesters
Lily Hickey
2 semesters
Kim Gorner
3 semesters
Wesley Kalbus
1 semester
Megan Burnham
1 semester
Imani Williams
1 semester
Natalie Frost
1 semester

Where are they now? Take a look at what our past RAs have gone onto!

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