The Ohio State University at Lima

Joseph P. Green, Ph.D. - Professor of Psychology

Contact Information

Office: Galvin 430
Mailing address:
4240 Campus Dr.
Lima, OH 45804

Dr. Green is a Professor of Psychology at The Ohio State University, Lima. Dr. Green has published over 50 journal articles and book chapters, delivered over 60 professional presentations, and has co-edited a book on the use of hypnosis within women's health care. He conceptualizes hypnotic phenomena as resulting from social, cognitive, and interpersonal variables, including what participants' perceive their appropriate role to be, and attempts to explain hypnotic behavior without recourse to altered states of consciousness or special mental processes (Lynn & Green, 2011). He has examined cultural beliefs about hypnosis and has shown that myths and misconceptions about hypnosis abound (Green, 2012; Capafons, Mendoza, Espejo, Green, Lopes-Pires, et al., in press; Green, et al., 2006), and that personal experience with hypnosis often attenuates mistaken beliefs and attitudes (Green, 2003). Green's research demonstrates how merely labeling an experimental session as hypnosis can dramatically affect participants' behavior, including the age at which they purportedly remember their first memory (Green, 1999), the nature of recalled memories (Green, Lynn & Malinoski, 1998), and confidence associated with recalled events. He and his colleagues have examined how hypnosis is portrayed on apps for the iPhone and iPad (Sucala, et al., 2013) and whether hypnotic responsiveness varies throughout the day (Green et al., 2014).

In 2000, Green and Lynn conducted a critical review of the applied use of hypnosis and suggestion-based techniques for smoking cessation. In spite of the many flaws and shortcomings of previous research in this area, hypnosis showed some promise as a cost effective intervention for smoking cessation (see also Lynn, Green, Accardi, & Cleere, 2010). His work served as a clarion call for rigorous and methodologically sound investigations comparing hypnosis to established empirically supported treatments for smoking cessation. Green also led two meta-analytic investigations of how gender impacted hypnosis-based treatments for smoking (Green, Lynn & Montgomery, 2006, 2008). In a series of book chapters, Green encouraged clinicians to attend to gender-based concerns and illustrated how hypnosis-based suggestions can complement cognitive behavioral treatments for smoking cessation and weight loss (Green, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2010).

Green has earned the three top awards from the American Psychological Association, Division 30: Society of Psychological Hypnosis (i.e., Early Career Contributions, Distinguished Contributions to Scientific Hypnosis, and Distinguished Contributions to Professional Hypnosis awards). His edited volume on the applied uses of hypnosis for women's health issues earned the Arthur Shapiro Award for Best Book in Hypnosis. He is a two-time past president of Division 30 of APA. Dr. Green is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, and serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis and the Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice. He has twice been named both the Outstanding Scholar and the Oustanding Teacher at The Ohio State University, Lima. He also received The Ohio State University's highest honor for distinguished teaching.

Dr. Green mentors a number of undergraduate students and supervises several student research projects. He serves as the psychology program coordinator at OSU Lima. He teaches several courses including Introductory Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Psychology of Adolescence, Counseling Psychology, and the Psychology of Gender.