Lesley Lutes PhD

Current Positions and Affiliations:

  • Associate Professor, Psychology, Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences, UBC Okanagan 
  • Editorial Board: Annals of Behavioral Medicine
  • Editorial Board: American Journal of Health Promotion
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • The Obesity Society
  • Canadian Psychological Association (CPA)

Areas of Research Interest:

  • Health psychology
  • Health behaviour change
  • Weight management
  • Obesity treatment
  • Randomized clinical trials
  • Innovative treatment approaches/interventionists/modalities for behaviour change

Current Research Related to the Institute's Priorities: 

Pirates for HEALTH: Healthy Eating, Active Living Through Health Coaching
Co-Is: B. Das, Lesley Lutes, S. Jillcott-Pitts
Date: 2015 - 2016
Submitted to the Center for Translational Diabetes Research, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, $40,000

The Collaborative Care Management for Distress and Depression in Rural Diabetes (COMRADE) Trial
Co-PI: D. Cummings, Lesley Lutes, K. Littlewood
Date: 2014 - 2017
Funded by: Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, $450,000

The Intervention Composed of Aerobic Training and Non-Exercise Physical Activity (I-CAN) study
Co-I: D. Swift, Lesley Lutes
Date: 2014 - 2018
Funded by: American Heart Association, $280,000

Using Technology to aid in medication adherence with patients with diabetes and depression - augmenting the COMRADE Trial
PI: Lesley Lutes, D. Cummings
Date: 2014
Funded by: ECU East-West Collaboration Grant, $15,000

Publications and Reports:

Heintzelman, S., Kushlev, S.,  Tay, L., Wirtz, D., Lutes, L.D., Oishi, S., & Deiner, E., (In Press).  Findings all psychologists should know from the science on subjective well-being. Canadian Psychologist. ​​​​

Vimalananda, V.  , Damschroder, L., Goodrich, D., Janney, C., Hyungjin, K., Holleman, R., Gillon, L, & Lutes, L.D. (In Press).  Gender differences in the weight loss in the ASPIRE-VA behavioral weight loss intervention trial. Obesity.

Crane, M., Lutes, L.D., Ward, D., Bowling, M. & Tate, D. (2015). A randomized trial testing the efficacy of a novel approach for weight loss among overweight and obese men. Obesity

Swift, D., Dover, S., Nevels, T., Solar, C., Brophy, P., Hall, T., Houmard, J. & Lutes, L.D. (2015) The Intervention Composed of Aerobic Training and Non-Exercise Physical Activity (I-CAN) Study: Rationale, Design and Methods. Contemporary Clinical Trials.

Crane, M., Ward, D., Lutes, L.D., Bowling, M. & Tate, D. (2015). Theoretical and behavioral mediators of weight loss intervention for men. Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Damschroder, L.J., Goodrich, D.E., Kim, H.M., Holleman, R., Gillon, L., Kirsh, S., Richardson, C.R. & Lutes, L.D. (2015). Development and Validation of the ASPIRE-VA Coaching Fidelity Checklist (ACFC): A practical tool to help ensure deliver of high quality weight management interventions. Translational Behavioral Medicine. DOI: 10.1007/s13142-015-0336-x.

Masheb, R., Lutes, L.D., Kim, H.M., Holleman, R.G., Goodrich, D.E., Janney, C.A., Kirsh, S., Richardson, C.R., & Damschroder, L.J. (2015). Pain severity, but not type, predict weight loss in Veterans seeking weight loss: 12-month outcomes from the ASPIRE-VA trial. Obesity, 23, 117-1784. Doi: 10.1002/oby.21160.

Littlewood, K., Cummings, D.M., Lutes, L.D., & Solar, C. (2015). Psychometric properties of the family support scale adapted for African American women with type 2 diabetes mellitus (FSS-A T2DM). Ethnicity and Disease, 25(2), 193-199.

Pratt, K., McRitchie, S., Collier, D.N., Lutes, L.D., & Sumner, Susan. (2015). Parent & Family Influences on Adopting Health Weight-Related Behaviors: Views and Perceptions of Obese African American Female Adolescents. Journal of the National Medical Association, 107(2), 73-78.

Valrie, C., Exum, A., Lutes, L.D., Carraway, M. & Collier, D.N. (2015). Relationship of sleep quality, baseline weight status and weight loss responsiveness in treatment seeking obese adolescents. Sleep Medicine, 16, 432-434. DOI:10.1016/j.sleep.2014.11.007

Masheb, R., Lutes, L.D., Kim, H.M., Holleman, R.G., Goodrich, D.E., Janney, C.A., Kirsh, S., Richardson, C.R., & Damschroder, L.J. (2015). High frequency binge eating is associated with weight gain among veterans receiving behavioral weight loss treatments. Obesity, 23(1), 1-8. Doi:1-0.1002/oby.20931.

Ames, G.E., Patel, R.H., McMullan, J.S., Crook, J.E., Lynch, S.A. & Lutes, L.D. (2014). Should providers encourage realistic weight expectations and satisfaction with lost weight in commercial weight loss programs? A Preliminary Study. SpringerPlus, 3:477. DOI:10.1186/2193-1801-3-477.

Damschroder, L, Lutes, L.D., Kirsh, S., Kim, H.M., Gillon, L., Holleman, R., Goodrich, D.E., Lowery, J., and Richardson, C.R. (2014). Effect of a small-changes approach for weight loss in Veterans: a randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 47(5): 541-553.

Cummings, D.M., Lutes, L.D., Littlewood, K., DiNatale, E., Hambidge, B., Shulman, K. & Morisky, D.E. (2014). Regimen Related Distress, Medication Aherence, and Glycemic Control in Rural African American Women with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. The annals of Pharmacotherapy.1-8. DOI: 10.1177/1060028014536532.

Winett, R.A., Davy, B.M., Marinik, E., Salva, J., Winett, S.G., Phillips, S.M., & Lutes, L.D. (2014). Developing a new treatment paradigm for disease prevention and healthy aging. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 4(1), 117-123. DOI:10.1007/s13142-013-225-0.

Ames, G.E., Patel, R.H., McMullan, J.S., Crook, J.E., Lynch, S.A. & Lutes, L.D. (2014). Improving maintenance of lost weight following a commercial liquid meal replacement diet: A preliminary study. Eating Behaviors, 15, 95-98. DOI: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2013.10.022.

Carraway, M., Lutes, L.D., Crawford, Y, Pratt, K., McMillan, A., Scripture, L, Henes, S., Cox, J., Vos, P. & Collier, D. (2014). Camp-Based Immersion Treatment for Obese, Low SES, Multiethnic Adolescents. Childhood Obesity, 10(2), 1-11. DOI: 10.1089/chi.2013.0111.

Cummings D.M., Lutes L.D., Littlewood K., DiNatale E., & Hambidge B. (2013). EMPOWER: A randomized trial of a community health worker delivered small-changes approach to lifestyle modification in African American women with Type 2 diabetes: Design, rationale, and baseline characteristics. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 36, 147-153.

Carraway, M., Dinatale, E., & Lutes, L.D. (2013). Behavior Modification. American College of Sports Medicine 4th edition for personal trainers.

Lutes, L.D., Dinatale, E., Goodrich, D., Richardson, C., Ronis, D Kirsh, S., & Damschroder, L. (2013). Design, Rational, and Baseline Characteristics of ASPIRE-VA: Coaching Veterans to Healthy Weights and Wellness through a Small Changes Approach. Contemporary Clinical Trials; 34,161-172.  

Radcliff, T.A., Bobroff, L.B., Lutes, L.D., Durning, P.E., Daniels, M.J., Limacher, M.C., Janicke, D.M., Martin, A.D., & Perri, M.G. (2012). Cost-effectiveness of telephone vs. face-to-face weight maintenance program in rural settings. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 112; 1363-1373.  

Pathmasiri, W., Pratt, K.J., Collier, DN, Lutes, L.D, McRitchie, S., & Sumner S.C.J. (2012). Integrating Metabolic Signatures and psychosocial parameters in responsivity to an immersion treatment model for adolescent obesity. Metabolomics, doi:10.1007/s11306-012-0404-x.

Lutes, L.D., Daiss, S., & Barger, S.D., Read, M., Steinbaugh, E. & Winett, R.W. (2012). A small changes approach promotes initial and continued weight loss with a phone-based follow-up: 9-month results from ASPIRE II. American Journal of Health Promotion, 26(4): 235-238.

Tudor-Locke, C., Craig, C.L., Aoyagi, Y., Bassett Jr., D.R., Bell, R.C., Crouteau, K.A., Ewald, B., Gardner, A., Hatano, Y., Boudeaudhuij, I.D., Lutes, L.D., Ramirez-Marrero, F.A., Rogers, L.Q., Rowe, D.A., Schmidt, M.D., Swartz, A.M., Tully, M.A., Blair, S.N. (2011). How many steps are enough? For older adults and special populations. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, 8:80. doi:10.1186/1479-5868-8-80.

Lutes, L.D. & Steinbaugh, E. (2010). Theoretical models for pedometer use in physical activity interventions. Physical Therapy Reviews, 15(3): 143-153.

Damschroder, L., Lutes, L.D., Goodrich, D., & Lowery, J. (2010). A small change approach delivered via telephone promotes weight loss in veterans: Results from the ASPIRE-VA pilot study. Patient Education and Counseling, 79(20): 262-266.

Tudor-Locke, C. & Lutes, L.D. (2009). Why do pedometers work? A reflection upon factors related to successfully increasing physical activity. Sports Medicine, 39(12): 981-993.

Janicke, D.M., Sallinen, B.J., Perri, M.G., Lutes, L.D., Silverstein, J.H. & Brumback, B. (2009). Comparison of program costs for parent-only and family-based interventions for pediatric obesity in medically underserved rural settings. The Journal of Rural Health, 25(3): 326-330.

Lutes, L.D., Winett, R.A., Barger, S.D., Wojcik, J.R., Nichols-Richardson, S., Herbert, W.G., & Anderson, E. (2008).  Small Changes in Nutrition and Physical Activity Promotes Weight Loss and Maintenance: Three-Month Evidence from the ASPIRE Randomized Trial. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 35:351-357.

Perri, M.G., Limacher M.C., Durning, P.E., Janicke, D.M., Lutes, L.D., Bobroff, L.B., Dale, M.S. Martin A.D., Daniels M.J., & Radcliff T.A. (2008). Treatment of Obesity in Underserved Rural Settings (TOURS): A Randomized Trial of Extended Care Programs for Weight Management. Archives of Internal Medicine, 168(21): 2347-2354.

Janicke, D.M., Sallinen, B.J., Perri, M.G., Lutes, L.D., Silverstein, J. Huerta, M., & Brumback, B (2008).  Comparison of Parent-Only Versus Family-Based Interventions for Overweight Children in Underserved Rural Settings: Outcomes from Project STORY. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 162(12):1119-1125.

Janicke, D.M., Sallinen, B.J., Perri, M.G., Lutes, L.D., Silverstein, J.H., Huerta, M.G., & Guion, L.A. (2008). Sensible Treatment of Obesity in Rural Youth (STORY):  Design and Methods.  Contemporary Clinical Trials, 29(2), 270-280.

Perri, M.G., & Fox, L.D. (2005).  Cognitive-behavioral treatment of obesity. In A. Freeman (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.  New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

Ames, G.E, Perri, M.G. Fox, L.D., Fallon, E.A., DeBraganza, N., Murawski, M., Pafumi, L., &  Hausenblas, H. (2005).  Changing Weight-Loss Expectations:  A Randomized Pilot Study.  Eating Behaviors, 6, 259-269.

Rejeski, W.J., Brawley, L., Ambrosius, W.T., Brubaker, P.H., Focht, B.C., Foy, C.G., & Fox, L.D. (2003).  Older adults with chronic disease: The benefits of group-mediated counseling in the promotion of physically active lifestyles. Health Psychology, 22, 414-423.

Winett, R.A., Wojcik, J.R., Fox, L.D., Herbert, W.G., Blevins, J.S., & Carpinelli, R.N. (2003).  Effects of low volume and infrequent resistance and cardiovascular training on strength and aerobic capacity in unfit men and women: A demonstration of the threshold theory. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 26,183-195.

Martin, K. & Fox, L.D. (2001).  Group and leadership effects on social anxiety experienced during an exercise class. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 31, 1000-1016.

Fox, L.D.  Rejeski, W.J., & Gauvin, L. (2000) Effects of leadership style and group dynamics on enjoyment on physical activity.  Journal of Health Promotion, 14, 277-283.

Brawley, L., Rejeski, W.J., and Lutes, L.D. (2000).  A group-mediated cognitive-behavioral intervention for increasing adherence to physical activity in older adults.  Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research, 5, 47-65.

Gauvin, L., Rejeski, W.J., Norris, J., & Lutes, L.D. (1997). The curse of inactivity: failure of acute exercise to enhance feeling states in a community sample of sedentary adults. Journal of Health Psychology, 2, 509-523.

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Lesley Lutes
Associate Professor
Director of Clinical Training
Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences
Unit 4: Psychology
UBC Okanagan
3187 University Way ASC 203
Kelowna  BC  V1V 1V7

Tel: 250-807-8128
email: lesley.lutes@ubc.ca

Lesley Lutes