Lutes, Lesley

Lesley Lutes

Lesley Lutes  PhD, R. Psych


Department of Psychology
Irving K Barber Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UBC Okanagan

Contact Info

UBC Okanagan
3187 University Way ASC 203
Kelowna  BC  V1V 1V7

Tel:  250-807-8128

IKBFASS website:  Lesley Lutes

The Core Lab: visit website

Twitter: @the_CORE_ubco

Instagram: the_core_ubco

  • Professor, Dept. of Psychology, IKB Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UBC Okanagan
  • Director of Clinical Training
  • Director, The Centre for Obesity and well-being Research Excellence (The CORE);
    Department of Psychology, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences, UBC Okanagan
  • Co-Director of Public Advocacy, BC Psychological Association
  • Editorial Board, Contemporary Clinical Trials
  • Past President, Canadian Council for Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP)
  • Member, Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Member, The Obesity Society
  • Randomized clinical trials
  • Community based interventions
  • Advocacy work for increasing access to evidence-based mental and behavioural health services
  • Clinical health psychology

Suicide Initiative in Emergency Departments: A Collaboration between Interior Health, University of British Columbia Okanagan, and Canadian Mental Health Association – British Columbia
PI: Lutes, Lesley. D
Date: 2023
Funded by: Interior Health & The Canadian Mental Health Association $75,000

A BEhavioural WEight Loss Intervention delivered in Cardiac Rehabilitation for patients with Atrial Fibrillation and obesity: The BeWEL IN CR-AF Study.
PI: Campbell, Tavis S.
Co-I: Aggarwal, S., Lutes, L.D., Rouleau, C., Wilton, S.
Date: 2022 – 2026
Funded by: CIHR $359,552

Development, implementation, and evaluation of a vaccine confidence digital app for young adults
Co-I: Lear, S., Roe, I., Bettinger, J., Lutes, L.D., Witteman, H.
Date: 2021 – 2022
Funded by: CIHR $183,728

A community-based adaptation of the Small Changes behavioural weight loss treatment approach for psoriatic arthritis patients with comorbid obesity
Co-I: Teo, M., Campbell, T., Lutes, L.
Date: 2021 – 2022
Funded by: Canadian Initiative for Outcomes in Rheumatoid Arthritis (Canada) CIORA Grant Award $57,795

The iPROTECT Study: Developing and testing an online intervention to improve the uptake and maintenance of personal protective behaviours against COVID-19.
Co-I: Campbell, T., Bacon, S., Campbell, D., Corace, K., Coroiu, A., Lavoie, K., Lutes, L., Presseau, J., Rash, J., Williams, C.
Date:2021 – 2023
Funded by: CIHR $271,575

Randomized controlled trial of an international commercial program on weight loss and health outcomes
Site PI for Canada: Tate, D., Bryant, M., Lutes, L.D., Steven, J., Truesdale, K.
Date: 2018 – 2020
Funded by: Weight Watchers International, $1,730,237 USD

Improving self-management and reducing distress in diabetes: Integrating community health worker models in the primary care setting
Co-PI: Lutes, L.D., & Tang, T.
Date: 2018
Funded by: UBC Collaboration Grant Competition, $8,600

Community Health: Building a framework for community-engaged community health research and knowledge translation
Co-Leads:  Kathleen Martin Ginis, Mary Jung
Co-Is:  Susan HoltzmanJonathan LittleNelly OelkeCharlotte JonesLesley LutesDonna KurtzStephen BergKathy Rush, Ross Hickey
Dates: 2017-2020
Funding:  2017 UBC Okanagan Eminence Fund $249,999

The Centre for Obesity and Well-being Research Excellence (CORE)
PI: Lutes, L.D.
Date: 2017 – 2022
Funded by: British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF), $130,083

The Centre for Obesity and Well-being Research Excellence (CORE)
PI: Lutes, L.D.
Date: 2017 – 2022
Funded by: Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI)

ENHANCE 2: Enduring happiness and continued self-enhancement – A pragmatic randomized clinical trail
Co-PIs: Lutes, L.D. & Wirtz, D.
Date: 2017 – 2019
Funded by:  Diener Foundation, $120,000

A well-being assessment of Kelowna’s youth: Mental and physical health of children and adolescents in the Okanagan
Co-PIs: McManus, A & Lutes, L.D.
Date: 2017 – 2019
Funded by: Tree of Hope and TD Foundation, $100,000

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Research Gate:

Cummings, D.M., Lutes, L.D., Wilson, J.L. et al. Persistence of Depressive Symptoms and Risk of Incident Cardiovascular Disease With and Without Diabetes: Results from the REGARDS Study. J GEN INTERN MED (2022).

Lutes, L.., Picard, A., Penner, E., Mensink, D., & Elterman, S. (2021). Changing Mental Health Policy: Learning How to Hopefully Get it Right in the End Based on Everything We Have Done Wrong (So Far). Psynopsis, 43(4), 8-10.

Tallon, C.M., Smith, J.K., Nowak-Fluck, D., Koziol, A.V., Rieger M.G., Lutes, L.D., Green, D.J., Tremblay, M.S., Ainslie, P.N., & McManus, A.M. (2021). The influence of sex and maturation on carotid and vertebral artery hemodynamics and assocations with free-living (in-activity) in 6-17-year-olds. Journal of applied physiology (131): 1575-1583.

Cheng, T; Horbay, B; Nocos, R; Lutes, L; Lear, S. (2021). The Role of Tailored Public Health Messaging to Young Adults during COVID-19:“There’s a lot of ambiguity around what it means to be safe.” PloS One, 16(10), e0258121

Swift, D; Nevels, T; Solar, C; Brophy, P; McGee, J; Barefoot, S; Clark, A; Houmard, J; Lutes, L. (2021). The Effect of Aerobic Training and Increasing Nonexercise Physical Activity Cardiometabolic Risk Factors. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 53(10):2152-2163.

Lutes, L; Iyar, M; Fountaine, A. (2021). Getting real: How we can help heal and protect millions from unnecessary suffering, illness, and death in Canada. Psynopsis: Healthcare Innovation Issue, 43(1): 18-19.

Lutes, L; Iyar, M; Rootman, J; Silverberg, N. & Grand, J.H. (2021). Mental health consequences and interventions for COVID-19: What know and where we need to go. Psynopsis, 42(3): 10-11; 13.

Kushlev, K; Heintzelman, S; Lutes, L; Wirtz. D; Kanippayoor, J; Leitner, D; Diener, E. (2020). Does Happiness Improve Health? Evidence From a Randomized Controlled Trial. Psychological Science, 31(7): 807-821.

Tate, D; Quesnel, D; Lutes, L; Hatley, K; Nezami, B; Wojtanowski, A; Pinto, A; Power, J; Diamond, M; Polzien, K; Foster, G. (2020). Examination of a partial dietary self-monitoring approach for behavioral weight management. Obesity Science & Practice, 6(4): 353-364.

Kushlev, K; Heintzelman, S; Lutes, L; Wirtz, D; Kannipyour, M; Leitner, D; Oishi, S; Diener, E. (2020). ENHANCE: Evidence for the efficacy of a comprehensive intervention program to promote subjective well- being. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 26(2): 360-383.

Lutes, L.D. Cummings, D.M., Littlewood, K., Le, M.T., Kirian, K., Shiveajirao, P., Solar, C. Carraway, M. & Hambidge, B. (2020). A Tailored Cognitive-Behavioural Intervention Produces Comparable Reductions in Regimen-Related Distress in Adults With Type 2 Diabetes Regardless of Insulin Use: 12-Month. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 44(6): 530-536.

Thomas, J; Lutes, L; Smirnova, E; Das, B; Huzurbazar, S; Aldrich, L; Kepler, M. (2019). Self-Concept in the Context of Diabetes Prevention: Development of the Lifestyle Health-Related Self-Concept Questionnaire. American Journal of Health Promotion, 3(3): 452-456.

Ford, J; Littleton, H; Lutes, L; Wuensch, K; Benton, C; Cahill, J; Hudson, C; Nekkanti, R; Gehi, A; Sears, S. (2019). Evaluation of an internet-based Intervention for ICD patients with elevated symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder. Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, 42: 521-529.

Cumming, D; Lutes, L; Littlewood, K; Solar, C; Carraway, M; Kirian, K; Patil, S; Adams, A; Ciszewski, S; Edwards, S; Gatlin, P; Hambridge, B. (2019). Randomized Trial of a Tailored Cognitive Behavioral Intervention in Type 2 Diabetes with Comorbid Depressive and/or Regimen-related Distress Symptoms -– 12-month outcomes from COMRADE. Diabetes Care.,42(5): 841-848.

Lutes, L; Cummings, D; Littlewood, K; Solar, C; Carraway, M; Kirian, K; Patil, S; Adams, A; Ciszewski, S; Hambidge, B. (2018). A randomized trial of an individually tailored integrated care intervention for uncontrolled type 2 diabetes with depression and/or distress in the rural southeastern US. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 70: 8-14.

Crane, M., Lutes, L.D., Sherwood, N.E., Ward, D., & Tate, D. (2018). Weight loss strategies utilized in a men’s weight loss intervention.  Health Education and Behavior, 45(3), 401-409.

Lutes, L; Cummings, D; Littlewood, K; DiNatale, E; Hambidge, B. (2017). Using community health workers to deliver a small changes treatment to African American women with uncontrolled diabetes: 12-month outcomes from EMPOWER. Obesity. 25(8): 1329-1335.