A. Scott LaJoie, PhD

A. Scott LajoieHealth Promotion and Behavioral Sciences

Associate Professor
Room 211, 485 E. Gray St.
Office:  502-852-1879
Cell:  502-417-7994
Fax:  502-852-3291

Twitter:  @aslajoie



I have a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, a M.A. in Cognitive Psychology, a M.S.P.H. in Decision Sciences and Biostatistics, and a B.A. in Photojournalism.

As a faculty member of the department of Health promotion and Behavioral Sciences, I teach public health undergraduate and graduate students how to develop and evaluate health interventions based on systematic decision making methods and scientific results.

I am presently conducting multidisciplinary research in shared decision making and patient decision aids. I am interested in how individuals and their support systems make health-related choices; for example: Mother-daughter decision making about the HPV vaccine; a web-based decision aid for families whose baby fails the newborn hearing screening; and, a decision support tool for disaster mental health responders during a pandemic. Additionally, I have examined the impact of various health and traumatic experiences on quality of life and decision making, including extensive research in the impact of community mitigation efforts during the H1N1 pandemic and the psychosocial effects of Hurricane Katrina on evacuees.

Academically, I teach graduate courses in Decision and Risk Analysis, Health Communication, Risk Communication and the Psychology of Decision Making, along with courses in Research Methods and Design, and International Service Learning.

Personally, I am a father of two active boys, an amateur farmer, an animal rescuer, world traveler and an avid photographer.

Office hours: By appointment

Support staff: Barbara Parker


Faculty Senator
Delphi Academic Technology Committee
21st Century Initiative Technology Committee
Society for Medical Decision Making committee chair

Outside Interests

Society for Medical Decision Making
American Public Health Association
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies

Selected Publications
See CV for complete bibliography

Logsdon, M.C., Pinto, M.D., LaJoie, A.S., Hertweck, S.P., Lynch, T., & Flamini, L. (2013). Intention to seek mental health treatment for adolescent girls: Comparison of predictors in mothers and daughters. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 26(4), 239-245.

Chlebowy, D.O., Hood, S. & LaJoie, A.S. (2013). Gender differences in diabetes self-management among African American adults. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 35(6), 703-721.

Hertweck, S.P., LaJoie, A.S., Pinto, M.D., Flamini, L., Lynch, T. & Logsdon, M.C. (2013). Health care decision making by mothers for their adolescent daughters regarding the quadrivalent HPV vaccine. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.26(2), 96-101.

Brown, K. Topp, R., Brosky, J.A., & LaJoie, A.S. (2012). Prehabilitation and quality of life three months after total knee arthroplasty: A pilot study. Perceptual and Motor Skills: Physical Development and Measurement, 115(3), 765-774.

Jayawardene, W.P, YoussefAgha A.H., Torabi, M.R., & LaJoie, A.S. (2011). Psychological distress among nurses caring for war-victims in Sri Lanka. Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness. (online first) e1-e8.

LaJoie, A.S., McKinney, W.P., & Sprang, G. (2010). Long-term consequences of Hurricane Katrina on the psychological wellbeing of evacuees. Disasters.

Walker, K.L, Hart, J.L., Gregg, J. & LaJoie, A.S. (2010). Undressing ‘health fashion’: An examination of health cause clothing and accessories. Health Promotion Practice, 11(5), 665-674.

LaJoie, A.S. & Ridner, S.L. (2009). Health information and health risk behaviors in a sample of college students. Journal of the Kentucky Medical Association, 107(2), 58-63.

Arnold, F.W., Summersgill, J.T., LaJoie, A.S., Peyrani, P., Marrie, T.J., Rossi, R., Blasi, F., Fernandez, P., File, Jr., T.M. Rello, J., Menendez, R., Marzoratti, L., Luna, C.M., Ramirez, J.A. (2007). A Worldwide Perspective of Atypical Pathogens in Community-Acquired Pneumonia. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 175(10), 1086-93.

Arnold, F.W., LaJoie, A.S., Brock, G.N., Peyrani, P. et al. (2009). Improving outcomes in elderly patients with community-acquired pneumonia by adhering to national guidelines: Community-Acquired Pneumonia Organization International cohort study results. Archives of Internal Medicine, 169(16), 1515-1524

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