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, an M.A. in Cognitive Psychology, an M.S.P.H. in Decision Sciences and Biostatistics, and a B.A. in Photojournalism.

I teach a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level; Most commonly, these courses are: Introduction to Social and Behavioral Sciences (undergrad), Health Decision and Risk Analysis (MPH), and Health Risk Communication (PhD). My teaching is guided by best-practice principles such as team-based learning, active learning strategies, and a focus on learner-centered outcomes. Additionally, I lead experiential learning activities that include study abroad and/or international service learning. My graduate students conduct research in improving health-related decision making, quality of life, and reducing health disparities.

My research and scholarship centers on facilitating better health-related decision making. I am motivated to understand why individuals engage or fail to engage in prevention activities (e.g., vaccination and screening) and how they use information sources to inform their behaviors and choices. I enjoy working with stakeholders to develop patient decision aids to facilitate effective communication and shared decision making.

My main line of inquiry is the prevention of HPV-associated cancers and cervical cancer screening. Disparities in cancer incidence and mortality are evident among rural and non-rural dwellers, and among people with differing racial and ethnic backgrounds. We can reduce these disparities by developing evidence-based interventions that improve health behaviors and decisions.

Office hours: By appointment

Support staff: Barbara Parker


Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning advisory board
Graduate Student Academic Grievance committee
SPHIS Undergraduate curriculum committee
Society for Medical Making Education committee

Outside Interests

Raising boys

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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