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A. Scott LaJoie, PhD


aslajo01 Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences

Role:    Faculty
Title:    Associate Professor
Office No:    211
Address:    485 E. Gray St
Phone:    502 852-1879
Fax:    502 852-3294



Cognitive Psychology; Decision Sciences/Biostatistics

Research Interests

I study health-related decision making and communication; my research includes studies involving community-wide disasters and health events, such as Hurricane Katrina and the 2009 H1N1 pandemic; decision making about vaccination; treatment decisions for chronic conditions such as knee osteoarthritis, diabetes, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Since 2009, I have been part of a team of researchers addressing H1N1; my involvement has surrounded the impact of the pandemic mitigitation efforts (e.g., quarantine and isolation) on the wellbeing of children and families. More recently, my research team is looking into the optimal allocation of mental health providers during a pandemic. 

Teaching Activities

Risk Communication

Psycho-Social Foundations of Decision Making

Health Communication Campaigns

Decision and Risk Analysis

Current Projects

Pandemic Influenza: disaster mental health

HPV vaccines: shared decision making between mother and daughter


Associate, James Graham Brown Cancer Center

Associate, Dept. of Psychological and Brain Sciences

Kentucky Psychological Association

Society for Medical Decision Making

Medical Reserve Corps, Member, Instructor

Delphi Advisory Board, University of Louisville

Office Hours

By Appointment

My Support Staff

Kathie Sacksteder

Outside Interests

Society for Medical Decision Making

American Public Health Association

International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies


Journal Articles

Chlebowy, D.O., Hood, S.M. & LaJoie, A.S. (In Press). Facilitators and barriers to Self-Management of Type 2 diabetes among urban African American adults: Focus group findings. The Diabetes Educator

Head, B.A., LaJoie, S., Augustine-Smith, L., Cantrell, M., Hoffman, D., Keeney, C., & Pfeifer, M.P. (2010). Palliative care case management: Increasing access to community-based palliative care for Medicaid recipients. Professional Case Management. 15(4), 206-217.

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

Saint-Cyr, M., Mujadzic, M., Wong, C., Hatef, D., LaJoie, A.S., & Rohrich, R. (2010). The Radial Artery Pedicle Perforator Flap: Vascular analysis and clinical implications. Plastic and reconstructive surgery. 125(5), 1469-78.

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.

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. Selected as Editor’s Choice

Sprang, G. & LaJoie, A.S. (2009). Exposure, avoidance, and PTSD among Hurricane Katrina evacuees. Traumatology, 15(2), 10-19.

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.

Eisinger, J.R., Sullivan, D.K., Carrico, R.M. & LaJoie, A.S. (2009). The link between infection training and disease control. Journal of Emergency Medical Services, 34(1), 58-61.

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.

Carrico, R.L., Coty, M.B., Goss, L.K., & LaJoie, A.S. (2007). Changing healthcare worker behavior in relation to respiratory transmission with a novel training approach that uses biosimulation. American Journal of Infection Control, 35(1), 14-19.  Ranked as one of the top 10 AJIC articles of the year.

Peyrani, P., Christensen, D., LaJoie, A.S., Nakamatsu, R., Arnold, F., Schulz, P., et al. (2006). Antibiotic therapy of hospitalized patients with Community-Acquired Pneumonia: An international perspective from the CAPO study. Journal of the Kentucky Medical Association, 104, 513-517.

Studts, J.L., Ghate, S.R., Gill, J.L., Studts, C.R., Barnes, C.N., LaJoie, A.S., Andrykowski, M.A., & LaRocca, R.V. (2006). Validity of self-reported smoking status among participants in a lung cancer screening trial. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, 15(10), 1825-1828.

Ridner, S.L., Frost, K., & LaJoie, A.S. (2006). Health information and risk behaviors among gay, lesbian, and bisexual college students. Journal of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 18(8), 374-378.

Arnold, F., LaJoie, A.S., Rodriquez, E., Arteta, F., Roig, J., Rello, J.,  & Ramirez, J.A. (2006). The pneumonia severity index predicts time to clinical stability in hospitalized patients with community-acquired pneumonia: CAPO international cohort study results. International Journal of Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 10(7), 739-743.

Özyürekoğlu, T., McCabe, S.J., Goldsmith. L.J., & LaJoie, A.S. (2006). The Minimal Clinically Important Difference of the carpal tunnel syndrome symptom severity scale. Journal of Hand Surgery, 31(5), 733-738.

LaJoie, A.S., McCabe, S.J., & Edgell, S.E. (2005). Determining the Sensitivity and Specificity of Common Diagnostic Tests for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Using Latent Class Analysis. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 116, 502-507.

Sanmartin, M., Fernandez, F., LaJoie, A.S., & Gupta, A. (2004). Analysis of prognostic factors in ring avulsion injuries. Journal of Hand Surgery, 29(6), 1028-1037.

Edgell, S.E., Harbison, J.I., Neace, W.P., Nahinsky, I.D., & LaJoie, A.S. (2004). What Is Learned from Experience in a Probabilistic Environment? Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, 17, 213-229.

Edgell, SE, McCabe, SJ, Breidenbach, WC, LaJoie, A.S., and Abell, T (2003). Predicting the outcome of carpal tunnel syndrome, Journal of Hand Surgery, 28A(2), 255-261.

Edgell, SE, McCabe, SJ, Breidenbach, WC, Neace, WP, LaJoie, A.S., and Abell, T. (2001). Different reference frames can lead to different hand transplantation decisions by patients and physicians, Journal of Hand Surgery, 26A(2), 196-200.

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