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Lesley Lutes, Ph.D.

Lesley Lutes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Office: Rawl 211
Phone: 252-328-1374
Fax: 252-328-6283

Mailing Address:

104 Rawl Building
Department of Psychology
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

Willing to consider taking a doctoral student this year: No


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Virginia Tech (2003)
M.S., Health and Exercise Science, Wake Forest University (1998)
B.A., Psychology, Concordia University (1996)

Research Interests:

Dr. Lutes is a clinical psychologist whose primary interest is obesity prevention and intervention. The focus of Dr. LutesÕ programmatic line of research is in developing alternatives to standard clinical treatments for obesity and associated health conditions including diabetes. Her funded research examines theoretically based alternative treatment approaches in different populations (including adults, children, Veterans, and African Americans), utilizing different treatment modalities and technologies (including phone, internet, and pedometers), and examining alternative interventionist models for treatment delivery (including peer mentors and community health workers).

Selected publications in peer refereed journals:

Radcliff, T.A., Perri, M.G., Durning, P.E., Limacher, M.C., Janicke, D.M., Lutes, L.D., Bobroff, L.B., Dale, M.S., Daniels, M.G., & Marin, A.D. (In Press). Comparing costs of extended care programs for the management of obesity in rural settings. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Errickson, M., Dinatale, E., & Lutes, L.D., (In Press). Models of behavior change: Why knowing the theories and how to use them will make you the most effective trainer in town. American College of Sports Medicine 4th edition for personal trainers.

Pathmasiri, W., Pratt, K.J., Collier, D.N., 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.

Damshroder, 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.

Current Grants

Cummings, S, Lutes, L.D., & Littlewood, K. ($299,999; July 2011-2013). Empowering Rural African American Women and Communities to Improve Diabetes Outcomes Using a Peer-led Small Changes Treatment Program. Funding Source: Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation.

Lowery, J.C., Damschroder, L., Lutes, L.D., Goodrich, D., Richardson, C., Krein, S., & Ronis, D. (2009-2012). ASPIRE-VA: Coaching veterans to healthy weights and wellness using a Small Changes approach. Funding Source: Health Services Research and Development in the Veterans Administration.

Ames, G., Lutes, L.D., Patel, R.H., Lunch, S.A., & Crook, J.E. (2010-2012). Improving maintenance following very low calorie diet: The sustain lost weight (SLW) intervention.