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The Department of Psychology

The College of Education & Human Service Professions

Lara LaCaille

Associate Professor


May advise Plan B Projects



Ph.D., Clinical/Counseling/School Psychology, Utah State University, 2002

Research Interests

Eating Behavior
Obesity Prevention and Treatment
Health Psychology
Physical Activity


1. Understanding the Medical and Cultural Contexts of Diabetes Self-Management in a Latino Population in Rural Minnesota,

2. Preventing Obesity in the Worksite: A Multi-Message, Multi-Step Approach

3. Behavioral Determinants of Healthful Eating Among College Students

4. Institutional and Consumer Decision-Making in the Hospital Setting: An Evaluation of a Healthy Food Practices Model


de Souza, R., Dauner, K., Goei, R., LaCaille, L., Kotowski, M., Schultz, J., LaCaille, R. & Versnik-Nowak, A. (in press). An evaluation of the peer helper component of Go!: A multi-message, multi-“step” obesity prevention intervention. American Journal of Health Education.

Somers, T. J., Blumenthal, J. A., Guilak, F., Kraus, B. V., Schmitt, D. O. Babyak, M. A., Craighead, L. W., Caldwell, D. S., Rice, J.R., McKee, D. C., Shelby, R. A., Campbell, L.D., Pells, J. J., Sims, E. L., Queen, R., Carson, J. W., Connelly, M., Dixon, K. E., LaCaille, L. J., Huebner, J. L., Rejeski, W. J., Keefe, F. J. (2012). Pain coping skills training and lifestyle behavioral weight loss in patients with knee osteoarthritis: A randomized controlled study. Pain, 153(6), 1199-1209.

Dauner, K., LaCaille, L. J., Schultz, J. F., Harvie, J., Klingner, J., LaCaille, R., & Branovan, M. (2011). Implementing healthy and sustainable food practices in a hospital cafeteria: A qualitative look at processes, barriers, and facilitators of implementation. Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition, 6(3), 264-278.

LaCaille, L., Dauner, K.N., Krambeer, R. J., & Pedersen, J. (2011). Psychosocial and environmental determinants of eating behaviors, physical activity, and weight among college students: A qualitative analysis. Journal of American College Health, 59(6), 531-538.

Somers, T. J., Keefe, F. J., Pells, J. J., Dixon, K. E., Waters, S. J., Riordan, P. A., Blumenthal, J. A., McKee, D. C., & LaCaille, L., Tucker, J. M., Schmitt, D., Caldwell, D. S., Kraus, V. B., Sims, E. L., Shelby, R. A., Rice, J. R. (2009). Pain catastrophizing and pain-related fear in osteoarthritis patients: Relationships to pain and disability. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 37, 863-872.

Somers, T. J., Keefe, F. J., Carson, J., Pells, J. J., & LaCaille, L. (2008). Pain catastrophizing in morbidly obese individuals with osteoarthritic knee pain. Pain Research and Management, 13(5), 401-406.

Pells, J. J., Shelby, R. A., Keefe, F. J., Dixon, K. E., Blumenthal, J. A., LaCaille, L., Tucker, J. M., Schmitt, D., Caldwell, D. S., & Kraus, V. (2008). Arthritis self-efficacy and self-efficacy for resisting eating: Relationships to pain, disability, and eating behavior in overweight and obese individuals with osteoarthritic knee pain. Pain, 136, 340-347.

LaCaille, R. A., DeBerard, M. S., LaCaille, L. J., Masters, K.S., & Colledge, A. L. (2007). Obesity and litigation predict workers’ compensation costs associated with interbody cage lumbar fusion. The Spine Journal, 7, 266-272.