Lesley Lutes

(She, Her, Hers)


Other Titles: Director of Clinical Training; Director, Center for Obesity and Well-Being Research Excellence
Office: ASC 203
Email: llutes@mail.ubc.ca

Graduate student supervisor. Will consider Psychology graduate students for September 2024 intake.

Research Summary

Clinical Health Psychology; innovative cognitive and behavioural change programs aimed at improving physical and emotional well-being and happiness; Integrated primary care; Weight management

Courses & Teaching

Residency/Internship Preparation


Center for Obesity and Well-Being Research Excellence


PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
MSc, Wake Forest University
BA Honours, Concordia University

Selected Publications & Presentations

Google Scholar

Research Gate

Tallon, C.M., Smith, J.K., Nowak-Fluck, D., Koziol, A.V., Rieger M.G., Lutes, L.D., Green, D.J., Tremblay, M.S., Ainslie, P.N., & McManus, A.M. (2021). The influence of sex and maturation on carotid and vertebral artery hemodynamics and assocations with free-living (in-activity) in 6-17-year-olds. Journal of applied physiology (131): 1575-1583.

Cheng, T; Horbay, B; Nocos, R; Lutes, L; Lear, S. (2021). The Role of Tailored Public Health Messaging to Young Adults during COVID-19:“There’s a lot of ambiguity around what it means to be safe.” PloS One, 16(10), e0258121

Swift, D; Nevels, T; Solar, C; Brophy, P; McGee, J; Barefoot, S; Clark, A; Houmard, J; Lutes, L. (2021). The Effect of Aerobic Training and Increasing Nonexercise Physical Activity Cardiometabolic Risk Factors. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 53(10):2152-2163.

Lutes, L; Iyar, M; Fountaine, A. (2021). Getting real: How we can help heal and protect millions from unnecessary suffering, illness, and death in Canada. Psynopsis: Healthcare Innovation Issue, 43(1): 18-19.

Lutes, L; Iyar, M; Rootman, J; Silverberg, N. & Grand, J.H. (2021). Mental health consequences and interventions for COVID-19: What know and where we need to go. Psynopsis, 42(3): 10-11; 13.

Kushlev, K; Heintzelman, S; Lutes, L; Wirtz. D; Kanippayoor, J; Leitner, D; Diener, E. (2020). Does Happiness Improve Health? Evidence From a Randomized Controlled Trial. Psychological Science, 31(7): 807-821.

Tate, D; Quesnel, D; Lutes, L; Hatley, K; Nezami, B; Wojtanowski, A; Pinto, A; Power, J; Diamond, M; Polzien, K; Foster, G. (2020). Examination of a partial dietary self-monitoring approach for behavioral weight management. Obesity Science & Practice, 6(4): 353-364.

Kushlev, K; Heintzelman, S; Lutes, L; Wirtz, D; Kannipyour, M; Leitner, D; Oishi, S; Diener, E. (2020). ENHANCE: Evidence for the efficacy of a comprehensive intervention program to promote subjective well- being. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied, 26(2): 360-383.

Lutes, L.D. Cummings, D.M., Littlewood, K., Le, M.T., Kirian, K., Shiveajirao, P., Solar, C. Carraway, M. & Hambidge, B. (2020). A Tailored Cognitive-Behavioural Intervention Produces Comparable Reductions in Regimen-Related Distress in Adults With Type 2 Diabetes Regardless of Insulin Use: 12-Month. Canadian Journal of Diabetes, 44(6): 530-536.

Thomas, J; Lutes, L; Smirnova, E; Das, B; Huzurbazar, S; Aldrich, L; Kepler, M. (2019). Self-Concept in the Context of Diabetes Prevention: Development of the Lifestyle Health-Related Self-Concept Questionnaire. American Journal of Health Promotion, 3(3): 452-456.

Ford, J; Littleton, H; Lutes, L; Wuensch, K; Benton, C; Cahill, J; Hudson, C; Nekkanti, R; Gehi, A; Sears, S. (2019). Evaluation of an internet-based Intervention for ICD patients with elevated symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder. Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology, 42: 521-529.

Cumming, D; Lutes, L; Littlewood, K; Solar, C; Carraway, M; Kirian, K; Patil, S; Adams, A; Ciszewski, S; Edwards, S; Gatlin, P; Hambridge, B. (2019). Randomized Trial of a Tailored Cognitive Behavioral Intervention in Type 2 Diabetes with Comorbid Depressive and/or Regimen-related Distress Symptoms -– 12-month outcomes from COMRADE. Diabetes Care.,42(5): 841-848.

Lutes, L; Cummings, D; Littlewood, K; Solar, C; Carraway, M; Kirian, K; Patil, S; Adams, A; Ciszewski, S; Hambidge, B. (2018). A randomized trial of an individually tailored integrated care intervention for uncontrolled type 2 diabetes with depression and/or distress in the rural southeastern US. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 70: 8-14.

Crane, M., Lutes, L.D., Sherwood, N.E., Ward, D., & Tate, D. (2018). Weight loss strategies utilized in a men’s weight loss intervention.  Health Education and Behavior, 45(3), 401-409.

Lutes, L; Cummings, D; Littlewood, K; DiNatale, E; Hambidge, B. (2017). Using community health workers to deliver a small changes treatment to African American women with uncontrolled diabetes: 12-month outcomes from EMPOWER. Obesity. 25(8): 1329-1335.

Selected Grants & Awards

Lear, S., Roe, I., Bettinger, J., Lutes, L.D., Witteman, H., ($183,728: 2021-2022). Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Vaccine Confidence Digital App for Young Adults. Funding Source: Canadian Institutes for Heath Research

Teo, M; Campbell, T; Lutes, L. ($57,795; 2021-2022). A Community-based Adaptation of the Small Changes Behavioural Weight Loss Treatment Approach for Psoriatic Arthritis Patients with Comorbid Obesity. Funding Source: Canadian Initiative for Outcomes in Rheumatoid Arthritis (Canada) CIORA Grant Award

Campbell, T; Bacon, S; Campbell, D; Corace, K; Coroiu, A; Lavoie, K; Lutes, L; Presseau, J; Rash, J; Williams, C. ($271,575; 2021-2023). The iPROTECT Study: Developing and testing an online intervention to improve the uptake and maintenance of personal protective behaviours against COVID-19. Funding Source: Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Prinicipal Applicant
($100,000; 2019-2021). Thrive walk in clinic – a barrier free access to mental health services. Funding Source: Private  Donor.

Site Principal Investigator for Canada
Tate, D., Bryant, M., Lutes, L.D., Stevens, J., Truesdale, K. ($1,730,237 USD; 2018-2020). Randomized Controlled Trial of an International Commercial Program on Weight Loss and Health Outcomes. Funding Source: Weight Watchers International.

Co-Principal Investigator
Lutes, L.D., & Tang, T. ($8,600; 2018-2019). Improving Self-management and Reducing Distress in Diabetes: Integrating Community Health Worker Models in the Primary Care Setting. Funding Source: UBC Collaboration Grant Competition between Vancouver & Okanagan campuses.

Co-Investigator – Lead on the Mental Health Division
Ginis, K.M, Jung, M., Lutes, L.D., Little, J. Holtzman, S., Rush, K., Oelke, N., Kurtz, D., Jones, C., Hickey, R., & Berg, S. ($249,999; 2017-2020). Community Health Research. Funding Source: University of British Columbia – Eminence Fund Competition.

Principal Investigator
Lutes, L.D. ($130,083; 2017-2022). The Center for Obesity and Well-being Research Excellence (CORE). Funding Source: British Columbia Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF).

Principal Investigator
Lutes, L.D. ($130,083; 2017-2022). The Center for Obesity and Well-being Research Excellence (CORE). Funding Source: Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI).

Co-Principal Investigator
Lutes, L.D. & Wirtz, D. ($120,000; 2017-2019). ENHANCE 2: Enduring Happiness and Continued Self-Enhancement – A Pragmatic Randomized Clinical Trial. Funding Source: Diener Foundation.

Co-Principal Investigator
McManus, A, & Lutes, L.D., ($100,000; 2017-2019). A Well-being Assessment of Kelowna’s Youth: Mental and Physical Health of Children and Adolescents in the Okanagan. Funding Source: Tree of Hope and TD Foundation.

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

Co-Director of Public Advocacy, BC Psychological Association

Editorial Board, Contemporary Clinical Trials

Past President, Canadian Council for Professional Psychology Programs (CCPPP)

Member, Society of Behavioral Medicine

Member, The Obesity Society


UBCO professor examines COVID-19 public health messaging

Opinion: We save money and lives in B.C. by placing psychologists in primary care

Women lead on COVID-19 research

Mental Health Monday: Dr. Lutes discusses Mental Health Matters fundraiser

Mental Health Monday: Anxiety or anguish?

Mental Health Monday: Integrating mental health into B.C.’s public health-care system

A controversial pitch for the BC budget: Make mental health care free

B.C. psychologists call on government to provide more mental health coverage under MSP

UBCO psychologists take part in Bell Let’s Talk Day mental health panel


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