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Dr. Jeffrey A. Katula, Ph.D., MA
Associate Professor

Worrell 2160
Email: katulaj@wfu.edu
Phone: 336-758-3612

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  • AB. Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, 1992, Psychology
  • MA. Loyola University Chicago, IL, 1995, Counseling Psychology
  • Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1999, Kinesiology

WFU Courses:

HES 262:  Statistics for the Health Sciences
HES 312:  Health Psychology
HES 715:  Experimental Design

Research Interests

Dr. Katula is interested in the relationship between human behavior and chronic disease and disability.  He is particularly interested in the prevention and management of Type II diabetes, mobility disability, cognitive functioning, and quality of life in older adults.  His work emanates from a social cognitive perspective and he often utilizes group mediated cognitive behavioral approaches to implementing interventions.  He is involved in several randomized controlled trials examining various behavioral interventions including physical activity, weight loss, and mental training in older adults. 

Research Projects

Lifestyle Interventions For the Treatment of Diabetes (LIFT)
The purpose of this study is to compare the impact of a community-based weight loss program delivered by community health workers to a traditional diabetes self-management education program on cardiovascular disease risk in patients with diabetes.  This study is targeting underserved patients.  The primary outcome is changes in cardiovascular disease risk at 24-months. This study is funded by the National Institute for Minority Health & Health Disparities (NIMHD) through a P60 Center of Excellence grant awarded to the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity. 

La Communidad
The purpose of this study is to determine whether the combination of state of the art, proven diet and exercise strategies together with the accountability and structure of Latino church communities will lead to enhanced health-related behaviors allowing for successful implementation of a DPP-like lifestyle modification program to reduce incidence of T2DM.  This study is funded by the National Institute for Minority Health & Health Disparities (NIMHD) through a P60 Center of Excellence grant awarded to the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity. 

Healthy Living Partnerships to Prevent Diabetes (HELP PD).
The goal of this project is to translate knowledge regarding the prevention of type 2 DM into practice in the community.  This project is testing the effectiveness of a group-based intensive lifestyle behavioral intervention incorporating professional counselors and community health workers delivered in the community setting via an existing Diabetes Care Center (DCC) in preventing the onset of type 2 DM.  This study is funded by NIDDK.

Exercise and Pain Reduction Therapy (EXPRT)
The purpose of this translational pilot study is to develop a combined exercise and cognitive behavioral group therapy intervention aimed at reducing pain in patients with fibromyalgia.  The intervention will be held in the William G. White YMCA and we are targeting patients with Medicaid.

Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE)
Based upon promising results from a pilot study among 424 sedentary older adults who were randomized to a physical activity intervention or a successful aging health education intervention, a Phase 3 multi-center randomized controlled trial is being conducted to compare a moderate-intensity physical activity program to a successful aging health education program in 1,600 sedentary older adults who are followed for an average of 2.7 years.  The primary aim is to assess the long-term effects of the proposed interventions on the primary outcome of major mobility disability, defined as inability to walk 400 m. Secondary aims focus on assessing the relative effects of the interventions on the following outcomes: cognitive function; serious fall injuries; persistent mobility disability; the combined outcome of major mobility disability or death; disability in activities of daily living; cardiovascular and pulmonary events; and cost-effectiveness.  Tertiary aims relate to assessing the relative effects of the interventions on (a) the combined outcome of mild cognitive impairment or dementia and (b) physical performance within pre-specified subgroups defined on the basis of race, gender and baseline physical performance.  This trial will provide definitive evidence regarding whether lifestyle modification interventions are effective and practical for preventing major mobility disability. Eight sites around the country participate in the LIFE study.

Recent Pblications

Goff, D. C., Jr., Katula, J. A., Blackwell, C. S., Isom, S. P., Pedley, C. F., & Vitolins, M. Z. (2014). Comment on Kahn and Davidson. The reality of type 2 diabetes prevention. Diabetes care 2014;37:943-949. Diabetes Care, 37(8), e185-186. doi: 10.2337/dc14-0854

Katula, J.A., Vitolins, M.Z., Morgan, T.M., Lawlor, M.S., Blackwell, C.S.,  Isom, S.P., Pedley, C.F., & Goff Jr., D.C.  (2013). The Healthy Living Partnerships to Prevent Diabetes (HELP PD) Study:  2-year results of a randomized controlled trial.  American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 44(4), S324-S332.

Lawlor, M.S., Blackwell, C.S., Isom, S.P., Katula, J.A., Vitolins, M.Z., Morgan, T.M., Goff, D.C. (2013).  Cost associated with a group translation of the Diabetes Prevention Program: the HELP PD Trial.  American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 44(4), S381-S389.

Rejeski, W.J., Axtell, R., Fielding, R., Katula, J.A., King, A.C., Manini, T. M., Marsh, T.M., Pahor, M., Rego, A., Tudor-Locke, C., Newman, A., Walkup, M.P., Miller, M.E., for the LIFE Study Investigator Group. (2013). Promoting physical activity for elders with comprised function:  The Lifestyle Interventions and Independence for Elders (LIFE) Study physical activity intervention.  Clinical Interventions in Aging, 2013:8, 1119-1131.

Espeland, M.A., Katula, J.A., Rushing, J., Kramer, A.F., Jennings, J., Sink, K.M., Castro, C.M., Church, T., Kerwin, D.R., Williamson, J.D., Rushing, S., & Rapp, S.R. for the LIFE Study Group. (2013). Performance of a computer-based assessment of cognitive function measures in two cohorts of seniors.  International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 28(12), 1239-1250. doi: 10.1002/gps.3949

Kirk, J. K., Craven, T., Lipkin, E. W., Katula, J., Pedley, C., O’Connor, P. J., & Margolis, K. L. (2013). Longitudinal changes in dietary fat intake and associated changes in cardiovascular risk factors in adults with type 2 diabetes: The ACCORD trial. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, 100(1), 61-68.

Rosenberger Hale, E., Goff, D. C., Isom, S., Blackwell, C., Whitt-Glover, M. C., & Katula, J. A. (2013). Relationship of weekly activity minutes to metabolic syndrome in prediabetes: the healthy living partnerships to prevent diabetes. J Phys Act Health, 10(5), 690-698.




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