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Jeff Katula
Jeff Katula
Associate Professor, Graduate Program Coordinator
Office: Worrell 2160
Phone: 336-758-3612

Bio

Dr. Katula received his MA from Loyola University and his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.  Dr. Katula teaches Statistics in the Health Sciences, Exercise and Health Psychology and Research Design. Dr. Katula is a health psychologist whose research interest is 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.

Teaching

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

Publications

Recent publications include:

  • Gesell, S.B., et al., Feasibility and Initial Efficacy Evaluation of a Community-Based Cognitive-Behavioral Lifestyle Intervention to Prevent Excessive Weight Gain During Pregnancy in Latina Women. Matern Child Health J, 2015. 19(8): p. 1842-52.
  • Katula, J.A., et al., The Healthy Living Partnerships to Prevent Diabetes study: 2-year outcomes of a randomized controlled trial. Am J Prev Med, 2013. 44(4 Suppl 4): p. S324-32.
  • Katula, J.A., et al., One-year results of a community-based translation of the Diabetes Prevention Program: Healthy-Living Partnerships to Prevent Diabetes (HELP PD) Project. Diabetes Care, 2011. 34(7): p. 1451-7.

Additional Information

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.