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About A. Scott LaJoie

I have a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology, an M.A. in Cognitive Psychology, an M.S.P.H. in Decision Sciences and Biostatistics, and a B.A. in Photojournalism.

I teach a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level; Most commonly, these courses are: Introduction to Social and Behavioral Sciences (undergrad), Health Decision and Risk Analysis (MPH), and Health Risk Communication (PhD). My teaching is guided by best-practice principles such as team-based learning, active learning strategies, and a focus on learner-centered outcomes. Additionally, I lead experiential learning activities that include study abroad and/or international service learning. My graduate students conduct research in improving health-related decision making, quality of life, and reducing health disparities. 

My research and scholarship centers on facilitating better health-related decision making. I am motivated to understand why individuals engage or fail to engage in prevention activities (e.g., vaccination and screening) and how they use information sources to inform their behaviors and choices. I enjoy working with stakeholders to develop patient decision aids to facilitate effective communication and shared decision making. 

My main line of inquiry is the prevention of HPV-associated cancers and cervical cancer screening. Disparities in cancer incidence and mortality are evident among rural and non-rural dwellers, and among people with differing racial and ethnic backgrounds. We can reduce these disparities by developing evidence-based interventions that improve health behaviors and decisions.


Present Associate Professor, University of Louisville Department of Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences

Curriculum Vitae

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Professional Service and Affiliations

Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning advisory board, University of Louisville
Graduate Student Academic Grievance committee, University of Louisville
SPHIS Undergraduate curriculum committee, University of Louisville
Society for Medical Making Education committee, University of Louisville
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Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright Specialist Roster, US Dept. of State (2015 - 2020)
  • Social Justice Fellow, Cooperative Consortium for Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research (2018-2019)
  • Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society 2016
  • University of Louisville Red & Black Student-Athlete Faculty Mentor 2015
  • University of Louisville Community Engagement Award 2013
  • Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality (CODRE) Signature Partnership Initiative Grant for Graduate Students (mentee: Sula Hood) 2011
  • Balderson Leadership Project Award. Change Master Program. Kentucky Public Health Leadership Institute 2009
  • University of Louisville Faculty Favorite nominee (2011, 2015)


2009 CHPE, University of Louisville ‐ School of Public Health & Information Sciences
2003 PhD, University of Louisville ‐ Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences
2003 MSPH, University of Louisville ‐ Department of Bioinformatics and Biostatistics
1998 MA, Western Kentucky University ‐ Department of Psychological Sciences
1994 BA, Western Kentucky University ‐ Department of Psychology
1994 BA, Western Kentucky University ‐ Department of Communication

Contact Information

Andrew Scott LaJoie
Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences
School of Public Health and Information Sciences
University of Louisville


Peer Reviewed Publications (22)