Rick LaCaille

Rick LaCaille
University of Minnesota Duluth | UMD · Department of Psychology

Ph.D.

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Introduction
Rick LaCaille currently works at the Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota Duluth. Rick does research in Health Psychology and Clinical Psychology as well as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Their current project is 'Evaluating the Efficacy of Appetite Awareness Training to Prevent Unintended Weight Gain in College Freshmen Women: A Randomized Clinical Trial'.
Additional affiliations
August 2005 - June 2020
University of Minnesota Duluth
Position
  • Professor (Full)
July 2003 - July 2005
Duke University Medical Center
Position
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship
Education
May 2003
Utah State University
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Publications (37)
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Misconceptions about psychological phenomena are prevalent among students completing college-level psychology courses. Although these myths are often difficult to eliminate, efforts incorporating a refutational focus have demonstrated some initial promise in dispelling these beliefs. In the current quasi-experimental study, four sections of an onli...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper, a meta-analysis and systematic review of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), is to focus on studies that reported trainees’ mental health literacy, attitudes and helping-related behaviors, as well as the impact of the program for the people who came into contact with trainees (i.e. recipients). Design/methodology/app...
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Introduction College may be a time when emerging adults establish eating patterns that influence future weight trajectories. Self-determination theory (SDT) suggests that satisfaction of basic psychological needs (autonomy, competence, relatedness) supports autonomous regulation of behavior, which is associated with healthier behaviors. When needs...
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Background The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unprecedented disruptions, restrictions, and concerns about physical and mental health. Emerging adulthood, including the first year of college, is associated with declines in healthy eating and physical activity, as well as possible heightened distress. The impact of COVID-19 may exacerbate these co...
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Objectives: Caregivers of adults afflicted with a variety of chronic physical and mental health conditions are at risk for poorer well-being and reduced health related to chronic stress. Physical activity (PA) interventions may alleviate aspects of this burden, as well as provide benefits to physical health. However, notable limitations exist in t...
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Background Psychology coursework may include opportunities to reduce mental illness stigma attitudes among college students. However, some strategies are known to backfire, and little is known about how these attitudes evolve during psychology coursework. Objective The purpose of this study was to examine whether psychology students’ mental illnes...
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We implemented a poster assignment intended to dispel myths about mental health that students taking Abnormal Psychology commonly endorse. Each student in one section of Abnormal Psychology designed a poster to target a mental health myth. They shared their posters and provided feedback on other students’ posters in small discussion groups, exposin...
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Effectively using motivational interviewing (MI) in practice can be difficult. However, there are a number of studies that examine training students across helping professions, with the goal of promoting more effective use of MI. The purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to quantify the effectiveness of teaching students MI. In to...
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There is some evidence to support that instructing students in developing metacognitive skills will aid in their awareness of learning, though additional research on performance effects, specific approaches (e.g., exam wrappers), and implementation into actual courses is warranted. In the current quasi-experimental study, 14 sections (n = 244 stude...
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Although it is well documented that students learn and retain more information when they think deeply about what they are learning, few students are taught how to use effective learning strategies nor are they explicitly taught how to engage in self-directed learning. There is some evidence to support that instructing in the use of these skills can...
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Background Worksite obesity prevention interventions using an ecological approach may hold promise for reducing typical weight gain. The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of Go!, an innovative 12-month multi-component worksite obesity prevention intervention. Methods A quasi-experimental non-equivalent control group design w...
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Misconceptions of psychological phenomena are widespread and often not easily eliminated—even among students completing college-level psychology courses. As part of a research methods psychology course, students developed public-service-announcement-style posters as part of a psychology myth-debunking campaign and presented these to students enroll...
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Background: Obesity prevention efforts typically involve changing eating and exercise behaviors as well as the physical and social environment in which those behaviors occur. Due to existing social networks, worksites are a logical choice for implementing such interventions. Purpose: This article describes the development and implementation of a pe...
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DefinitionExercise is a form of physical activity that involves repeated body movements that are both structured and planned with the intention of maintaining or enhancing one’s health or physical fitness. Typically, exercise is characterized as either aerobic or anaerobic with the former emphasizing the use of oxygen for sustained movements such a...
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Without Abstract Numerous aspects of psychological well-being related to physical activity have been examined using epidemiological, cross-sectional, and experimental research strategies, including depression, anxiety, mood/affect, self-perception, cognitive performance, and quality of life. Moreover, these aspects have been considered in terms of...
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DefinitionPhysical activity interventions primarily aim to encourage sedentary individuals or those at risk for chronic diseases to initiate and maintain healthy levels of activity. Secondary goals of interventions may include improved weight or disease management, enhanced psychological well-being and stress reduction, and better quality of life....
Conference Paper
In recent years there has been a move to examine the effects of nutrition labeling on consumer food selection. In particular, there is an interest in conducting this research in applied settings, such as restaurants, schools, and worksites. However, the process of carrying out such studies is complex and presents a number of challenges. Purpose: Th...
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The health care industry is in the unique position to model health-fulness in food systems. However, there is little available infor-mation on the processes that hospitals have used to change food environments. To assess such processes, interviews were conducted with hospital and community members involved in food manage-ment and service at a mid-s...
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Studies have suggested that complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and herbal supplement use may be high on college campuses. This study investigated the relationship between CAM and herbal supplement utilization and coping, self-regulatory, cognitive styles, and healthcare satisfaction among college students (n=370). Indeed, overall CAM and...
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Recent research demonstrated that more males than females run proportionally close to gender-specific world-class standards, which may serve as an estimate of gender differ-ences in competitiveness and training commitment. The current study is a reexamination of three datasets, totaling 844 male and female marathoners, and focuses on testing the as...
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Physical activity is important for reducing overweight and obesity and related health consequences. This study examined changes in mood following 16 weeks of exercise in a sample of 29 individuals residing in a rural area and at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Significant positive mood changes were detected, with moderate to la...
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Background: Consumption of unhealthy food may lead to obesity and chronic conditions that result in higher health care costs, reduced productivity, and possibly shorter life spans. Thus it may be efficient to tax unhealthy food to deter consumption and subsidize the purchase of healthy food to encourage consumption that may reduce the likelihood of...
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Lumbar discectomy is the most common type of back surgery performed in the United States. Outcomes after this procedure can be variable and it appears that Workers' Compensation patients might be at increased risk for poor outcomes. To examine long-term multidimensional outcomes of lumbar discectomy within a cohort of Workers' Compensation patients...
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Results of lumbar fusion surgery have been mixed and procedures are costly. Interbody cage lumbar fusion (ICLF) has been advanced to improve arthrodesis and clinical outcomes; however, little attention has been given to ICLF costs or potential predictors of these expenses. To depict medical and compensation costs associated with ICLF in a Utah coho...
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Impaired quality of life is associated with increased mortality in patients with advanced lung disease. Using a randomized controlled trial with allocation concealment and blinded outcome assessment at 2 tertiary care teaching hospitals, the authors randomly assigned 328 patients with end-stage lung disease awaiting lung transplantation to 12 weeks...
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This study was designed to investigate factors influencing physical risk taking in the sport of rock climbing. Specifically, the relationships between physical risk taking, sensation seeking, spheres of control, and desirability of control were examined. One hundred five rock climbers from the United States completed a series of surveys measuring e...
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The aims of this study are to characterize the levels of emotional distress and quality of life among caregivers of lung transplant candidates and to examine the relation of coping styles and perceived caregiver burden to caregivers' self-reported emotional distress. A consecutive series of primary caregivers of potential lung transplant candidates...
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This study examined the relationship between cognitive functioning and the severity of underlying lung disease in patients awaiting lung transplantation. Ninety-four patients with end-stage lung disease completed a test battery to assess cognitive performance in two domains: executive functioning/attention (Trails A and B, COWA, Animal Naming, Stro...
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Interbody cage lumbar fusion (ICLF) has been advanced to improve arthrodesis; however, little attention has been given to quality of life and functional outcomes. Studies suggest that psychosocial factors may be important modifiers of low back surgical outcomes. To depict outcomes of ICLF surgery across multiple dimensions and to investigate presur...
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Objective: To investigate the effects of cognitive strategies, exercise setting, and participants’ gender on performance, perceived exertion, affect, and satisfaction in recreational runners.Methods: A 3×2×2 mixed experimental design with Exercise Setting (i.e., treadmill, indoor track, and outdoor route) as a within-groups independent variable and...
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Exercise has beneficial acute mood effects; however, for Type A Behaviour Pattern (TABP) individuals the positive mood effects of exercise may not be consistent because of their tendency to perceive exercise situations as competitive. This study examined whether competition (and the ensuing effort) would influence the acute affective response of ex...

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Some colleagues and I came across references to the state self-control capacity scale, but we're having a difficult time tracking down a copy. I'm wondering if anyone is familiar with this measure and might be able to point us in the right direction of where to obtain a copy of it? Also, can anyone comment on if it has been adapted for a particular context, such health-related behaviors?

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Conducted a Randomized Clinical Trial (3x3 mixed factorial design) examining the efficacy of a brief Appetite Awareness Training intervention, compared to a Nutrition Education Intervention and a No-treatment Control Condition, aimed at increasing an individual’s ability to eat intuitively based on bodily hunger and satiety cues, thereby potentially preventing weight gain and disordered eating.