Tulloch, Heather

Overview 

Heather Tulloch is a Clinical, Health, and Rehabilitation Psychologist at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute and Assistant Professor with the Department of Medicine, in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa.

Background 

Tulloch received her bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1995 from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, which she followed with an MSc in Clinical Psychology from North Dakota State University in Fargo in 2000, and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa in 2007.

In 2007, she received the Student Research Award from the Canadian Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation and was nominated for the Young Investigator Award from the European Association of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation.

Tulloch joined the Heart Institute as a Research Fellow in 2006. In her current role as psychologist, Tulloch provides psychological assessment and intervention services to patients coping with various medical conditions and conducts research on the mental health issues in cardiac rehabilitation.

She is a member of the College of Psychologists of Ontario.

Research & Clinical Interests 

Heather Tulloch’s research has examined issues related to changes in behaviour, such as physical activity, smoking cessation, treatment knowledge, and sexual health. She has investigated the psychosocial determinants of starting and maintaining exercise in patients with coronary artery disease and diabetes. She has also evaluated quality-of-life and mood outcomes as a result of participating in cardiac rehabilitation.

Publications 

LATEST PUBLICATIONS

  • Reid R, Tulloch H , Sigal R, Kenny G, McDonnell L, Fortier M, Well G, Boule N, Phillips P. Well-being and health status outcomes from the Diabetes Aerobic and Resistance Exercise (DARE) Trial. Diabetologia (in press).
  • Sweet S, Guerin E, Fortier M, Tulloch H , Sigal R, Kenny G, Reid R (2009). Understanding physical activity in adults with type 2 diabetes after completing an exercise intervention trial: a mediation model of self-efficacy and autonomous motivation. Psychology, Health & Medicine 2009;14(4):419-429.
  • Tulloch H , Reid R, Slovinec M, Plotnikoff R, Morrin L, Beaton L, Papadakis S, Pipe A. Predicting short- and long-term exercise intentions and behaviour in patients with coronary artery disease: a test of Protection Motivation Theory. Psychology & Health 2009;24(3):255-269.
  • Smyth J, Hockemeyer J, Tulloch H . Expressive writing and post-traumatic stress disorder: effects on trauma symptoms, mood states, and cortisol reactivity. British Journal of Health Psychology 2008;13:85-93.

PAPERS IN REFEREED JOURNALS

  • Reid, R., Tulloch, H., Sigal, R., Kenny, G. McDonnell, L., Fortier, M., Well, G., Boule, N. & Phillips, P. (in press). Well-being and health status outcomes from the Diabetes Aerobic and Resistance Exercise (DARE) Trial. Diabetologia.
  • Sweet, S., Guerin, E., Fortier, M., Tulloch, H., Sigal, R., Kenny, G., Reid, R. (2009). Understanding physical activity in adults with type 2 diabetes after completing an exercise intervention trial: A mediation model of self-efficacy and autonomous motivation. Psychology, Health & Medicine, 14, (4) 419-429.
  • Tulloch, H., Reid, R., Slovinec, M., Plotnikoff, R., Morrin, L. Beaton, L., Papadakis, S. & Pipe, A. (2009). Predicting short and long-term exercise intentions and behaviour in patients with coronary artery disease: A test of Protection Motivation Theory. Psychology & Health, 24 (3), 255-269.
  • Smyth, J., Hockemeyer, J. & Tulloch, H. (2008). Expressive writing and post-traumatic stress disorder: Effects on trauma symptoms, mood states, and coritsol reactivity. British Journal of Health Psychology, 13, 85-93.
  • Sigal, R., Kenny, G., Boulé, N., Prud'homme, D., Wells, G., Fortier, M., Reid, R., Tulloch, H., Coyle, D., Phillips, P., Jennings, A., Jaffey, J. (2007). Effects of Aerobic Exercise Training, Resistance Exercise Training, and their Combination on Glycemic Control in Type 2 Diabetes: The Diabetes Aerobic and Resistance Exercise (DARE) Trial. Annals of Internal Medicine, 147 (6), 357-369.
  • Reid, R., Tulloch, H., Kocourek, J., Morrin, L., Beaton, L., Papadakis, S., Blanchard, C. & Riley, D. (2007). Who will be active? Predicting exercise stage transition after hospitalization for coronary artery disease. Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, 85 (1), 17-23.
  • Tulloch, H., Fortier, M. & Hogg, W. (2006). Physical activity counseling in primary care: Who has and who should counsel? Patient Education and Counseling, 64, 6-20.
  • Reid, R., Morrin, L., Pipe, A., Dafoe, W., Higginson, L., Wielgosz, A., Mcdonald, P., Plotnikoff, R., Courneya, K., Oldridge, N., Beaton, L., Papadakis, S., Slovinec D'Angelo, M., Tulloch, H., & Blanchard, C. (2006). Determinants of physical activity after hospitalization for coronary artery disease: The Tracking Exercise After Cardiac Hospitalization (TEACH) Study. European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, 13, 529-537.
  • Fortier, M., Tulloch, H., & Hogg, W. (2006). A good fit: Integrating physical activity counselors into family practice. Canadian Family Physician, 52, 947-951.
  • Exline, J., Smyth, J., Gregory, J., Hockemeyer, J., & Tulloch, H. (2005). Religious framing: God models and writing about traumatic experiences by PTSD patients. International Journal of the Psychology of Religion, 15 (1), 17-33.
  • Tulloch, H.E., McCaul, K.D., Miltenberger, R.G., & Smyth, J. M (2004). Partner communication skills and condom use among college couples. Journal of American College Health, 52 (6), 263-267.
  • Stricker, J. M., Miltenberger, R. G., Garlinghouse, M. & Tulloch, H. E. (2003). Augmenting stimulus intensity with an awareness enhancement device in the treatment of finger sucking. Education and Treatment of Children, 26, 22-29.
  • Stricker, J., Miltenberger, R., Anderson, C., Tulloch, H., & Deaver, C. (2002). A functional analysis of digit sucking in children. Behavior Modification, 26, 424-443.
  • McCaul, K.D., & Tulloch, H.E. (1999). Cancer Screening Decisions. Cancer Risk and Communication: What we know and what we need to learn. Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs No.25, 52-58.

ABSTRACTS

  • Mullen, K., Riley, D., Reid, R., Tulloch, H., Aitken, D. & Pipe, A. (2009). Severity of craving and nicotine withdrawal symptoms and effect of nicotine replacement therapy in smokers hospitalized with heart disease. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention.
  • VanRyan-Bolland, L., Tulloch, H. & Lorello, C. (2009). Analysis of two cardiac rehabilitation programs: High-intensity on-site and rehab lite home program: Do these program options compare? Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention.
  • Larose, J., Sigal, R., Boule, N., Wells, G., Prud'homme, D., Fortier, M., Reid, R., Tulloch, H., Coyle, D., Phillips, P., Jennings, A., Khandwala, F. & Kenny, G. (2009). The effect of exercise training on physical fitness in type 2 diabetes mellitus. Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise.
  • Reid, R., Morrin, L., Beaton, L., Papadakis, S., Tulloch, H., Slovinec D'Angelo, M., Kocourek, J., McDonnell, J., Suskin, N., & Pipe, A. (2008). The cardiofit expert system to prescribe and track physical activity in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD): Results from a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention.
  • Tulloch, H., Black, S., O'Farrell, P., Morrin, L., Robbins, P., Reid, R. & Pipe, A. (2008). Alternative Delivery Models of Cardiac Rehabilitation: Description and Patient Characteristics. European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, (suppl.), S53.
  • Tulloch, H. Reid, R. & Fortier, M. (2007). Personal and environmental determinants of exercise intentions and behaviour in patients with coronary artery disease: Evaluating a social cognitive model. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention.
  • Slovinec D'Angelo, M., Keast, M., & Tulloch, H. (2007). Quality of life outcomes associated with different forms of cardiac rehabilitation. Journal of Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation and Prevention.
  • Tulloch, H., Slovinec, M. & Reid, R. (2007). Prevalence, predictors and changes in anxiety and depression in patients attending cardiac rehabilitation. European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, 14 (suppl.), S102.
  • Tulloch, H., Slovinec, M. & Reid, R. (2007). Predicting short and long-term exercise intentions and behaviour in patients with coronary artery disease: A test of protection motivation theory. European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, 14 (suppl.), S83.
  • Davis, H., Peeters, C., Tulloch, H., Goldfield, G., Hadjiyannakis, S., Kenny, G. & Sigal, R. (2007). Exercise facilitators and barriers involved in a randomized trial of overweight and obese youth: A qualitative inquiry. Annals of Behavioral Medicine,33 (suppl.), S077.
  • Tulloch, H., Fortier, M. & Reid, R. (2007). Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Environmental Determinants of Physical Activity in Cardiac Patients: Evaluating a Social-Cognitive Model. Presented at the Society of Behavior Medicine Annual Conference, Washington, DC. Annals of Behavioral Medicine,33 (suppl.), S035.
  • Tulloch, H., Fortier, M., & Reid, R. (2006). Environmental and social-cognitive predictors of physical activity intentions in patients with coronary artery disease. Annals of Behavioral Medicine,31 (suppl.), S154.
  • Sweet, S. Fortier, M., Tulloch, H., Sigal, R., & Kenny, G. (2005). Changes in barrier self-efficacy, self-determination, and feeling states over the course of a randomized exercise trial in adults with type 2 diabetes. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 29 (suppl.), S159.
  • Fortier, M., Tulloch, H., Hogg, W., O'Sullivan, R., Sweet, S. & Nguyen, T. (2005). Establishing a collaborative interdisciplinary primary care team that promotes physical activity: Preliminary qualitative findings. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 29 (suppl.), S064.
  • Tulloch, H., Fortier, M. & Reid, R. (2005). Temporal relationships between social-cognitive variables in cardiac patients with coronary artery disease. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 29 (suppl.), S180.
  • Tulloch, H., Fortier, M., Sigal, R. & Kenny, G. (2004). Changes in health-related quality of life in type 2 diabetes patients enrolled in a randomized exercise trial: Preliminary analyses. Canadian Psychology, 45 (2a), 143.
  • Tulloch, H., Fortier, M., Sigal, R. & Kenny, G. (2004). Influence of fitness trainer on exercise feelings states and perceptions of success in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 27 Supplement, S082.
  • Capstick, G., Tulloch, H., Fortier, M. & Pamphile, J. (2004). Qualitative Examination of Exercise Barriers and Facilitators in the Maintenance Phase of a Randomized Exercise Trial for people With Type 2 Diabetes. Canadian Psychology, 45 (2a), 147.
  • Fortier, M., Kenney, G., Sigal, R., Sweet, S., & Tulloch, H. (2004). Self-determination and exercise stage progression: A longitudinal study. Canadian Psychology, 45 (2a), 139.
  • Fortier, M., Tulloch, H., Depault, I., Sigal, R., Kenny, G. (2003). Psycho-social predictors of compliance in a randomized exercise trial in individuals with type II diabetes: Preliminary Analyses. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 25 Supplement, SO28.
  • Tulloch, H., Fortier, M., Depault, I., Capstick, G., Sigal, R., Kenny, G., & Galipeau, J. (2003). Exercise facilitators and barriers of individuals with type II diabetes involved in a randomized trial: A qualitative inquiry. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 25 Suppl, SO28.
  • Tulloch, H., & Reid, R. (2003). Social-cognitive evaluation of physical activity-related factors in patients with coronary artery disease attending or not attending cardiac rehabilitation programs. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 25 Suppl.
  • Tulloch, H,. Kowal, J., & Fortier, M. (June, 2002). Gender and level of competition effects in athletes'perceptions of the motivational climate, goal orientations, and past success. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 25 Suppl.
  • Tulloch, H., Kowal, J., & Fortier, M. (April, 2002). Peer and Teacher influences on students'enrolment in non-compulsory physical education classes. Canadian Psychology, 42.
  • Kowal, J., Fortier, M., & Tulloch, H. (June, 2001). Examining associations between adolescents'and parents'physical activity and television viewing behaviours. Canadian Psychology, 42 (2a); 14.
  • Tulloch, H.E., McCaul, K.D., & Mullens, A.B. (March, 2001). Communication skills training about condom use improves skills, but not condom use, in young adult couples. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 23 Suppl.
  • McCaul, K.D., Canevello, A.B., Mathwig, J.L. & Tulloch, H.E. (April, 2000). Risk communication and worry about breast cancer. Annals of Behavioral Medicine,22 Suppl.

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