Aaron Lyon, PhD

Personal Statement

My research focuses on increasing the accessibility, efficiency, and effectiveness of community- and school-based interventions for children, adolescents, and families. I am particularly interested in (1) the identification and implementation of low-cost, high-yield practices – such as the use of measurement-based care – to reduce the gap between typical and optimal practice in schools; (2) development of individual- and organization-level implementation strategies to promote adoption and sustainment of evidence-based psychosocial interventions within a multi-tier systems of support (MTSS) framework; and (3) human-centered design (and redesign) of psychosocial and digital technologies to improve their implementability, accessibility, and effectiveness. I am the founder and Co-Director of the School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center, dually housed in UW’s School of Medicine and College of Education.


PhD: DePaul University, Chicago
Residency: Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle
Fellowship: Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle

Department Affiliations

Training Programs

Research Institute for Implementation Science in Education (RIISE)

Recent Publications

A Mixed-Method Study Examining Solutions to Common Barriers to Teachers' Adoption of Evidence-Based Classroom Practices.
(2022 Sep)
Psychol Sch 59(9): 1825-1843
Merle JL, Larson MF, Cook CR, Brewer SK, Hamlin C, Duong M, McGinnis JL, Thayer AJ, Gaias LM, Lyon AR

Promises and pitfalls in implementation science from the perspective of US-based researchers: learning from a pre-mortem.
(2022 Aug 13)
Implement Sci 17(1): 55
Beidas RS, Dorsey S, Lewis CC, Lyon AR, Powell BJ, Purtle J, Saldana L, Shelton RC, Stirman SW, Lane-Fall MB

Longitudinal Effects of a Motivationally Focused Strategy to Increase the Yield of Training and Consultation on Teachers' Adoption and Fidelity of a Universal Program.
(2022 Aug 2)
School Ment Health
Merle JL, Cook CR, Pullmann MD, Larson MF, Hamlin CM, Hugh ML, Brewer SK, Duong MT, Bose M, Lyon AR

How low can you go? Examining the effects of brief online training and post-training consultation dose on implementation mechanisms and outcomes for measurement-based care.
(2022 Jul 22)
Implement Sci Commun 3(1): 79
Lyon AR, Liu FF, Connors EH, King KM, Coifman JI, Cook H, McRee E, Ludwig K, Law A, Dorsey S, McCauley E

School Mental Health Professionals' Knowledge of Stereotypes and Implicit Bias Toward Black and Latinx Youths.
(2022 Jul 20)
Psychiatr Serv
Liu FF, McRee E, Coifman J, Stone J, Lai CK, Yu CL, Lyon AR

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