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.


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

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Recent Publications

Harmonizing evidence-based practice, implementation context, and implementation strategies with user-centered design: a case example in young adult cancer care.
(2021 Apr 26)
Implement Sci Commun 2(1): 45
Haines ER, Dopp A, Lyon AR, Witteman HO, Bender M, Vaisson G, Hitch D, Birken S

Dissemination Science in School Mental Health: A Framework for Future Research.
(2021 Apr 18)
School Ment Health
Baker EA, Brewer SK, Owens JS, Cook CR, Lyon AR

Opioid Use Disorder: Treatments and Barriers.
(2021 Feb 6)
Cureus 13(2): e13173
Patel K, Bunachita S, Agarwal AA, Lyon A, Patel UK

Protocol for a hybrid type 2 cluster randomized trial of trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy and a pragmatic individual-level implementation strategy.
(2021 Jan 7)
Implement Sci 16(1): 3
Lyon AR, Pullmann MD, Dorsey S, Levin C, Gaias LM, Brewer SK, Larson M, Corbin CM, Davis C, Muse I, Joshi M, Reyes R, Jungbluth NJ, Barrett R, Hong D, Gomez MD, Cook CR

Implementation strategies for digital mental health interventions in health care settings.
(2020 Nov)
Am Psychol 75(8): 1080-1092
Graham AK, Lattie EG, Powell BJ, Lyon AR, Smith JD, Schueller SM, Stadnick NA, Brown CH, Mohr DC

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