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

The Interaction Between General and Strategic Leadership and Climate on Their Multilevel Associations with Implementer Attitudes Toward Universal Prevention Programs for Youth Mental Health: A Cross-Sectional Study.
(2022 Dec 30)
Adm Policy Ment Health
Zhang Y, Cook C, Fallon L, Corbin C, Ehrhart M, Brown E, Locke J, Lyon A

Expect the Unexpected: A Qualitative Study of the Ripple Effects of Children's Mental Health Services Implementation Efforts.
Implement Res Pract 3():
Pullmann MD, Dorsey S, Duong MT, Lyon AR, Muse I, Corbin CM, Davis CJ, Thorp K, Sweeney M, Lewis CC, Powell BJ

A Pre-Implementation Enhancement Strategy to Increase the Yield of Training and Consultation for School-Based Behavioral Preventive Practices: a Triple-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial.
(2022 Nov 11)
Prev Sci
Zhang Y, Cook CR, Azad GF, Larson M, Merle JL, Thayer J, Pauls A, Lyon AR

The mechanics of implementation strategies and measures: advancing the study of implementation mechanisms.
(2022 Oct 22)
Implement Sci Commun 3(1): 114
Lewis CC, Klasnja P, Lyon AR, Powell BJ, Lengnick-Hall R, Buchanan G, Meza RD, Chan MC, Boynton MH, Weiner BJ

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

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