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

Advancing mechanisms of implementation to accelerate sustainable evidence-based practice integration: protocol for generating a research agenda.
(2021 Oct 18)
BMJ Open 11(10): e053474
Lewis CC, Powell BJ, Brewer SK, Nguyen AM, Schriger SH, Vejnoska SF, Walsh-Bailey C, Aarons GA, Beidas RS, Lyon AR, Weiner B, Williams N, Mittman B

Understanding the value of adhering to or adapting evidence-based interventions: a study protocol of a discrete choice experiment.
(2021 Aug 11)
Implement Sci Commun 2(1): 88
von Thiele Schwarz U, Lyon AR, Pettersson K, Giannotta F, Liedgren P, Hasson H

Study protocol of a randomised trial of Summer STRIPES: a peer-delivered high school preparatory intervention for students with ADHD.
(2021 Aug 3)
BMJ Open 11(8): e045443
Zulauf-McCurdy CA, Coxe SJ, Lyon AR, Aaronson B, Ortiz M, Sibley MH

The Cognitive Walkthrough for Implementation Strategies (CWIS): a pragmatic method for assessing implementation strategy usability.
(2021 Jul 17)
Implement Sci Commun 2(1): 78
Lyon AR, Coifman J, Cook H, McRee E, Liu FF, Ludwig K, Dorsey S, Koerner K, Munson SA, McCauley E

Implementation of School Diabetes Care in the United States: A Scoping Review.
(2021 Jun 29)
J Sch Nurs
An R, Li D, Cole M, Park K, Lyon AR, White NH

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