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

To Utility and Beyond! Specifying and Advancing the Utility of Measurement-Based Care for Youth.
(2022 Mar 9)
J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol
McLeod BD, Jensen-Doss A, Lyon AR, Douglas S, Beidas RS

A Brief Online Implicit Bias Intervention for School Mental Health Clinicians.
(2022 Jan 7)
Int J Environ Res Public Health 19(2):
Liu FF, Coifman J, McRee E, Stone J, Law A, Gaias L, Reyes R, Lai CK, Blair IV, Yu CL, Cook H, Lyon AR

Validation and Use of the Measure of Effective Attributes of Trainers in School-Based Implementation of Proactive Classroom Management Strategies.
(2022 Jan 12)
School Ment Health
Larson M, Cook CR, Sullivan MM, Lyon AR, Lewis CC

Iterative redesign of a caregiver-mediated intervention for use in educational settings.
(2022 Apr)
Autism 26(3): 666-677
Bearss K, Tagavi D, Lyon AR, Locke J

Collaboratively maximizing the impact of human-centered design in psychological and implementation science: Reply to Proctor et al. (2021).
(2021 Oct)
Am Psychol 76(7): 1189-1190
Lyon AR, Brewer SK, Areán PA

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