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

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

Leveraging human-centered design to implement modern psychological science: Return on an early investment.
(2020 Nov)
Am Psychol 75(8): 1067-1079
Lyon AR, Brewer SK, Areán PA

Examining the Effects of a Brief, Group-Based Motivational Implementation Strategy on Mechanisms of Teacher Behavior Change.
(2020 Nov 23)
Prev Sci
Larson M, Cook CR, Brewer SK, Pullmann MD, Hamlin C, Merle JL, Duong M, Gaias L, Sullivan M, Morrell N, Kulkarni T, Weeks M, Lyon AR

Rates of Mental Health Service Utilization by Children and Adolescents in Schools and Other Common Service Settings: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
(2020 Sep 17)
Adm Policy Ment Health
Duong MT, Bruns EJ, Lee K, Cox S, Coifman J, Mayworm A, Lyon AR

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