Aaron R. Lyon, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor at the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He is also Director of the
School Mental Health Assessment, Research, and Training (SMART) Center, housed in UW’s School of Medicine and College of Education. The Center facilitates more effective and integrated
approaches to research and technical assistance surrounding the implementation of evidence- based and contextually appropriate interventions for social, emotional, and behavioral problems in schools. Dr. Lyon’s research focuses primarily on promoting front-line practitioner (e.g., mental health clinicians, teachers) behavior change and the uptake of evidence-based practices (EBP) in schools and community settings by assessing and addressing multilevel predictors of implementation success.
11.30 Enhancing implementation capacity through individual- and intervention-level strategies
Dr. Lyon will present a series of projects focused on improving the capacity of individual professionals to use EBP. First, he will discuss the development of a pre-training motivation and engagement enhancement intervention. Informed by the Theory of Planned Behavior, this intervention is designed to improve professionals’ behavioral intentions for implementation by increasing self-efficacy, perceived behavioral control, and social norms surrounding EBP. Second, Dr. Lyon will describe efforts to improve the design of EBP themselves to ensure compatibility with practitioner needs and expectations. This project draws heavily from the contemporary field of user-centered design with the goal of enhancing usability and facilitating EBP adoption and sustainment.
Finally, Dr. Lyon will discuss projects using digital technologies to support training and implementation objectives. In particular, he will focus on the design and application of measurement-feedback systems to improve mental health clinicians’ application of measurement-based care / routine outcome monitoring in their practice.