Cara C. Lewis, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and Beck Scholar recognized by the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She is interested in developing strategies to improve the integration of evidence-based practices, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, into real-world settings, such as community mental health centers.
Dr. Lewis is an international leader in implementation science, serving as past president of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC). In 2020, SIRC and Sage Publications launched a new journal, Implementation Research and Practice, with Dr. Lewis serving as co-founding editor-in-chief. In 2021, she was recognized as one of the world’s top 25 researchers publishing in the journal Implementation Science. She has also served as expert faculty for the Implementation Research Institute, scientific advisory board member for AcademyHealth’s 10th Annual Conference on Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health, panelist for the National Institutes of Health implementation science study section, and adviser to 2 national implementation science centers (Ireland and Australia). She has been recognized by 3 of psychology’s largest associations for her early career accomplishments:
Dr. Lewis’ research is funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). She recently completed 2 NIMH-funded R01s as the principal investigator (PI). One was a multi-site implementation trial with the goal of comparing the effectiveness of standardized versus tailored approaches to implementing measurement-based care for depression. The other had the goal to advance implementation science by developing and evaluating measures as well as a pragmatic and psychometric evidence rating scale. Her newest R01 from NCI is also focused on developing and disseminating methods and measures to advance the science and practice of implementation with an emphasis on implementation strategy mechanisms.
She is also PI of 2 implementation science centers (one from NCI and the other from NIMH). These centers seek to optimize evidence-based practice implementation by developing, testing, refining, and disseminating new methods that leverage Agile Science.
In 2021, Dr. Lewis became co-director of SONNET: the Social Needs Network for Evaluation and Translation, funded by Kaiser Permanente's National Office of Community Health, which aims to address the social risks and needs of Kaiser Permanente members. She recently completed a national representative survey of Kaiser Permanente members to understand their social risks and needs and their perceptions of the role of the health system in addressing these needs. In addition, she co-leads social health projects and provides implementation science expertise within KPWHRI’s Center for Accelerating Care Transformation.
She is also PI of an AHRQ-funded R13 conference grant bringing together a Mechanisms Network of Expertise to develop and disseminate an implementation research agenda for streamlining and increasing the impact of strategies to integrate evidence-based programs into routine care.
Dr. Lewis is an affiliate associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Mechanisms of change; adolescent and adult depression; predictors, moderators and mediators of outcome; therapy knowledge and competence; training; supervision
Measures and methodologies; tailored approaches; measurement-based care; health information technologies; cluster randomized trials; systematic reviews
Social needs-targeted care; social needs-informed care; community resource specialist; screening tools
Landes SJ, Kerns SEU, Pilar MR, Walsh-Bailey C, Yu SH, Byeon YV, Crane ME, Larson M, Bullock HL, Baumann AA, Comtois KA, Darnell D, Dorsey S, Fizur P, Lewis CC, Moullin JC, Pierson A, Powell BJ, Stanick CF, Wiltsey Stirman S, Franks RP. Where the rubber meets the road: the intersection of research, policy, and practice - part 2. Implement Sci. 15, 80 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13012-020-01033-8.
Landes SJ, Kerns SEU, Pilar MR, Walsh-Bailey C, Yu SH, Byeon YV, Crane ME, Larson M, Bullock HL, Baumann AA, Comtois KA, Darnell D, Dorsey S, Fizur P, Lewis CC, Moullin JC, Pierson A, Powell BJ, Stanick CF, Wiltsey Stirman S, Franks RP. Where the rubber meets the road: the intersection of research, policy, and practice - part 1. Implement Sci. 2020 Sep 30;15(Suppl 3):76. doi: 10.1186/s13012-020-01034-7. PubMed
Lewis CC, Wellman R, Jones SMW, Walsh-Bailey C, Thompson E, Derus A, Paolino A, Steiner J, De Marchis EH, Gottlieb LM, Sharp AL. Comparing the performance of two social risk screening tools in a vulnerable subpopulation. J Family Med Prim Care. 2020 30;9(9):5026-5034. doi: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_650_20. eCollection 2020 Sep. PubMed
Mettert K, Lewis CC, Dorsey C, Halko H, Weiner BJ. Measuring implementation outcomes: an updated systematic review of measures’ psychometric properties. Implement Res Pract. August 28, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1177/2633489520936644.
Weiner BJ, Mettert KD, Dorsey CN, Nolen EA, Stanick C, Powell BJ, Lewis CC. Measuring readiness for implementation: a systematic review of measures’ psychometric and pragmatic properties. Implement Res Pract. August 26, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1177/2633489520933896.
McHugh S, Dorsey CN, Mettert K, Purtle J, Bruns E, Lewis CC. Measures of outer setting constructs for implementation research: a systematic review and analysis of psychometric quality. Implement Res Pract. July 21, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1177/2633489520940022.
Connors EH, Douglas S, Jensen-Doss A, Landes SJ, Lewis CC, McLeod BD, Stanick C, Lyon AR. What gets measured gets done: how mental health agencies can leverage measurement-based care for better patient care, clinician supports, and organizational goals. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2020 Jul 12. doi: 10.1007/s10488-020-01063-w. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
Allen P, Pilar M, Walsh-Bailey C, Hooley C, Mazzucca S, Lewis CC, Mettert KD, Dorsey CN, Purtle J, Kepper MM, Baumann AA, Brownson RC. Quantitative measures of health policy implementation determinants and outcomes: a systematic review. Implement Sci. 2020 Jun 19;15(1):47. doi: 10.1186/s13012-020-01007-w. PubMed
Lewis CC, Boyd MR, Walsh-Bailey C, Lyon AR, Beidas R, Mittman B, Aarons GA, Weiner BJ, Chambers DA. A systematic review of empirical studies examining mechanisms of implementation in health. Implement Sci. 2020;15(1):21. doi: 10.1186/s13012-020-00983-3. PubMed
Lewis CC, Dorsey C. Advancing implementation science measurement. In: Shlonsky A, Mildon R, Albers B (Eds.). The Science of Implementation. New York: Springer Publishing Company, LLC; 2017.
Cara Lewis, PhD, co-leads a new center to support using evidence-based practices in under-resourced settings such as schools.
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