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. 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, and panelist for the Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health study section. She was recently recognized by three of psychology’s largest associations for her early career accomplishments:
Dr. Lewis’ research is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). She is the principal investigator (PI) of a NIMH-funded multi-site implementation trial with the goal of comparing the effectiveness of standardized versus tailored approaches to implementing measurement-based care for depression.
Dr. Lewis is PI of a second R01 grant seeking to advance implementation science by developing and evaluating measures. Her team developed new pragmatic and psychometrically strong measures of implementation outcomes. This work will also contribute a repository of quantitative measures for scientists and practitioners to integrate into their implementation efforts.
Dr. Lewis is site PI and steering committee member for SONNET: the Social Needs Network for Evaluation and Translation, funded by national Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit, which aims to address the social, economic, and behavioral needs (SEBN) of Kaiser Permanente members. She is leading a survey of Kaiser Permanente members to understand their SEBN and their perceptions of the role of the health system in addressing these needs.
She is 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 also 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
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.
Powell BJ, Haley AD, Patel SV, Amaya-Jackson L, Glienke B, Blythe M, Lengnick-Hall R, McCrary S, Beidas RS, Lewis CC, Aaron GA, Wells KB, Saldana L, McKay MM, Weinberger M. Improving the implementation and sustainment of evidence-based practices in community mental health organizations: a study protocol for a matched-pair cluster randomized pilot study of COAST-IS. Implement Sci Commun. 2020;1. pii: 9. doi: 10.1186/s43058-020-00009-5. Epub 2020 Feb 25. PubMed
Henrikson NB, Blasi P, Dorsey CN, Mettert KD, Nguyen MB, Walsh-Bailey CL, Macuiba JA, Gottlieb LM, Lewis CC. Psychometric and pragmatic properties of social risk assessment tools in clinical settings: a systematic review. Am J Prev Med. Vol 57, Issue 6, Supp 1, p S13-S24. Dec 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2019.07.012.
Henrikson NB, Blasi PR, Dorsey CN, Mettert KD, Nguyen MB, Walsh-Bailey C, Macuiba J, Gottlieb LM, Lewis CC. Psychometric and pragmatic properties of social risk screening tools: a systematic review. Am J Prev Med. 2019;57(6S1):S13-S24. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2019.07.012. PubMed
De Marchis EH, Hessler D, Fichtenberg C, Adler N, Byhoff E, Cohen AJ, Doran KM, Ettinger de Cuba S, Fleegler EW, Lewis CC, Lindau ST, Tung EL, Huebschmann AG, Prather AA, Raven M, Gavin N, Jepson S, Johnson W, Ochoa E Jr, Olson AL, Sandel M, Sheward RS, Gottlieb LM. Part I: a quantitative study of social risk screening acceptability in patients and caregivers. Am J Prev Med. 2019;57(6S1):S25-S37. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2019.07.010. PubMed
Stanick CF, Halko HM, Nolen EA, Powell BJ, Dorsey CN, Mettert KD, Weiner BJ, Barwick M, Wolfenden L, Damschroder LJ, Lewis CC. Pragmatic measures for implementation research: development of the Psychometric and Pragmatic Evidence Rating Scale (PAPERS). Transl Behav Med. 2019 Nov 20. pii: 5634159. doi: 10.1093/tbm/ibz164. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed
King KM, Pullmann MD, Lyon AR, Dorsey S, Lewis CC. Using implementation science to close the gap between the optimal and typical practice of quantitative methods in clinical science. J Abnorm Psychol. 2019;128(6):547-562. doi: 10.1037/abn0000417. PubMed
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APA (American Psychological Association) Monitor, Nov 2019