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
Arterburn DE, Toh S, Williams N, Anau J, Courcoulas A, Tavakkoli A, Stilwell D, Tuzzio L, Lewis CC, Wilcox MN, McTigue KM. Translating stakeholder-driven comparative effectiveness research into practice: the PCORnet Bariatric Study. J Comp Eff Res. 2020 Oct 1. doi: 10.2217/cer-2020-0156. [Epub ahead of print]. 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.
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.
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APA (American Psychological Association) Monitor, Nov 2019