Cara C. Lewis, PhD

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“My research seeks to develop new, pragmatic, and rigorous measures and methods for supporting the implementation and evaluation of new clinical programs.”

Cara C. Lewis, PhD

Senior Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute

Cara.C.Lewis@kp.org
206-422-4076
Twitter: @CaraCLewis

Biography

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:

  • A Rising Star of the Association for Psychological Science
  • Theodore Blau Early Career Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology for the American Psychological Association
  • President’s New Research Award for the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy

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.

Research interests and experience

Recent publications

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

Shields-Zeeman L, Lewis C, Gottlieb L. Social and mental health care integration: the leading edge. JAMA Psychiatry. 2019 Jun 19. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.1148. [Epub ahead of print]. PubMed

Rodriguez-Quintana N, Lewis CC. Ready or not? transitions of depressed adolescents during acute phase of treatment. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2019 Dec;50(6):950-959. doi: 10.1007/s10578-019-00895-4. PubMed

Lewis CC, Lyon AR, McBain SA, Landes SJ. Testing and exploring the limits of traditional notions of fidelity and adaptation in implementation of preventive interventions.  J Prim Prev. 2019 Feb;40(1):137-141. doi: 10.1007/s10935-019-00539-2. PubMed

Powell BJ, Fernandez ME, Williams NJ, Aarons GA, Beidas RS, Lewis CC, McHugh SM, Weiner BJ. Enhancing the impact of implementation strategies in healthcare: a research agenda. Front Public Health. 2019 Jan 22;7:3. doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2019.00003. eCollection 2019. PubMed

Scott K, Lewis CC, Marti CN. Trajectories of symptom change in the Ttreatment for Adolescents with Depression Study.  J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2019 Mar;58(3):319-328. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2018.07.908. Epub 2019 Jan 8. PubMed

Stanick CF, Halko HM, Dorsey CN, Weiner BJ, Powell BJ, Palinkas LA, Lewis CC. Operationalizing the 'pragmatic' measures construct using a stakeholder feedback and a multi-method approach. BMC Health Serv Res. 2018 Nov 22;18(1):882. doi: 10.1186/s12913-018-3709-2. PubMed

McKenzie CA, Meitinger T, Metspalu A, Milaneschi Y, Milani L, Mohlke KL, Momozawa Y, Nalls MA, Nelson CP, Sotoodehnia N, Norris JM, O'Connell JR, Palmer ND, Perls T, Pedersen NL, Peters A, Peyser PA, Poulter N, Raffel LJ, Raitakari OT, Roll K, Rose L+++. A Method for Tracking Implementation Strategies: An Exemplar Implementing Measurement-Based Care in Community Behavioral Health Clinics. PLoS One. 2018 Jun 18;13(6):e0198166. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0198166. eCollection 2018. PubMed

Lewis CC, Scott K, Marriott BR. A methodology for generating a tailored implementation blueprint: an exemplar from a youth residential setting. Implement Sci. 2018 May 16;13(1):68. doi: 10.1186/s13012-018-0761-6. PubMed

 

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