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Cara Lewis, PhD, HSPP

TitleAssociate Investigator
InstitutionKaiser Permanente Washington
DepartmentKaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
Address1730 Minor Ave
Seattle WA 98101
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-9888-4902 Additional info
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    Cara C. Lewis, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and Beck Scholar recognized by the Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She is interested in identifying strategies to improve community mental and behavioral health care through the integration of evidence-based practices and measurement feedback systems.

    Dr. Lewis is an international leader in implementation science, serving as President of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration. She was expert faculty for the Implementation Research Institute and is a scientific advisory board member for Academy Health’s 10th Annual Conference on Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health. She was recently recognized by three 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, and
    - President’s New Research Award for the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.

    Dr. Lewis’ research is currently funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). She is the principal investigator (PI) of a multi-site implementation trial in which the goal is to compare the effectiveness of standardized versus tailored approaches to implementing measurement based care for depression.

    Dr. Lewis is PI of a second R01 in which she seeks to advance implementation science through measure development and evaluation. Her team is developing new measures of implementation outcomes in hopes of revealing tools that are psychometrically strong and pragmatic. This work will also contribute a repository of quantitative measures for scientists and practitioners to integrate into their implementation efforts.

    Dr. Lewis recently joined the steering committee for SONNET – the Social Needs Network for Evaluation and Translation, funded by the national KP Community Benefit and aims to address the social, economic and behavioral needs of KP members.

    Dr. Lewis is an affiliate assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the School of Medicine at the University of Washington. She is also an assistant professor at Indiana University where she leads the Training Research and Implementation in Psychology (TRIP) lab. In collaboration with her students in the TRIP lab, she is exploring mechanisms of change in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for depression and the implementation of CBT into youth residential settings.

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    1. Lewis CC, Hannon PA, Klasnja P, Baldwin LM, Hawkes R, Blackmer J, Johnson A, OPTICC Consortium, represented by Bryan J. Weiner. Optimizing Implementation in Cancer Control (OPTICC): protocol for an implementation science center. Implement Sci Commun. 2021 Apr 23; 2(1):44. PMID: 33892822; PMCID: PMC8062945.
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    2. 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 10; 9(15):1035-1041. PMID: 33000638.
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    3. 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 Sep; 9(9):5026-5034. PMID: 33209839; PMCID: PMC7652127.
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    4. 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 04 16; 15(1):21. PMID: 32299461; PMCID: PMC7164241.
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    5. 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 12; 57(6 Suppl 1):S13-S24. PMID: 31753276.
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    6. Shields-Zeeman L, Lewis C, Gottlieb L. Social and Mental Health Care Integration: The Leading Edge. JAMA Psychiatry. 2019 09 01; 76(9):881-882. PMID: 31215983.
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    7. 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. PMID: 30684091.
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    8. Lewis CC, Boyd M, Puspitasari A, Navarro E, Howard J, Kassab H, Hoffman M, Scott K, Lyon A, Douglas S, Simon G, Kroenke K. Implementing Measurement-Based Care in Behavioral Health: A Review. JAMA Psychiatry. 2018 Dec 19. PMID: 30566197.
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    9. Lewis CC, Scott K, Marriott BR. A methodology for generating a tailored implementation blueprint: an exemplar from a youth residential setting. Implement Sci. 2018 05 16; 13(1):68. PMID: 29769096.
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    10. Lewis CC, Klasnja P, Powell BJ, Lyon AR, Tuzzio L, Jones S, Walsh-Bailey C, Weiner B. From Classification to Causality: Advancing Understanding of Mechanisms of Change in Implementation Science. Front Public Health. 2018; 6:136. PMID: 29868544.
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    11. Lewis CC, Mettert KD, Dorsey CN, Martinez RG, Weiner BJ, Nolen E, Stanick C, Halko H, Powell BJ. An updated protocol for a systematic review of implementation-related measures. Syst Rev. 2018 04 25; 7(1):66. PMID: 29695295.
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    12. Lewis CC, Stanick C, Lyon A, Darnell D, Locke J, Puspitasari A, Marriott BR, Dorsey CN, Larson M, Jackson C, Thayer J, Bailey CW, Lengnick-Hall R, Dorsey S, Landes SJ. Proceedings of the Fourth Biennial Conference of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC) 2017: implementation mechanisms: what makes implementation work and why? part 1. Implement Sci. 2018 03 20; 13(Suppl 2):30. PMID: 29589570.
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    13. Lewis CC, Puspitasari A, Boyd MR, Scott K, Marriott BR, Hoffman M, Navarro E, Kassab H. Implementing measurement based care in community mental health: a description of tailored and standardized methods. BMC Res Notes. 2018 Jan 27; 11(1):76. PMID: 29374497.
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    14. Jensen-Doss A, Haimes EMB, Smith AM, Lyon AR, Lewis CC, Stanick CF, Hawley KM. Monitoring Treatment Progress and Providing Feedback is Viewed Favorably but Rarely Used in Practice. Adm Policy Ment Health. 2018 01; 45(1):48-61. PMID: 27631610.
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    15. Lyon AR, Connors E, Jensen-Doss A, Landes SJ, Lewis CC, McLeod BD, Rutt C, Stanick C, Weiner BJ. Intentional research design in implementation science: implications for the use of nomothetic and idiographic assessment. Transl Behav Med. 2017 09; 7(3):567-580. PMID: 28155110.
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    16. Marriott BR, Rodriguez AL, Landes SJ, Lewis CC, Comtois KA. A methodology for enhancing implementation science proposals: comparison of face-to-face versus virtual workshops. Implement Sci. 2016 May 06; 11:62. PMID: 27154000.
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    17. Scott K, Klech D, Lewis CC, Simons AD. What Did They Learn? Effects of a Brief Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Workshop on Community Therapists' Knowledge. Community Ment Health J. 2016 11; 52(8):998-1003. PMID: 25894649.
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    18. Lewis CC, Stanick CF, Martinez RG, Weiner BJ, Kim M, Barwick M, Comtois KA. The Society for Implementation Research Collaboration Instrument Review Project: a methodology to promote rigorous evaluation. Implement Sci. 2015 Jan 08; 10:2. PMID: 25567126.
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