Byron J. Powell, PhD
Byron’s research focuses on efforts to improve the quality of behavioral health and social services. Specifically, his scholarship has focused on 1) identifying contextual barriers and facilitators to implementing evidence-based practices in routine care, 2) identifying and assessing the effectiveness of implementation strategies, 3) developing methods for designing and tailoring implementation strategies, and 4) advancing implementation research methods. His work has primarily been supported by the National Institutes of Health.
Byron’s teaching has focused on implementation science and practice. He teaches a graduate-level course, “Implementation Science in Health,” and has co-taught short courses at national and international conferences (e.g., Society for Behavioral Medicine, Society for Medical Decision Making, Society for Implementation Research Collaboration). Byron has also served as a faculty member for the Knowledge Translation Canada Summer Institute, the Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health, and the Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health-Ireland.
His service has focused on efforts to improve implementation research and practice. At UNC, Byron provides consultation on implementation research methods through the Community and Stakeholder Engagement Team of the North Carolina Translational & Clinical Sciences Institute and the Social and Behavioral Research Core of UNC’s Center for AIDS Research. He is also a Core Faculty Member of the UNC-RTI Consortium for Implementation Science. Nationally, he is Co-Chair of the Implementation Special Interest Group of the Society for Social Work and Research and the New Investigator Network of Expertise of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration. He is a current or past member of advisory boards for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Veterans Affairs, Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for EBP in Nursing and Healthcare, National Child Traumatic Stress Network, National Institutes of Health, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Byron has also served as an ad hoc grant reviewer (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Canadian Institute for Health Research, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the William T. Grant Foundation), and is on the editorial board of Implementation Science.
Honors and AwardsThorp Faculty Engaged Scholar
2018-2020, University of North Carolina at Chapel HillClinical Research Loan Repayment Award
2015-2020, National Institutes of HealthScholar, Mixed Methods Research Training Program for the Health Sciences
2018-2019, National Institute of Mental HealthInvited Speaker, Committee on Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development
2018, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and MedicineMentored Research Scientist Development Award
2017-2021, National Institute of Mental HealthFellow, Implementation Research Institute
2016-2018, National Institute of Mental HealthEarly Career Award, Dissemination & Implementation Special Interest Group
2016, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive TherapiesFellow, Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services (CHIPS) Research Training Institute
2015-2016, National Institute of Mental HealthFellow, Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health
2015, National Institutes of HealthNational Research Service Award
2012-2014, National Institute of Mental HealthTrainee, KT Canada Summer Institute
2012, Knowledge Translation CanadaAward for Impact
2011, Seattle Implementation Research Conference
HPM 767, Implementation Science in Health | Syllabus
- Implementation Research
- Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research
- Community Engaged Research
- Behavioral Health and Child Welfare
A compilation of strategies for implementing clinical innovations in health and mental health. Powell, B. J., McMillen, J. C., Proctor, E. K., Carpenter, C. R., Griffey, R. T, Bunger, A. C., Glass, J. E., & York, J. L. (2012). Medical Care Research and Review, 69(2), 123-157.
A refined compilation of implementation strategies: Results from the Expert Recommendations for Implementing Change (ERIC) study. Powell, B. J., Waltz, T. J., Chinman, M. J., Damschroder, L. J., Smith, J. L., Matthieu, M. M., Proctor, E.K., Kirchner, J. E. (2015). Implementation Science, 10(21), 1-14.
Advancing implementation research and practice in behavioral health systems. Powell, B. J. & Beidas, R. S. (2016). Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 43(6), 825-833.
Methods to improve the selection and tailoring of implementation strategies. Powell, B. J., Beidas, R. S., Lewis, C. C., Aarons, G. A., McMillen, J. C., Proctor, E. K., & Mandell, D. S. (2015). Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research.
Are general and strategic measures of organizational context and leadership associated with knowledge and attitudes toward evidence-based practices in public behavioral health settings? A cross-sectional observational study. Powell, B. J., Mandell, D. S., Hadley, T. R., Rubin, R. R., Evans, A. C., Hurford, M. O., & Beidas, R. S. (2017). Implementation Science, 12(64), 1-13.
BA, Psychology, Taylor University, 2004
MA, Clinical Social Work, University of Chicago, 2007
PhD, Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis, 2014
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research, University of Pennsylvania, 2015