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Byron J. Powell, PhD

Byron J. Powell, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Health Policy and Management
Byron Powell is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis.

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 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. 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 Awards

Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholar

2018-2020, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Clinical Research Loan Repayment Award

2015-2020, National Institutes of Health

Scholar, Mixed Methods Research Training Program for the Health Sciences

2018-2019, National Institute of Mental Health

Invited Speaker, Committee on Fostering Healthy Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Development

2018, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

Mentored Research Scientist Development Award

2017-2021, National Institute of Mental Health

Fellow, Implementation Research Institute

2016-2018, National Institute of Mental Health

Early Career Award, Dissemination & Implementation Special Interest Group

2016, Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies

Fellow, Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services (CHIPS) Research Training Institute

2015-2016, National Institute of Mental Health

Fellow, Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health

2015, National Institutes of Health

National Research Service Award

2012-2014, National Institute of Mental Health

Trainee, KT Canada Summer Institute

2012, Knowledge Translation Canada

Award for Impact

2011, Seattle Implementation Research Conference

Representative Courses

HPM 767, Implementation Science in Health | Syllabus

Research Activities

  • Implementation Research
  • Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research
  • Community Engaged Research
  • Behavioral Health and Child Welfare

Key Publications

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

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