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Kathleen D Lyons, ScD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry


Boston University, Boston, MA - Sc.D., 2003
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH - M.S., 1999
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH - B.S., 1993

Center For Aging
Norris Cotton Cancer Center

Contact Information:

7750 Psychiatry Dept
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
1 Medical Center Dr
Lebanon NH 03756

Phone: 603-653-3656
Fax: 603-653-9091
Email: Kathleen.D.Lyons@dartmouth.edu

Professional Interests:

Understanding and ameliorating the threats to social, emotional, and functional well-being experienced by persons with chronic or life-threatening illness.

Grant Information:

Principal Investigator. Reducing Disability in Older Adult Cancer Survivors. American Cancer Society. (Mentored Research Scholar Grant). (9/1/12 to 8/31/17).

Principal investigator. Functional and Emotional Health of Older, Rural Cancer Survivors. American Cancer Society. (#IRG-82-003-24)(4/1/09 to 3/31/11).

Tiffany Blake Fellowship. Functional Performance of Older Adults with Cancer. Hitchcock Foundation. (7/1/08 to 6/30/10).

Co-investigator. National Cancer Institute. Participation Restrictions in Young-Middle Adult Rural Breast Cancer Survivors. (4/1/10 to 3/31/13).

Project coordinator. Improving Palliative Care for Patients with Cancer. National Cancer Institute. (1 R01 CA101704-01; PI: Ahles/Hegel).(1/21/03 to 12/31/09).

Co-investigator. Preserving Function in Rural Breast Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy. National Cancer Institute. (1 R03 CA124200-01; PI: Hegel). (9/1/06 to 8/31/09).

Principal investigator. Functional Recovery After Bone Marrow Transplantation. Hitchcock Foundation.(11/1/06 to 10/31/08).

Selected Publications:


Cognitive and Affective Representations of Active Surveillance as a Treatment Option for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer.
Lyons KD, Li HH, Mader EM, Stewart TM, Morley CP, Formica MK, Perrapato SD, Seigne JD, Hyams ES, Irwin BH, Mosher T, Hegel MT
Am J Mens Health. 2016 Jun 29; pii: 1557988316657041. Epub 2016 Jun 29.
PMID: 27365211

Family Caregiver Depressive Symptom and Grief Outcomes From the ENABLE III Randomized Controlled Trial.
Dionne-Odom JN, Azuero A, Lyons KD, Hull JG, Prescott AT, Tosteson T, Frost J, Dragnev KH, Bakitas MA
J Pain Symptom Manage. 2016 Sep;52(3):378-85. doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2016.03.014. Epub 2016 Jun 3.
PMID: 27265814

Coaching Family Caregivers to Become Better Problem Solvers When Caring for Persons with Advanced Cancer.
Dionne-Odom JN, Lyons KD, Akyar I, Bakitas MA
J Soc Work End Life Palliat Care. 2016 Jan-Jun;12(1-2):63-81. doi: 10.1080/15524256.2016.1156607.
PMID: 27143574

Associations between advanced cancer patients' survival and family caregiver presence and burden.
Dionne-Odom JN, Hull JG, Martin MY, Lyons KD, Prescott AT, Tosteson T, Li Z, Akyar I, Raju D, Bakitas MA
Cancer Med. 2016 May;5(5):853-62. doi: 10.1002/cam4.653. Epub 2016 Feb 10.
PMID: 26860217

A Content Analysis of Functional Recovery Strategies of Breast Cancer Survivors.
Lyons KD, Svensborn IA, Kornblith AB, Hegel MT
OTJR (Thorofare N J). 2015 Apr;35(2):73-80.
PMID: 26460469

Reply to R.A. Ferrer et al and B.W. Corn.
Bakitas M, Dionne-Odom JN, Lyons KD, Dragnev KH
J Clin Oncol. 2015 Dec 10;33(35):4230-1. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2015.63.4337. Epub 2015 Oct 12.
PMID: 26460297

Early Versus Delayed Initiation of Concurrent Palliative Oncology Care: Patient Outcomes in the ENABLE III Randomized Controlled Trial.
Bakitas MA, Tosteson TD, Li Z, Lyons KD, Hull JG, Li Z, Dionne-Odom JN, Frost J, Dragnev KH, Hegel MT, Azuero A, Ahles TA
J Clin Oncol. 2015 May 1;33(13):1438-45. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2014.58.6362. Epub 2015 Mar 23.
PMID: 25800768

Benefits of Early Versus Delayed Palliative Care to Informal Family Caregivers of Patients With Advanced Cancer: Outcomes From the ENABLE III Randomized Controlled Trial.
Dionne-Odom JN, Azuero A, Lyons KD, Hull JG, Tosteson T, Li Z, Li Z, Frost J, Dragnev KH, Akyar I, Hegel MT, Bakitas MA
J Clin Oncol. 2015 May 1;33(13):1446-52. doi: 10.1200/JCO.2014.58.7824. Epub 2015 Mar 23.
PMID: 25800762

Development and initial evaluation of a telephone-delivered, behavioral activation, and problem-solving treatment program to address functional goals of breast cancer survivors.
Lyons KD, Hull JG, Kaufman PA, Li Z, Seville JL, Ahles TA, Kornblith AB, Hegel MT
J Psychosoc Oncol. 2015;33(2):199-218. doi: 10.1080/07347332.2014.1002659. Epub 2015 Feb 10.
PMID: 25668509

Oncologists' perspectives on concurrent palliative care in a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center.
Bakitas M, Lyons KD, Hegel MT, Ahles T
Palliat Support Care. 2013 Oct;11(5):415-23. doi: 10.1017/S1478951512000673. Epub 2012 Oct 8.
PMID: 23040412