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Kathleen D Lyons, Sc.D.

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:


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
Early Versus Delayed Initiation of Concurrent Palliative Oncology Care: Patient Outcomes in the ENABLE III Randomized Controlled Trial.
J Clin Oncol 2015 May 1; 33(13):1438-45
PMID: 25800768

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
Benefits of Early Versus Delayed Palliative Care to Informal Family Caregivers of Patients With Advanced Cancer: Outcomes From the ENABLE III Randomized Controlled Trial.
J Clin Oncol 2015 May 1; 33(13):1446-52
PMID: 25800762

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

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

Lyons KD, Hegel MT, Hull JG, Li Z, Balan S, Bartels S
Reliability and validity of the valued activity inventory for adults with cancer.
OTJR (Thorofare N J) 2012 Winter; 32(1):238-45
PMID: 22826691

Maloney C, Lyons KD, Li Z, Hegel M, Ahles TA, Bakitas M
Patient perspectives on participation in the ENABLE II randomized controlled trial of a concurrent oncology palliative care intervention: benefits and burdens.
Palliat Med 2013 Apr; 27(4):375-83
PMID: 22573470

Lyons KD, Erickson KS, Hegel MT
Problem-solving strategies of women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.
Can J Occup Ther 2012 Feb; 79(1):33-40
PMID: 22439290

Lyons KD, Hull JG, Root LD, Kimtis E, Schaal AD, Stearns DM, Williams IC, Meehan KR, Ahles TA
A pilot study of activity engagement in the first six months after stem cell transplantation.
Oncol Nurs Forum 2011 Jan; 38(1):75-83
PMID: 21186163

O'Hara RE, Hull JG, Lyons KD, Bakitas M, Hegel MT, Li Z, Ahles TA
Impact on caregiver burden of a patient-focused palliative care intervention for patients with advanced cancer.
Palliat Support Care 2010 Dec; 8(4):395-404
PMID: 20875202

Lyons KD, Li Z, Tosteson TD, Meehan K, Ahles TA
Consistency and construct validity of the Activity Card Sort (modified) in measuring activity resumption after stem cell transplantation.
Am J Occup Ther 2010 Jul-Aug; 64(4):562-9
PMID: 20825127