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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:


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

Reliability and validity of the valued activity inventory for adults with cancer.
Lyons KD, Hegel MT, Hull JG, Li Z, Balan S, Bartels S
OTJR (Thorofare N J). 2012 Winter;32(1):238-45. doi: 10.3928/15394492-20110623-02. Epub 2011 Jun 30.
PMID: 22826691

Patient perspectives on participation in the ENABLE II randomized controlled trial of a concurrent oncology palliative care intervention: benefits and burdens.
Maloney C, Lyons KD, Li Z, Hegel M, Ahles TA, Bakitas M
Palliat Med. 2013 Apr;27(4):375-83. doi: 10.1177/0269216312445188. Epub 2012 May 9.
PMID: 22573470

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

A pilot study of activity engagement in the first six months after stem cell transplantation.
Lyons KD, Hull JG, Root LD, Kimtis E, Schaal AD, Stearns DM, Williams IC, Meehan KR, Ahles TA
Oncol Nurs Forum. 2011 Jan;38(1):75-83. doi: 10.1188/11.ONF.75-83.
PMID: 21186163

Impact on caregiver burden of a patient-focused palliative care intervention for patients with advanced cancer.
O'Hara RE, Hull JG, Lyons KD, Bakitas M, Hegel MT, Li Z, Ahles TA
Palliat Support Care. 2010 Dec;8(4):395-404. doi: 10.1017/S1478951510000258. Epub 2010 Sep 28.
PMID: 20875202

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