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Kathleen D Lyons, ScD

Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry

Additional Titles/Positions/Affiliations
Senior Scientist


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

Professional Interests

Cancer Rehabilitation
Palliative and Supportive Care
Mixed Methods Research
Implementation Science

Grant Information

Principal Investigator. Optimizing Functional Recovery of Breast Cancer Survivors. National Cancer Institute; 1R01CA225792-01A1 (2/1/19 to 1/31/24).

Co-investigator. Implementing Palliative Care: Learning Collaborative vs. Technical Assistance. National Cancer Institute. 1R01 CA229197-01 (9/24/18 to 9/23/23).

Co-principal Investigator. A Remotely Supervised Exercise Program for Lung Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemoradiation. Alliance (NCI) NCORP Research Base grant 5UG1CA189823. (8/1/17 to 7/31/19).

Co-principal Investigator. A feasibility study of unsupervised, pre-operative exercise program for patients scheduled for lung cancer surgery. Norris Cotton Cancer Center Population Sciences Developmental Fund. (12/13/16 to 5/31/19).
Principal Investigator. Reducing Disability in Older Adult Cancer Survivors. American Cancer Society. (Mentored Research Scholar Grant). (9/1/12 to 8/31/18).

Principal Investigator. Supporting Caregivers of Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Patients: A Feasibility Study of the Ready to CARE program. American Occupational Therapy Foundation. (7/1/17 to 6/30/18).

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


Perspectives of Participation in Daily Life From Cancer Survivors: A Qualitative Analysis.
L'Hotta AJ, Shivakumar N, Lyons KD, Trebelhorn A, Manohar A, King AA
Arch Rehabil Res Clin Transl. 2022 Sep;4(3):100212. doi: 10.1016/j.arrct.2022.100212. Epub 2022 Jul 2.
PMID: 36123981

Impact of non-pharmacological interventions on activity limitations and participation restrictions in older breast cancer survivors: A scoping review.
Brick R, Turner R, Bender C, Douglas M, Eilers R, Ferguson R, Leland N, Lyons KD, Toto P, Skidmore E
J Geriatr Oncol. 2022 Mar;13(2):132-142. doi: 10.1016/j.jgo.2021.09.010. Epub 2021 Sep 29.
PMID: 34598902

Activity Engagement after Cancer in Community-Based Survivors.
Coss D, Bass JD, Lyons KD
Occup Ther Health Care. 2022 Apr;36(2):141-151. doi: 10.1080/07380577.2021.1923105. Epub 2021 May 19.
PMID: 34010083

Autonomous Psychological Support for Isolation and Confinement.
Lyons KD, Slaughenhaupt RM, Mupparaju SH, Lim JS, Anderson AA, Stankovic AS, Cowan DR, Fellows AM, Binsted KA, Buckey JC
Aerosp Med Hum Perform. 2020 Nov 1;91(11):876-885. doi: 10.3357/AMHP.5705.2020.
PMID: 33334408

A systematic review of rehabilitation and exercise recommendations in oncology guidelines.
Stout NL, Santa Mina D, Lyons KD, Robb K, Silver JK
CA Cancer J Clin. 2021 Mar;71(2):149-175. doi: 10.3322/caac.21639. Epub 2020 Oct 27.
PMID: 33107982

Usability and acceptability of a mobile application prototype for a combined behavioural activation and physical rehabilitation intervention in acute respiratory failure survivors.
Parker AM, Nelliot A, Chessare CM, Malik AM, Koneru M, Hosey MM, Ozok AA, Lyons KD, Needham DM
Aust Crit Care. 2020 Nov;33(6):511-517. doi: 10.1016/j.aucc.2020.02.010. Epub 2020 Apr 25.
PMID: 32340769

Assessments used to measure participation in life activities in individuals with cancer: a scoping review.
L'Hotta AJ, Varughese TE, Lyons KD, Simon L, King AA
Support Care Cancer. 2020 Aug;28(8):3581-3592. doi: 10.1007/s00520-020-05441-w. Epub 2020 Apr 13.
PMID: 32285262

Follow the trail: Using insights from the growth of palliative care to propose a roadmap for cancer rehabilitation.
Lyons KD, Padgett LS, Marshall TF, Greer JA, Silver JK, Raj VS, Zucker DS, Fu JB, Pergolotti M, Sleight AG, Alfano CM
CA Cancer J Clin. 2019 Mar;69(2):113-126. doi: 10.3322/caac.21549. Epub 2018 Nov 20.
PMID: 30457670

Integrated Rehabilitation for Breast Cancer Survivors.
Cheville AL, McLaughlin SA, Haddad TC, Lyons KD, Newman R, Ruddy KJ
Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2019 Feb;98(2):154-164. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000001017.
PMID: 30119087

Moving beyond symptom management towards cancer rehabilitation for older adults: Answering the 5W's.
Pergolotti M, Lyons KD, Williams GR
J Geriatr Oncol. 2018 Nov;9(6):543-549. doi: 10.1016/j.jgo.2017.11.009. Epub 2017 Dec 6.
PMID: 29212610

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