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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:


Goal Attainment and Goal Adjustment of Older Adults During Person-Directed Cancer Rehabilitation.
Lyons KD, Newman RM, Kaufman PA, Bruce ML, Stearns DM, Lansigan F, Chamberlin M, Bartels SJ, Whipple J, Hegel MT
Am J Occup Ther. 2018 Mar/Apr;72(2):7202205110p1-7202205110p8. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2018.023648.
PMID: 29426388

Moving beyond symptom management towards cancer rehabilitation for older adults: Answering the 5W's.
Pergolotti M, Lyons KD, Williams GR
J Geriatr Oncol. 2017 Dec 3; pii: S1879-4068(17)30248-5. doi: 10.1016/j.jgo.2017.11.009. Epub 2017 Dec 3.
PMID: 29212610

The role of a palliative care intervention in moderating the relationship between depression and survival among individuals with advanced cancer.
Prescott AT, Hull JG, Dionne-Odom JN, Tosteson TD, Lyons KD, Li Z, Li Z, Dragnev KH, Hegel MT, Steinhauser KE, Ahles TA, Bakitas MA
Health Psychol. 2017 Dec;36(12):1140-1146. doi: 10.1037/hea0000544. Epub 2017 Oct 19.
PMID: 29048177

Content Analysis of a Participant-Directed Intervention to Optimize Activity Engagement of Older Adult Cancer Survivors.
Lyons KD, Newman R, Adachi-Mejia AM, Whipple J, Hegel MT
OTJR (Thorofare N J). 2018 Jan;38(1):38-45. doi: 10.1177/1539449217730356. Epub 2017 Sep 20.
PMID: 28929925

Qualitative insights into how men with low-risk prostate cancer choosing active surveillance negotiate stress and uncertainty.
Mader EM, Li HH, Lyons KD, Morley CP, Formica MK, Perrapato SD, Irwin BH, Seigne JD, Hyams ES, Mosher T, Hegel MT, Stewart TM
BMC Urol. 2017 May 8;17(1):35. doi: 10.1186/s12894-017-0225-3. Epub 2017 May 8.
PMID: 28482875

Delphi Study to Determine Rehabilitation Research Priorities for Older Adults With Cancer.
Lyons KD, Radomski MV, Alfano CM, Finkelstein M, Sleight AG, Marshall TF, McKenna R, Fu JB
Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2017 May;98(5):904-914. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2016.11.015. Epub 2016 Dec 19.
PMID: 28007446

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