Cara Lewis

Cara Lewis

Assistant Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences

  • (812) 855-6952
  • Psychology Building 162
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  • Ph.D., University of Oregon, 2011
  • M.S., University of Oregon, 2006
  • B.S.c.H., University of Victoria (Canada), 2003


My work is centered on a new field of research: dissemination and implementation science (DIS). Broadly, my research focuses on factors and processes related to successful response to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and its dissemination and implementation in the community. Although CBT has been identified as an empirically supported treatment for depression, improving rates of recovery and identifying the core components responsible for treatment gains remains critical. My research targets mechanisms of change at the client, therapist, supervisor, and organizational level, seeking ways to maximize clinical response. To this end, I direct a CBT Research and Training Clinic where I train advanced doctoral students to provide CBT to students and community members with depression and anxiety disorders. We evaluate each phase of training and treatment from multiple perspectives using client, therapist, and supervisor self-reports as well as through coding therapy, supervision and training sessions. Concurrently, I have established academic-community partnerships to support the integration of empirically supported interventions in the settings for which they were developed. I have been investigating effective models for training community therapists in CBT and other individual empirically supported practice elements such as measurement-based care, including social psychology informed group-based interventions as well as the use of health information technologies such as measurement feedback systems. In collaboration with the nation's largest behavioral health service provider, Centerstone, I serve as principal investigator of an R01 focused on comparing standardized versus tailored approaches to implementing measurement based care. I am also President of the NIMH-funded Society for Implementation Research Collaboration (SIRC) and co-director of the SIRC conference series. Through SIRC, I serve as principal investigator on a second R01 focused on developing measures and methods to advance implementation science.