Kathleen D. Lyons, ScD, OTR/L

Kathy Lyons
Occupational Therapy

Dr. Lyons is a rehabilitation scientist whose research is focused on developing the evidence base for cancer rehabilitation and psycho-oncology. Her primary area of interest is in developing and testing participant-directed interventions that are tailored to address individual priorities and needs. Her research has been funded by the American Cancer Society, National Cancer Institute, and the American Occupational Therapy Foundation. 

Research Interests

Intervention development and testing
Experimental design
Qualitative research
Mixed methods
Implementation science


BS, Occupational therapy, University of NH, Durham, NH
MS, Occupational therapy, University of NH, Durham, NH
ScD, Therapeutic studies, Boston University, Boston MA


Lyons, K.D., Bruce, M.L., Hull, J., Kaufman, P.A., Li, Z., Stearns, D.M., Lansigan, F., Chamberlin, M., Fuld, A., Bartels, S.J., Whipple, J., Bakitas, M.A., & Hegel, M.T (2019). Health Through Activity: Initial evaluation of an in- home intervention for older adults with cancer. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 73(5), 7305205070.

Lyons, K.D., Newman, R., Adachi-Mejia, A., Whipple, J., and Hegel, M.T. (2018). Content analysis of a participant-directed intervention to optimize activity engagement of older adult cancer survivors. OTJR: Occupation, Participation, and Health, 38(1), 38-45. PMID: 28929925

Lyons, K.D., Newman, R., Kaufman, P.A., Bruce, M.L., Stearns, D.M., Lansigan, F., Chamberlin, M., Bartels, S.J., Whipple, J., & Hegel, M.T. (2018). Goal attainment and goal adjustment of older adults during person-directed cancer rehabilitation. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(1), 7202205110p1-7202205110p8. PMID: 29426388

Lyons, K.D., Padgett, L., Marshall, T.F., Greer, J.A., Silver, J.K., Raj, V.S., Zucker, D.S., Fu, J.B., Pergolotti, M., Sleight, A.G., & Alfano, C.M. (2019).  Follow the Trail: Using Insights from the Growth of Palliative Care to Advance a National Agenda for Cancer Rehabilitation. CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians, 69(2), 113-126. PMID: 30457670

Stevens, C.J., Hegel, M.T., Bakitas, M.A., Bruce, M.L. Azuero, A, Pisu, M., Chamberlin, M., Keene, K., Rocque, G., Ellis, D.E., Gilbert, T.L., Morency, J.L., Newman, R.M., Codini, M.E., Thorp, K.E., dos Anjos, S.M., Cloyd, D.Z., Echols, J., Milford, A., Ingram, S.A., Davis, J., & Lyons, K.D. (2020). Study Protocol for a Multi-Site Randomized Controlled Trial of a Rehabilitation Intervention to Reduce Participation Restrictions among Female Breast Cancer Survivors. BMJ Open, 10(2):e036864. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-036864. PMCID: PMC7044873

Curriculum Vitae