Byron Powell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and a Fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research and the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute.
Byron’s research focuses on efforts to improve the quality of behavioral health and social services. Specifically, his scholarship has focused on 1) identifying contextual barriers and facilitators to implementing evidence-based practices in routine care, 2) identifying and assessing the effectiveness of implementation strategies, 3) developing methods for designing and tailoring implementation strategies, and 4) advancing implementation research methods. His work has primarily been supported by the National Institutes of Health.
Byron’s teaching has focused on implementation science and practice. He teaches a graduate-level course, “Implementation Science in Health,” and has co-taught short courses at national and international conferences (e.g., Society for Behavioral Medicine, Society for Medical Decision Making, Society for Implementation Research Collaboration). Byron has also served as a faculty member for the Knowledge Translation Canada Summer Institute, the Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health, and the Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health-Ireland.
His service has focused on efforts to improve implementation research and practice. At UNC, Byron provides consultation on implementation research methods through the Community and Stakeholder Engagement Team of the North Carolina Translational & Clinical Sciences Institute and the Social and Behavioral Research Core of UNC’s Center for AIDS Research. He is also a Core Faculty Member of the UNC-RTI Consortium for Implementation Science. Nationally, he is Co-Chair of the Implementation Special Interest Group of the Society for Social Work and Research and the New Investigator Network of Expertise of the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration. He is a current or past member of advisory boards for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Veterans Affairs, Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for EBP in Nursing and Healthcare, National Child Traumatic Stress Network, National Institutes of Health, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Byron has also served as an ad hoc grant reviewer (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Canadian Institute for Health Research, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and the William T. Grant Foundation), and is on the editorial board of Implementation Science.