Dr. Beidas, an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine, directs the ARCH (Accelerating Research-to-Practice in Community Health) Lab, which has two primary foci: (1) improving behavioral health and the quality of behavioral health services for traditionally underserved patients; and (2) advancing the study of methods to promote the systematic uptake of research findings and other evidence-based practices into routine practice to improve the quality and effectiveness of health services (i.e., implementation science). Dr. Beidas is an established expert in implementation science; a recent social network analysis conducted by Norton and colleagues identified her as among the top 10 implementation science experts nationally. Dr. Beidas has published approximately 100 articles and is the co-editor of the only book published on EBPs in youth, Dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices in child and adolescent mental health. Dr. Beidas’s work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health continuously since 2012. She is principal investigator on an R01 on fidelity measurement of cognitive-behavioral therapy for youth in the community; and multiprincipal investigator on a T32 and P50 on implementation science; and serves as the implementation science methodologist on a number of grants from NCI, NHLBI, and NIMH. Dr. Beidas is deeply committed to partnering with community stakeholders to understand the best way to implement evidence-based practices and improve behavioral health and health services across a variety of settings including community mental health, pediatric primary care, and schools.
Dr. Beidas and her group are invested in building capacity in implementation science and growing the next generation of implementation science investigators. In that vein, Dr. Beidas is Director of Implementation Research in the Penn Center for Mental Health, directs the Penn Implementation Science Working Group, and serves as course co-director of a semester-long implementation science course offered through the Penn Masters of Health Policy. She also co-directs a three day Implementation Science Institute offered annually to internal and external attendees at Penn, offered annually. She loves being a part of the IRI network in that it helps her maintain up-to-date knowledge in a quickly evolving field and the deep network of investigators who provide support and collaboration opportunities.
Dr. Beidas holds a bachelor of arts in psychology from Colgate University and a doctorate of philosophy in psychology from Temple University. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania. Dr. Beidas is a senior fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute and directs the Leonard Davis Institute’s Implementation Science Working Group. She is also an alumnus fellow of the NIH funded Training Institute in Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH), Implementation Research Institute (IRI), and the Child Intervention and Prevention Services (CHIPS) Fellowship. She is the recipient of a number of awards, including the ABCT President’s New Researcher Award in 2015; the American Psychological Foundation Diane J. Willis Early Career Award; and the Perelman School of Medicine Marjorie Bowman New Investigator Research Award in 2017.