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Karen Lyons

Associate Professor


Karen Lyons, Ph.D., FGSA, is an associate professor at the Connell School of Nursing. Prior to her arrival at Boston College, she headed the PhD program at Oregon Health & Science University.

Dr. Lyons' program of research focuses on family and dyadic experiences of chronic illness with particular emphasis on how and why members of the care dyad are similar and different in their appraisals of the illness context (including patient symptoms). She is interested in the impact this similarity/difference has on management of the illness by the couple or family dyad and ultimately how it impacts the health and well-being of both members. 

She has published extensively across the disciplines of nursing, gerontology, and psychology; work that has led to international collaborations. Her dyadic research has been funded by NIA, NIAMS and the American Cancer Society. In addition, she has served as caregiving/dyadic expert on numerous studies funded by NINR, NCI, American Heart Association and Cancer Research UK. Finally, she is an accomplished teacher with a strong commitment to the mentoring of students and junior faculty.