BYRON POWELL
PhD, Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis
Cohort Two Fellow
bjpowell@email.unc.edu

Academic Mentor
Enola Proctor
Professor, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis

Policy Mentor
Susan Stepleton
Director, Policy Forum, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis

Current Institutional Affiliation
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

Child Welfare and Foster Care SystemsEvidence-Based/Evidence-Informed ProgramsImplementation ScienceMental Health and Well-BeingHierarchical Linear ModelingRegression Modeling, Case Study ResearchContent AnalysisMixed MethodsAdolescents and Young AdultsSchool-aged Children, Behavioral Health, Organizational Change, Systems Science, Quality Improvement

BIOGRAPHY

Byron J. Powell, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management and a Research Fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Byron’s research focuses on efforts to improve the quality of behavioral health and social services provided in community settings. Specifically, he is working to develop a better understanding of the types of strategies that can be used to implement effective services, and the organizational and systemic factors that can facilitate or impede implementation and quality improvement. 

Byron received his doctoral training at Washington University in St. Louis, where he participated in National Institutes of Health-funded fellowship programs in mental health services research (NIMH T32MH19960) and clinical research (NCRR TL1RR024995). His dissertation was a mixed methods multiple case study of six children’s mental health organizations that afforded the opportunity to learn from organizational leaders and providers and to evaluate the extent to which “implementation as usual” reflected emerging best practices specified in the literature. The study received funding from National Institute of Mental Health (F31MH098478), the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (Fellowship for the Advancement of Child Well-Being), and the Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation. 

Prior to coming to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Byron was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.