PhD, Social Work, Washington University in St. Louis
Cohort Two Fellow

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
Washington University in St. Louis, Brown School of Social Work: Assistant Professor

Areas of Expertise

Implementation ScienceMental Health and Well-Being, Behavioral Health


Dr. Byron Powell’s research focuses on efforts to improve the quality of behavioral health and social services. His scholarship has focused on barriers and facilitators to implementing evidence-based practices, assessing the effectiveness of implementation strategies, developing methods for designing and tailoring implementation strategies, and advancing implementation research methods. His work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the William T. Grant Foundation.

Dr. Powell has taught graduate courses on social work practice and implementation science, and he has served as an expert faculty member for several national training initiatives including the Implementation Research Institute, Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH), TIDIRH-Ireland, and the Knowledge Translation Canada Summer Institute. Dr. Powell is co-chair of the Society for Social Work and Research’s Implementation Special Interest Group and the Society for Implementation Research Collaboration’s New Investigator Network of Expertise. He is on the editorial board of Implementation Science and Social Work Research.