Academic Title
Major Area(s) of Study
Professor UCSD Behavioral Medicine / Experimental Psychopathology
Address 858-966-7703
University of California, San Diego / Department of Psychiatry / 9500 Gilman Drive (0812) / La Jolla, CA 92093-0812

Graduate Institution

University of South Florida

Research Description

Dr. Aarons is a psychologist and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego. His current work, funded by National Institute of Mental Health and the Centers for Disease Control, focuses on developing and testing approaches to evidence-based practice implementation and sustainment in health, mental health, and social service settings. Dr. Aarons’ implementation studies examine evidence-based practice implementation for child neglect and the use of community engagement and collaboration to support appropriate adaptation of system, organization, and intervention characteristics during implementation. His other current projects examine the effectiveness of promoting interagency collaboration to scale-up an evidence-based practice across an entire child welfare system, a study focusing on how to effectively develop local expertise to implement an evidence-based HIV preventive intervention in community health centers in Mexico, and optimizing leadership and organizational development strategies to promote effective evidence-based practice implementation in healthcare and allied healthcare settings. Dr. Aarons is an Associate Editor of the journal Implementation Science and on the editorial board of Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.

Representative Publications
  • Aarons, G.A. & Sommerfeld, D.H. (2012). Leadership, Innovation Climate, and Attitudes toward Evidence-Based Practice during a Statewide Implementation. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 51, 423-431.

  • Aarons, G.A., Glisson, C., Green, P.D., Hoagwood, K., Kelleher, K.J., Landsverk, J.A., & The Research Network on Children’s Mental Health. (2012). The organizational social context of mental health services and clinician attitudes toward evidence-based practice: A United States national study. Implementation Science, 7:56.

  • Aarons, G.A., Hurlburt, M. & Horwitz, S.M. (2011). Advancing a Conceptual Model of Evidence-Based Practice Implementation in Public Service Sectors. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research,38, 4-23.


Lauren Brookman-Frazee, PhD / Ralph DiClemente, PhD / Eric Granholm, PhD / Kimberly Hoagwood, PhD / Michael Hurlburt, PhD / Sheryl Kataoka, MD / John Landsverk, PhD / Anna Lau, PhD / Douglas Novins, MD / Thomas Patterson, PhD / Enloa Proctor, PhD / Aubyn Stahmer, PhD