Gregory A. Aarons, Ph.D.
Child & Adolescent Services Research Center
3020 Children's Way MC-5033
San Diego, CA 92123
Tel: 858-966-7703 x3550
Dr. Aarons received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with minors
in Organizational Psychology and Research Methods from the
University of South Florida. He completed his pre-doctoral
internship at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
and a postdoctoral fellowship in substance abuse and health
services research at UCSD and the Child & Adolescent Services
Research Center at Rady Children’s Hospital. Dr. Aarons
completed a NIMH Mentored Career Development grant focusing on
organizational factors and evidence-based practice in mental
health service settings. Dr. Aarons' current research is funded
by NIMH grants and examines factors affecting statewide
evidence-based practice implementation and organizational
readiness to implement evidence-based practices. Dr. Aarons is a
faculty member in the UCSD/SDSU Joint Doctoral Program in
Psychology and has leadership roles at the Child and Adolescent
Services Research Center and the UCSD Geropsychiatry Advanced
Center for Innovation in Services and Intervention Research.
Dr. Aarons' current research focuses on identifying and
improving organizational factors that impact quality of mental
health services and implementation of evidence-based practice in
real-world practice settings. Dr. Aarons is a collaborative
investigator on a study of implementation of clinical reminders
to improve HIV screening and treatment for at-risk patients in
primary care. He also studies of implementation of
parent-mediated interventions to decrease childhood disruptive
behavior problems. Dr. Aarons’ most recent work focuses on the
role of leadership in evidence-based practice implementation.
Clinical and Teaching Focus
Dr. Aarons gives seminars and presentations on theory and
practical application of research findings to improve
implementation of evidence-based practice. He was an invited
speaker at two recent National Institutes of Health sponsored
conferences on dissemination and implementation of
evidence-based practice. His teaching activities focus on
organizational, provider, and patient factors that impact
effective implementation of evidence-based practice.
Aarons, G. A. (2004). Mental health provider attitudes toward
adoption of evidence-based practice: The Evidence-Based Practice
Attitude Scale (EBPAS). Mental Health Services Research, 6(2),
Aarons, G. A. (2005). Measuring provider attitudes toward
adoption of evidence-based practice: Consideration of
organizational context and individual differences. Child and
Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America. [Special Issue]
Evidence-Based Practice, Part II: Effecting Change. Burns, B.
J., & Hoagwood, K. E. (Eds.) 14(2), 255-271.
Aarons, G. A., & Sawitzky, A. C. (2006). Organizational culture
and climate and mental health provider attitudes toward
evidence-based practice. Psychological Services, 3(1), 61-72.
Aarons, G. A., & Sawitzky, A. C. (2006). Organizational climate
partially mediates the effect of culture on work attitudes and
turnover. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental
Health Services Research,33(3), 289-301.
Aarons, G. A. (2006). Transformational and transactional
leadership: Association with attitudes toward evidence-based
practice in mental health services. Psychiatric Services. 57(8),