1999 Ph.D. Social Work SUNY at Buffalo.
1988 M.Ed. (MSW ) Social Work University of Manchester, UK.
1984 Advanced Diploma Education University of Manchester, UK.
1982 Certificate of Qualification Social Work University of Manchester, UK.
Program Evaluation and Decision-making
Dr. Peter Lyons is vice provost and dean of Perimeter College at Georgia State, one of the largest degree-granting colleges in the nation.
As vice provost and dean, Lyons is the executive officer for the college and is responsible for academic, administrative, research and service functions. The vice provost and dean reports to the senior vice president for Academic Affairs and provost of Georgia State University and is responsible for visionary, innovative leadership and effective administration of the college.
Perimeter College offers five campuses (plus an extensive online program) serving metropolitan Atlanta–in Alpharetta, Clarkston, Decatur, Dunwoody and Newton County.
Before assuming the Perimeter role in January 2016, Lyons was the associate provost for institutional effectiveness at Georgia State and professor of social work in the university’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. He joined the faculty of Georgia State in 1998 as an assistant professor in the School of Social Work. He progressed to the positions of associate professor, director of the Center for Collaborative Social Work and full professor between 2004 and 2012.
As associate provost for institutional effectiveness, he spearheaded the university’s move to a single authoritative data system, redesigned the academic program review and administrative unit review process and led the university through accreditation-related initiatives. He helped stabilize the School of Nursing and Health Professions through its leadership transition and developed and coordinated the consolidation plan for Georgia Perimeter College and Georgia State.
Lyons received his doctoral degree in social work from SUNY Buffalo and earned his master’s degree in social work and an advanced diploma in education at the University of Manchester in the United Kingdom.
His research and publications are in the areas of child maltreatment, risk assessment, program evaluation and decision-making. He is co-author, with Howard J. Doueck, of the book “The Dissertation: from Beginning to End,” published by Oxford University Press in 2010.
Lyons has presented scholarly papers at national and international conferences and published numerous journal articles, monographs and book chapters. He was the founding director of the Center for Collaborative Social Work at GSU, and as Principle Investigator on the school’s Professional Excellence and Child Welfare Education grants, has been the recipient of more than $15 million in external funding.
Lyons’ wife Teresa is also a Georgia State graduate, and both of Lyons’ sons graduated from Georgia State before moving on to graduate studies at Harvard University.
- Committees and Organizations
2014 – 2015 – Co-Chair Search Committee for Dean, Byrdine F. Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions
2014 – 2015 – Chair, Search Committee, Center for Instructional Effectiveness
2013 – 2014 – Co-Chair- Search Committee for Associate Provost for Graduate Programs
2010 Chair Search Committee, Center for Teaching and Learning
2010 – 2013 – Coalition of Urban Serving Universities, GSU representative.
2010 – 2013 – Health Strand Representative, Coalition of Urban Serving Universities.
2010 – Present Regents Administrative Committee on Institutional Effectiveness and Accreditation (RACEA).
2010 – 2015 – RACEA Task Force 3 – Institution-Wide Strategic Planning, Quality Enhancement and Continuous Improvement
2010 – Present – Senate: Academic Program Review Committee
2010 – 2013 – Senate Committee on Academic Programs
2010 – Present Senate Planning and Development
2010 – 2013 – Senate Faculty Affairs 2010
2010 – 2011 – Senate Admissions and Standards
2010 – Present – Subcommittee on Academic Change Templates: Chair
2010 – Present – Academic Program Review Committee: Fall 2010 Acting Chair
2010 – 2011 – Committee to Review Academic Program Review: Chair
2010 – Present – Enrollment Management Committee
2010 – Present – Administrative Council
2010 – 2013 – Information Technology Steering Group
2007 – CDC/GSU Research Project Review Committee
2002 – 2004 – University Senate
2002 – 2004 – Senate Standards and By Laws Committee
2002 – 2004 – Senate Library Committee
2002 – 2004 – Senate Commencement Committee
2002 – 2004 – Senate Self Study Subcommittee
2007 – 2009 – Student Appeals Committee, Chair
2005 – 2006 – Faculty Advisory Committee to the Dean
2000 – 2004 – Student Appeals Committee
1999 – 2000 – Academic Affairs Committee
2000 – 2002 – Academic Affairs Committee, Chair
2004 – Director Study Abroad Program. United Kingdom
2005 – Director Study Abroad Program. United Kingdom
2000 – 2001 – Admissions Committee
1998 – 2000 – Curriculum Committee
2000 – 2008 – MSW Program Committee
2002 – 2003 – Strategic Planning Committee
1999 – 2001 – Search Committee
2005 – 2006 – Search Committee
2008 – 2009 – Search Committee, Chair
2004 – 2005 – Center Development Committee
2004 – 2006 – Academic Program Review Committee
2005 – 2006 – Community Forum Planning Committee
2006 – 2007 – Promotion and Tenure Committee, Chair
2006 – 2007 – MSW Program Committee 2
Board Member and Education Chair, GAPSAC Georgia Chapter, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. 1999-2000.
Vice President GAPSAC Georgia Chapter, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. 2000-2001.
President GAPSAC Georgia Chapter, American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. 2001-2003.
Member: Georgia Department of Human Resources Child Welfare Advisory Committee.
Board member: Parents Educating Parents and Professionals about Children (PEPPAC) 1998-2000).
Member Advisory Board: Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic, Emory University School of Law 2000-2010).
Technical Consultant: Georgia Department of Human Resources: Child and Family Services
Federal Review and State Evaluation. 2001-2002.
Research consultant Governor’s Task Force on Child Protection. 2000.
Consultant for Program Evaluation: Families First, Atlanta GA.
Co-Chair Georgia Statewide Child Welfare Education Consortium. 2000-2003.
Chair, Georgia Child Welfare Training Advisory Committee, 1999-2000.
Symposium Planning Committee. Prevent Child Abuse Georgia 20th Annual Symposium 2004.
Technical Consultant Georgia Concept Guided Risk Assessment implementation and evaluation. 2004 – 2005.
Mentor, Georgia Youth Challenge Academy, Fort Gordon, Georgia. 2006-2007
Chair, IV E Policy Committee. Georgia Statewide Child Welfare Education Consortium. 2007.
Authored plan to develop research center in school of social work, which was approved by the Board of Regents.
Authored the statewide plan for advanced skill training for state CPS workers, thus creating $1.5 million line item in state budget. http://chhs.gsu.edu/socialwork/docs/GADFCSProfessionalDevelopmentPlan.pdf
Authored and enacted plan for Georgia’s Statewide Education Consortium. http://chhs.gsu.edu/socialwork/docs/GAChildWelfareConsortium.pdf
Invited participant in a National Resource Center on Child Maltreatment project in developing a Public Child Welfare Child Maltreatment Research Agenda, for the Federal Government.
Lyons, P. & Doueck, H. J. (2010). The dissertation: from beginning to end. Oxford University Press: NY.
Peer Reviewed Publications
Hartinger-Saunders, R. M. & Lyons, P. (2013). Social work education and public child welfare: A review of the peer-reviewed literature on Title IV-E funded programs. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 7:275–297, 2013
Lyons, P. Beck, E., Lyons, M. J. (2011). Capitalizing capitol capital: Policy advocacy in child welfare. Families in Society 92 (3) 1 – 7
Lyons, P., &. Winter, C. (2010) Finding and selecting a Management Information System in a Family Service Agency: Issues for consideration and lessons learned. Families in Society. 91(4) 440 – 446
Littrel, J. L., & Lyons, P. (2010) Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: Part I – Is it related to Classical Bipolar? Children and Youth Services Review. 32, 945 – 964
Littrel, J. L., & Lyons, P. (2010) Pediatric Bipolar Disorder: Part II – An issue for child welfare. Children and Youth Services Review. 32, 965 – 973
Lyons, P., & Doueck, H. J. (2009). The Child Well-Being Scales as a Predictor of Casework Activity and Services in Child Protection. Journal of Public Child Welfare. 3 (2) 1-35
Sedlak, A. J., Schultz, D. Wells, S. J., Lyons, P., Doueck, H. J. & Gragg, F. (2006) Child Protection and justice system processing of serious child abuse and neglect cases. Child Abuse & Neglect. 30(6) 657-677.
Sedlak, A. J., Doueck, H. K., Lyons, P., Wells, S. J., Schultz, D., & Gragg, F. (2005) Child maltreatment and the justice system: Predictors of court involvement. Research on Social Work Practice. 15(5), 389-403.
Lyons, P. (2005) Reflections on child care through a cross-cultural mirror. Child Care in Practice, 11(1) 1-3
Wells, S. J., Lyons, P., Doueck, H. J. Brown, C. H. & Thomas, J. (2004) Ecological factors and screening in child protection. Children and Youth Services Review 26, 981-997.
Lyons, P. Salovitz., B. Doueck, H. J. & Crawford, F. S. (2000). Preliminary results of a national survey of risk assessment use by the states. Thirteenth National Roundtable on CPS Risk Assessment: Selected Highlights
Lyons, P. (2000). Avoiding the”Ready, Fire, Aim” syndrome in reforming the child welfare system. Georgia Academy Journal: Special Edition child welfare in Georgia 6-10.
Lyons, P., Doueck, H. J., Koster, A. J., Witzky, M. K, & Kelly P. L. (1999). Implementation of the Child Well-Being Scales as a clinical tool and a management information system. Child Welfare, 78(2), 241-258.
Lyons, P., & Doueck, H. J. (1999) “The Child Well-Being Scales as a predictor of case worker attention and services in child protection: A preliminary analysis.” 12th National Roundtable on CPS Risk Assessment: Selected highlights. APWA: Washington, DC 131-144
Lyons, P., Wodarski, J, S. & Feit, M, (1998). Human behavior theory: Emerging trends and issues. Human Behavior in the Social Environment 1(1) 1-25.
Lyons, P., & Rittner, B, (1998) The social construction of the crack baby phenomenon. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry 68(2) 313-319 .
Lyons, P., & Doueck, H. J., & Levine, M. (1998) Adolescent maltreatment and caseworker attention in Child Protective Services. Journal of Child Centered Practice, 5(2), 29-50.
Lyons, P., Doueck, H, J., & Wodarski, J, S., (1996), Risk Assessment for child protective services: A review of the empirical literature on instrument performance. Social Work Research 20(3), 143-152.
Lyons, P., Doueck, H, J., & Koster, A, J., (1995) Computerized risk assessment: Implementation of the Child Well-Being Scales, In Toshio Tatara (Ed), Eighth National Roundtable on CPS Risk Assessment: Selected Highlights, APWA Washington
Lyons, P. & Lyons, T. (2005). The role of social work in child maltreatment. In A. Giardino, & R. Alexander, Child maltreatment: A clinical guide and reference. 3rd edition. St. Louis MO: GW Medical Publishing. (pp. 1031-1063)
Lyons, P., & Feit, M., (2002) Human behavior theory: Emerging trends and issues. In, Human Behavior and the social environment: Integrating theory and evidence based practice, Editors John S. Wodarski and Sophia F. Dziegielewski. New York: Springer Publishing. (pp 270-294)
Lyons, P. (1998) Child Maltreatment. In, J. S. Wodarski, & B. A. Thyer (Eds) Handbook of clinical social work: Guide to empirically validated interventions. Volume 2: Social problems and practice issues. New York: John Wiley & Sons
Lyons, P. (1998). Risk assessment. In, N. C. Barker (Ed). Child abuse and neglect: An interdisciplinary method of treatment. Dubuque: Iowa. Kendall/Hunt (pp 243-257)
Lyons, P., McLaughlin, M., Schroeder, L., York, J., & Mobely, A. (2008). Process and Outcome Evaluation Summary: Professional Excellence Program (2007-2008). School of Social Work, GSU: Atlanta, GA.
Lyons, P. & McLaughlin, M., (2007) Maternal Substance Abuse and Child Development Project: Program Evaluation. Technical Report for Emory University Atlanta GA
Lyons, P. (2007) Annual Client Satisfaction Survey Results, Families First, Atlanta GA.
Lyons, P., McLaughlin, M., Schroeder, L., York, J., & Mobely, A. (2007). Process and Outcome Evaluation Summary: Professional Excellence Program (2006-2007). School of Social Work, GSU: Atlanta, GA.
Lyons, P. & McLaughlin, M., (2006) Maternal Substance Abuse and Child Development Project: Program Evaluation. Technical Report for Emory University Atlanta GA
Lyons, P. (2006) Annual Client Satisfaction Survey Results, Families First, Atlanta GA.
Lyons, P. (2006) Families and Schools Together (FAST): Process and Outcomes. Families First, Atlanta GA.
Lyons, P. & McLaughlin, M., (2005) Maternal Substance Abuse and Child Development Project: Program Evaluation. Technical Report for Emory University Atlanta GA
Lyons, P. (2005) Families and Schools Together (FAST): Process and Outcomes. Families First, Atlanta GA.
Lyons, P. (2005) Annual Client Satisfaction Survey Results, Families First, Atlanta GA.
Lyons, P. (2004) Families and Schools Together (FAST): Process and Outcomes. Families First, Atlanta GA.
Lyons, P. (2004) Annual Client Satisfaction Survey Results, Families First, Atlanta GA.
Lyons, P. & Desai, D. (2003). The Teenage Pregnancy and Parenting (TAPP) Program: Program Evaluation and Analysis of Years 1998-99 & 1999-00. Atlanta, GA: Families First.
Lyons, P. & Desai. D (2003) Families and Schools Together (FAST): Process and Outcomes. Families First, Atlanta GA.
Barclay, A., Barclay, M., Condit, V., Crossley, W., Fusco, S., Gibson, J. C., Grindall, L., Hall, J., Lyons, P., Oliver, M. M., Reimels, E., Tucker, L., & Worthington, K., (2002) Workplace supports to improve Georgia’s child protective services. Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic, Emory University School of Law, Atlanta GA.
Lyons, P. (2000) Georgia Child Welfare Research, Education, and Training Consortium: An agenda to re-professionalize Georgia’s public child welfare system. Proposal presented to the Georgia State Legislature, Human Services Subcommittee, and to Georgia Department of Human Services.
Alexander, R. Lyons, P. & Wood, S. (2000) A “Peachprint” for Georgia: Recommendations for reform and to reduce child maltreatment. Georgia Chapter American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.