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Michael D. Lyons

Assistant Professor of Education
Unit: Curry School of Education
Department: Curry School of Education
Office location and address
417 Emmet St S
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 2014
M.A., University of South Carolina, 2011
B.A., University of Michigan

I am interested in the social-emotional development of middle and high school students in a positive psychological and traditional mental health framework. Specifically, my research reflects an interest in understanding the mechanisms and practices in a school setting that promote student well-being and school-relevant outcomes (e.g., grades and behavior) through an ecological model. I am especially interested in school-based mentoring programs as one approach for promoting student well-being and enhancing academic outcomes.

Virginia Statewide Partnership for School Mental Health Professional Development
Source: Virginia Department Of Education
October 01, 2019 – September 30, 2021
Virginia Statewide Partnership for School Mental Health Professional Development - Year 2
Source: Virginia Department Of Education
October 01, 2020 – September 30, 2021
CU-Promoting positive youth development through instrumental mentoring
Source: Society for the Study of School Psychology
July 01, 2016 – June 30, 2017
EDHS 2895: Minding the Mind: Engaging Youth in Learning
Credits: 3
Learning is how we create knowledge of our world. This course overviews prominent theories of learning and affords the opportunity to deepen this knowledge through tutoring youth in school. The course covers methods of analyzing learning tasks, understanding the role of memory in learning, cultural and individual variations among learners, and principles for reinforcing and engaging learners. Class content mirrorsactivities with tutees.
EDHS 4995: Directed Research
Credits: 1–6
Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
EDHS 7630: Seminar: Issues in Professional Psychology
Credits: 3
Reviews the historical antecedents of contemporary practice. Centers on ethics, regulation of the profession, legislative and legal issues relative to practice, interdisciplinary issues, public policy, future decisions and professional identity.
EDHS 8690: School/Clinical Psychology Practicum
Credits: 1–6
Supervised field experience in activities central to the role of the school/child psychologist. Prerequisite: EDHS 7640.
EDHS 9995: Independent Research
Credits: 1–12
Independent Research
EDHS 9998: Doctoral Research Apprenticeship
Credits: 3–12
Designed to give doctoral students experience conducting research in professional settings appropriate to their disciplines. Prerequisite: Advisor permission required.
EDHS 9999: Doctoral Dissertation
Credits: 3–12
Doctoral Dissertation Research completed under the guidance of dissertation committee. 12 hours is required for graduation. Permission of instructor required.