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Lisa B. Dixon

Lisa B. Dixon M.D.

Academic Title: Adjunct Professor
Primary Appointment: Psychiatry
Additional Title(s): Director, Division of Services Research; Associate Director for Research, VA Capitol Health Care Network Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center; Vice Chair, Institutional Review Board
Location: 737 West Lombard Street 520
Phone: (410) 706-3211
Fax: (410) 706-0022

Personal History:

Dr. Dixon received a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics at Harvard College. She then completed her Medical Degree at the Cornell University Medical College, a research fellowship at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, and a Masters of Public Health at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. Dr. Dixon joined the faculty of the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1990, serving as the Medical Director of the Assertive Community Treatment Team for Homeless Mentally Ill Adults. She became Director of Education and Residency Training in 1998, a position she held until 2002. Dr. Dixon joined the VA as Associate Director of Research for the Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center in 2001, and assumed the additional role of Director of the Division of Services Research in 2002.

Research Interests:

Dr. Dixon’s clinical experience and research have focused on persons with severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia who have co-morbid medical and substance use disorders, homelessness and other vulnerabilities as well as on services to family members. The overall goal of her work has been to develop, test and disseminate strategies to improve the quality of care for persons with these disorders. She has received competitive grant funding from NIMH, NIDA, the VA and private foundations. She has received numerous local and national awards, chairs the NIMH health services specialty sector review committee, and has authored more than 100 papers published in peer-reviewed journals.


Dixon L, Lehman AF: Family interventions for schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin  1995;21:631-643.

Scott JE, Dixon L: Assertive community treatment and case management for schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin 1995;21:657-688.

Dixon L, Weiden P, Torres M, Lehman A: Assertive community treatment and medication compliance in the homeless mentally ill. American Journal of Psychiatry. 1997;154:1302-1304.

Dixon L, McNary S, Lehman A: One year follow-up of secondary versus primary mental disorder in persons with comorbid substance use disorders, American Journal of Psychiatry 1997;154:1610-1612.

Lehman A, Dixon L, Kernan E, DeForge B, Postrado L: A randomized trial of assertive community treatment for homeless persons with severe mental illness, Archives of General Psychiatry 1997;54:1038-1043.

Dixon L, Hackman A, Lehman AF: Consumers as staff in assertive community treatment programs, Administration and Policy in Mental Health 1997;25:199-208.

Dixon L, McNary S, Lehman AF: Remission from substance use disorders in severe mental illness, American Journal of Psychiatry 1998;155:239-243.

Lehman AF, Steinwachs DM, PORT Co-Investigators: Buchanan R, Carpenter WT, Dixon L, Fahey M, Fischer P, Goldman GG, Kasper J, Levine J, Lyles A, McGlynn E, Osher F, Postrado L, Rosenheck R, Scott JC, Skinner E, Thompson J, Zito J: At issue: Translating research into practice: The Schizophrenia Patient Outcomes Research Team (PORT) Treatment Recommendations, Schizophrenia Bulletin 1998;24:1-9.

Lehman AF, Steinwachs DM, PORT Co-Investigators: Dixon L, Fahey M, Fischer P, Hoch J, Kasper J, Lyles A, Postrado L, Scott JC, Shore A, Skinner E: Patterns of usual care for schizophrenia: Initial results from the Schizophrenia PORT client survey, Schizophrenia Bulletin 1998;24:11-19.

Dixon L, Lyles A, Scott J, Lehman A, Postrado L, Goldman H, McGlynn: Services to families of adults with schizophrenia: From treatment recommendations to dissemination, Psychiatric Services 1999;50:233-238.

Dixon L, Goldman HH, Hirad A: State policy and funding of services to families of adults with serious and persistent mental illness, Psychiatric Services 1999;50:551-552.

Dixon L, Turner J, Krauss N, Scott J, McNary S: Case managers' and clients' perspectives on a representative payee program, Psychiatric Services 1999;50:781-786.

Lehman AF, Dixon L, Hoch JS, DeForge B, Kernan E, Frank R: Cost-effectiveness of assertive community treatment for homeless persons with severe mental illness, British Journal of Psychiatry 1999;174:346-352.

Dixon L, Postrado L, Delahanty J, Fisher P, Lehman A: The association of medical comorbidity in schizophrenia with poor physical and mental health, Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 1999;187:496-502.

Dixon L, Adams C, Lucksted A: Family Psychoeducation for Schizophrenia: An Update, Schizophrenia Bulletin 2000;26(1)4-20

Dixon L, Weiden P, Delahanty J, Goldberg R, Postrado L, Lucksted A, Lehman A: Prevalence and correlates of diabetes in national schizophrenia samples, Schizophrenia Bulletin 2000;26(4): 903-912

Delahanty J, Ram R, Postrado L, Balis T, Green-Paden L, Dixon L: Differences in rates of depression in schizophrenia by race, Schizophrenia Bulletin 2001;27(1):29-38

Dixon L, Lyles A, Smith C, Hoch J, Fahey M, Postrado L, Lucksted A, Lehman A: Use and costs for ambulatory services among Medicare enrollees with schizophrenia, Psychiatric Services 2001;52:786-792

Dixon L, McFarlane W, Lefley H, Lucksted A, Cohen M, Falloon I, Mueser K, Miklowitz D, Solomon P, Sondheimer D: Evidence-based practices for services to families of people with psychiatric disabilities, Psychiatric Services 2001;52:903-910.

McFarlane W, McNary S, Dixon L, Hornby H, Cimett E: Predictors of dissemination of family psychoeducation in community mental health centers in Maine and Illinois, Psychiatric Services 2001;52:935-942.

Dixon L, Stewart B, Burland J, Delahanty J, Lucksted A, Hoffman M: Pilot study of the effectiveness of the Family-to-Family Education Program, Psychiatric Services 2001;52:965-967.

Dixon L, Green-Paden L, Delahanty J, Lucksted A, Postrado L, Hall J: Variables associated with disparities in treatment of patients with schizophrenia and comorbid mood and anxiety disorders, Psychiatric Services 2001;52:1216-1222.

Fenton WS, Hoch J, Herrell J, Mosher L, Dixon L: Randomized trial of hospital vs. crisis residential care for patients with serious mental illness II: Cost and cost-effectiveness, Archives of General Psychiatry 2002; 59:357-364.

Lehman AF, Goldberg RW, Dixon L, McNary S, Postrado L, Hackman A, McDonnell K: Improving employment outcomes for persons with severe mental illness, Archives of General Psychiatry 2002; 59:165-172.

Dixon L,  Hoch JS, Clark R, Bebout R, Drake R, McHugo G, Becker D: Cost-effectiveness of two vocational rehabilitation programs for persons with severe mental illness,  Psychiatric Services 2002; 53:1118-1124

Dickerson FB, McNary SW, Brown CH, Kreyenbuhl J, Goldberg RW, Dixon L: Somatic healthcare utilization among adults with serious mental illness who are receiving community psychiatric services. Medical Care  2003;4, 560-570

Lucksted A, McGuire C, Postrado L, Kreyenbuhl J, Dixon L: Specifying Cigarette Smoking & Quitting among People with Serious Mental Illness, American Journal of Addictions, 2004: 13, 128-138

Dixon L, Lucksted A, Stewart B, Burland J, Brown C, Postrado L, McGuire C, Hoffman M.: Outcomes of the Peer-Taught 12-Week Family-to-Family Education Program for Severe Mental Illness, Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 2004:109, 207-215

Lehman AF, Lieberman JA, Dixon LB, McGlashan TH, Miller AL, Perkins DO, Kreyenbuhl J; American Psychiatric Association; Steering Committee on Practice Guidelines. Am J Psychiatry. 2004: 161(2 Suppl), 1-56.

Lehman AF, Kreyenbuhl J, Buchanan R, Dickerson F, Dixon L, Goldberg R, Green-Paden L, Tenhula W, Boerescu D, Tek C, Sandson N, Steinwachs D: The Schizophrenia Patient Outcomes Research Team (PORT): Updated Treatment Recommendations 2003, Schizophrenia Bulletin, 2004, 30 (2): 193-217

Dixon L, Kreyenbuhl J, Dickerson F, Donner T, Brown C, Wohlheiter K, Postrado L, Goldberg R, Messias E, Fang LJ: A Comparison of Type 2 Diabetes Outcomes Among Individuals With and Without Severe Mental Illnesses, Psychiatric Services 2004, 55: 892-900.

Himelhoch S,  Kreyenbuhl J, Lehman AL, Dixon L: Prevalence of Chronic Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease Among Individuals with Serious Mental Illness, American Journal of Psychiatry, 2004, 161(12):2317-9.

Goldberg R, Himelhoch S, Kreyenbuhl J, Dickerson F, Hackman A, Fang L, Brown C, Wohlheiter K, Dixon L. Predictors of HIV and Hepatitis Testing and Related Service Utilization Among Individuals with Serious Mental Illness, Psychosomatics,  2005 Nov-Dec;46(6):573-7

Dickerson F, Goldberg R, Brown C, Kreyenbuhl J, Wohlheiter K, Fang L, Medoff D, Dixon L: Diabetes Knowledge Among Persons with Serious Mental Illness and Type 2 Diabetes, Psychosomatics, 2005 Sep-Oct;46(5):418-24.

Dickerson F, Brown C, Kreyenbuhl J, Fang L, Goldberg R, Wohlheiter K, Dixon L: Obesity among Individuals with Serious Mental Illness: Comparison with a Matched General Population Sample and Clinical Correlates, Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 2006;113:306-313

Murray-Swank A, Lucksted A, Medoff D, Yang Y, Wohlheiter K, Dixon L: Religiosity, psychosocial adjustment, and subjective burden among family caregivers of persons with serious mental illness, Psychiatric Services, 2006 Mar;57(3):361-5.

Kreyenbuhl J, Dickerson F, Medoff D, Brown C, Goldberg R, Fang L, Wohlheiter K, Mittal L, Dixon L: Extent and Management of Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes and Serious Mental Illness, Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 2006;194:404-410

Dickerson F, Brown C, Daumit G, Fang L, Goldberg R, Wohlheiter K, Dixon L: Health Status of Individuals with Serious Mental Illness, Schizophrenia Bulletin, 2006;32: 584-589.

Kelly D, Dixon L, Kreyenbuhl J, Medoff D, Lehman A, Love R, Brown C, Conley R: Clozapine Outcomes and Race in a Public Mental Health System, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, in press

Glynn S, Cohen A, Dixon L, Niv N: The potential impact of the recovery movement on family interventions for schizophrenia: Opportunities and obstacles, Schizophrenia Bulletin, 2006;32: 451-463.

Goldberg R, Dickerson F, Kryenbuhl J, Medoff D, Wohlheiter K, Fang L, Dixon L: Quality of Diabetes Care for Persons with Severe Mental Illness, Psychiatric Services, in press

Dixon L, Medoff D, Wohlheiter K, DiClemente C, Goldberg R, Kreyenbuhl J, Adams C, Lucksted A, Davin C. Correlates of smoking severity among persons with SMI, American Journal on Addictions, in press

Dickerson F, Brown CH, Fang L, Goldberg RW, Kreyenbuhl J, Wohlheiter K, Dixon L: Quality of life in individuals with serious mental illness and Type 2 Diabetes, Psychosomatics, in press