Kelley Lyons is the coordinator of student assistance programs for Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and West Virginia.
In her role, she oversees the lead student specialists and student specialists in her region, providing supervision and guidance for their work offering alcohol, tobacco, and drug education and prevention programs and services to local schools. Their services include educational programs and psychoeducational groups that deal with issues such as anger and stress management, grief support, mindfulness, and resiliency for high school students as well as workshops and trainings for parents and educators.
Kelley has worked in Caron’s Student Assistance Program for more than 14 years, starting as a part-time student specialist, moving into a role as lead specialist and then into her current position. Before coming to Caron, she was a behavioral health specialist at a medical center, work that she continues. She has also worked with patients with traumatic brain injuries and at a recreation department as well as resident manager in transitional housing for mentally ill adults. Before entering the behavioral health field, she worked for the U.S. Department of State for almost 15 years.
She has a Master of Arts in counseling psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology, both from Bowie State University.
I love the fact that we're able to meet students when they need us most and help them work through the process of change. Caron treats people first, which is so important to me. Our patients and clients are not defined by their issues. We see who they are as people first and help them address their issues next.”